Live Review: The New Pornographers @ 9:30 Club — 11/5/19

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The New Pornographers perform at the 9:30 Club on Nov. 5, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)

I remember when I first discovered The New Pornographers: My roommate blasted Twin Cinema in the late morning after classes, their adventurous pop songs flirting with the saccharine and well-balanced with touches of bitterness, surreality, and unflinching honesty. The interplay of Neko Case’s, A.C. Newman’s, and Dan Bejar’s voices added textures that allowed the songs to float from gauzy to meaty in three minutes.

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Preview: The New Pornographers @ Lincoln Theatre, 11/6/19

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The New Pornographers (Photo by Ebru Yildiz)

Canadian rockers The New Pornographers released In the Morse Code of Brake Lights, the band’s eighth studio album, in September via Collected Works Records. The group’s accompany tour takes them to the 9:30 Club, for a sold-out show, and the Lincoln Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 6!

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Snapshots: Peter Hook & The Light @ Union Transfer — 10/24/19

PeterHook_Philadelphia-17 Peter Hook performs at Union Transfer on Oct. 24, 2019. (Photos by Jason Nicholson; Words by Mickey McCarter)

If you’re a new wave lad like myself, Peter Hook, famed co-founder of Joy Division and New Order, is one of the top bassists alive. He has an unmistakable groove rooted in the glam, and I daresay even blues, of the 1970s — but one that grows and spreads forward into the digital age and beyond.

Hooky remains today a singular and unmistakable musician, keeping his work alive with Peter Hook & The Light, which kicked off a North American Tour in Philadelphia recently to pay tribute to the New Order albums Technique and Republic. Jason Nicholson took some pictures of the band at Union Transfer.

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Preview: Peter Hook & The Light @ Union Transfer, 10/24/19

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Peter Hook performs at Union Transfer on April 26, 2018. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Peter Hook, former bassist of Joy Division and New Order, pays tribute to both acts with a 15-date tour that begins in Philadelphia on Thursday, Oct. 24. Appearing at Union Transfer, Peter Hook & The Light revisit New Order’s Technique, the band’s 1989 album, as well as Republic, their 1993 record, in concert.

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Live Review: Adam Ant @ Lincoln Theatre — 9/23/19

adam_ant_dc_pl-8 Adam Ant performs at the Lincoln Theatre on Sept. 23, 2019. (Photos by Jason Nicholson; Words by Mickey McCarter)

Stuart Goddard, who is responsible for 22 hit singles as Adam Ant, mugged, danced, and chatted his way through a lengthy show with an adoring audience at the Lincoln Theatre recently.

During the show, Adam Ant performed Friend or Foe, his debut solo album (but his fourth studio record overall), live in its entirety for the first time in DC, giving an earnest glam treatment to long-time favorites like “Goody Two Shoes,” “Desperate But Not Serious,” and “Friend or Foe.”

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Live Review: Nick Cave @ Lincoln Theatre — 9/20/19

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Nick Cave (Photo by Kerry Brown)

“Things really changed after the death of my child in that respect. I saw people in a different way. This is what happens. You think you know who you are, and then everything changes,” Nick Cave said at a sold-out show at the Lincoln Theatre recently.

It wasn’t an out of the blue acknowledgement from the gothic rock musician; rather, he was hosting an open forum of conversation and music where folks could ask him anything, and a member of the audience essentially asked him why he’s been compelled to connect with us in such a manner.

“We’re in it together,” Nick declared, in describing the renewed bond he feels with other people after the passing of his son Arthur after an accident in 2015.

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