Depeche Mode's influence on electronic music is incalculable. They're up there with Kraftwerk, Aphex Twin, and Daft Punk. Only six years after the Essex-formed group's debut LP, a seemingly endless string of chart-scaling tracks birthed a greatest-hits album by 1987. And this was before they hit paydirt with "Personal Jesus" and "Enjoy the Silence" on 1990's Violator. They aged well into the Britpop era with '93's Songs of Faith and Devotion, and were exposed to an entirely new generation of fans when unbeliever Marilyn Manson cynically covered their "Personal Jesus" in 2004. Though this year's Delta Machine is atypically bluesy and sexual, David Gahan and Martin Gore still sound utterly like themselves, and the musicianship this time around is particularly inspiring — see the masterful, almost jam-band-like stuff that closes "Secret to the End" or the bumping minimalism of "My Little Universe." With Bat for Lashes.
Tue., Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m., 2013