Don’t Miss: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds @ The Anthem, 2/12/18

Noel Gallagher (Photo by Lawrence Watson)

Noel Gallagher, forever famous as one half of Oasis, has been doing terrific work with his newer band, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. The band released Who Built the Moon?, their third studio album, in November through Noel’s Sour Mash Records. Now on a US tour, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds perform at The Anthem in DC tonight, Feb. 12.

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Music Park: 808 State @ Moogfest — 5/18/17

808 State 07 Graham Massey performs with 808 State at Moogfest 2017 on May 18, 2017.

Distinguished house duo 808 State made a rare US appearance at Moogfest 2017 last week, entertaining guests at the conference VIP opening party and then returning later for a full live set at the Durham Armory in North Carolina on May 18.

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Music Park: Peter Hook & The Light @ Howard Theatre — 11/23/16

Peter Hook and The Light @ Howard Theatre, Washington DC, 11/23/2016 Peter Hook performs at the Howard Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 23. (Photo by Paivi)

Peter Hook, former bassist for Joy Division and New Order, is willing to bet that we are not soon to forget that he contributed significantly to the sound of both bands. If Hooky were a gambling man, this gambit paid off well for him indeed, as he wrapped up a successful US tour of tracks found on the Substance compilations by both bands — a tour where many stops sold out and a local visit to the Howard Theatre last Wednesday drew a very full house indeed.

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Don’t Miss: Careless Memories @ Dodge City — 11/10/16

Peter Hook, formerly of New Order and Joy Division (Photo by Mark McNulty)

Peter Hook and The Light are coming to the Howard Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 23, to play a lot of great songs by Hooky’s former bands New Order and Joy Division. So we at Parklife DC are dedicating our monthly party Careless Memories to Hooky, New Order, Joy Division, and Factory Records and calling it Factory Records 202. (Read more about the upcoming live show by Peter Hook.)

Celebrate with Careless Memories as we give away *five* pairs of tickets to see Peter Hook and The Light live at the Howard Theatre. You can win these tickets by showing up between 8pm and midnight to the next Careless Memories on Thursday, Nov. 10, at Dodge City (917 U St. NW, DC).

I’ll give away a pair of tickets every hour during Careless Memories — likely at 8:30pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm, and 11:30pm.

Watch Peter Hook and The Light, accompanied by a 16-piece choir, perform “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Division at Manchester Cathedral on Nov. 15, 2011:

Thankfully for your Careless Memories host, the following day (Nov. 11) is a Veterans Day federal holiday. So perhaps you too can stay a little later and request your favorite New Order or Joy Division song?

At our Factory Records 202 evening, we’ll play tunes mostly by New Order and Joy Division, but we will also give some love to a few of their Factory Records labelmates — like Section 25, The Wake, The Durutti Column, A Certain Ratio, and others — as well as their fellow Manchester UK bands that set the scene — such as The Buzzcocks, The Chameleons, The Fall, and yes even The Smiths.

RSVP for Careless Memories on Facebook, or simply come out that night! Admission is free. Don’t miss your chance to win a pair of tix to see Peter Hook and The Light at the Howard Theatre on Nov. 23!

Factory Records 202
Careless Memories: A New Wave Party
Dodge City
Thursday, Nov. 10
Show @8pm


Don’t Miss: Peter Hook and The Light @ Howard Theatre, 11/23/16

Peter Hook by Chris Payne
Peter Hook at the Manchester Ritz on Sept. 25, 2014 (Photo by Chris Payne)

You know this man. You probably first met him in the opening chords of “Ceremony.” You definitely got to know him better in the resplendent bassline of “Blue Monday.” As an American, the Manc bassist had become one of your favorite Englishmen by the time you heard him play “Bizarre Love Triangle” or “True Faith.”

He’s Peter Hook, formerly of Joy Division and New Order, and he’s been on a quest to claim his legacy.

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Music Park: Buzzcocks @ 9:30 Club — 9/28/16

Buzzcocks 07 Steve Diggle often stole the show during Buzzcocks 40 at the 9:30 Club on Sept. 28, 2016.

The Buzzcocks buzzed into the 9:30 Club for a 40th anniversary show last Wednesday, delighting a strong gathering with speedy guitars and lyrical anguish.

The extraordinary Manchester quartet, led by vocalists and guitarists Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle, weren’t given much to contemplating their 40th anniversary, and indeed the 40th anniversary of the UK punk explosion, but rather they got down to playing a 21-song set that reviewed their colorful history.

At the 9:30 Club, Steve was the de facto star of the show. The Englishman was grinning ear to ear, barreling down on his guitar like a punk titan, and then pulling it up in the air with a flourish as the crowd in front of him cheered for more.

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Ticket Giveaway: Buzzcocks @ 9:30 Club, 9/28/16

Buzzcocks Buzzcocks (Photo by Leone Collinane)

Punk exploded in the United Kingdom in 1976, and nowhere was that more true than specifically on June 4, 1976, when the Sex Pistols played at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall. Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto — the two men who would form the Buzzcocks, Manchester’s most enduring punk band — organized that gig for the Sex Pistols.

In the film 24 Hour Party People, Factory Records impresario Tony Wilson, portrayed by the actor Steve Coogan, estimates that are 42 people in the room during a recreation of the show, and many of them went on to form monumental bands like Joy Division, The Fall, and even The Smiths.

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