Interview: Howard Jones (on Retro Futura Tour @ Pier Six Pavilion [Baltimore, Md.], 7/30/17)

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Howard Jones performs at The Hamilton in DC on Sept. 3, 2016.

“Do you feel scared? I do, but I won’t stop and falter.”

So, sang Howard Jones in his smashing 1985 hit “Things Can Only Get Better,” which in my opinion perfectly framed Howard’s ethos. The Englishman is unflappably upbeat and optimistic, and he makes fantastically irresistible music still today.

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Music Park: Simian Mobile Disco @ Moogfest — 5/19/17

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James Ford and Jas Shaw of UK dance duo Simian Mobile Disco played their only US live show of 2017 at Moogfest in Durham, North Carolina, on May 19 — and all was good.

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Don’t Miss: Depeche Mode @ Verizon Center, 9/7/17

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Depeche Mode (Photo by Anton Corbijn)

Depeche Mode have launched the Global Spirit Tour in support of their new album, Spirit, published March 17 via Columbia Records. The iconic band are touring Europe currently, with their next stop in Athens, Greece, on May 17, and they are due to arrive in North America in Salt Lake City, Utah, on August 23.

Depeche Mode will hit DC for a show at Verizon Center on Thursday, Sept. 7, and some tickets are still available. If that weren’t exciting enough, they are bringing along psych rock quartet Warpaint to open.

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Don’t Miss: Slowdive @ 9:30 Club, 5/7/17

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Slowdive (Photo by Ingrid Pop)

UK shoegazers Slowdive return with a self-titled new album on May 5 via Dead Oceans — their first album in 22 years! Oh, and the band begin a US tour, starting tonight May 2 in St. Paul, Minnesota. That tour lands at 9:30 Club on Sunday, May 7 for a sold-out show.

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