Thanks to wildly successful European imports like M83 leading the way, the big and shiny synth-rock sounds of the Reagan administration have come back in vogue in a big way. The '80s revival has so far been a mixed bag, with far too many newcomers looking to cash in by slavishly aping sonic signifiers from 25 years ago while offering little in the way of original songwriting chops. While Wild Nothing is clearly part of the '80s-emulating camp, thanks to its washes of pristine synthesizers and treble-focused sound, the group's sophomore album Nocturne boasts enough massive hooks to make for memorable listening in any era. Rather than merely mimicking Depeche Mode or doing a take on Duran Duran, frontman Jack Tatum draws inspiration from a gamut of artists. The title track's shadowy elegance and spiral guitar riffs echo Echo and the Bunnymen. The gentle synth-driven ballad "Paradise" feels akin to cheesy radio hits of the era, like Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark's "If You Leave," until it breaks down into extended ambient synth explorations. With Diiv. (Photo by Daniel McMahon.) 18+, $12-$14 door, 8 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612.333.7399.
Sat., Sept. 15, 8 p.m., 2012