A definitive voice of early-'80s radio and a legacy figure for overall synth pop, Howard Jones is noted for aligning British-flavored New Wave with emerging technologies in music. His two major hits — "No One Is to Blame" and "Things Can Only Get Better" — were shining examples of his ability to appeal to both the pop crowd and the growing cultural underground of the decade. Since the '90s, Jones has embraced his cultlike status with music aficionados, and you can expect many of these types at the Varsity show, as well as exemplary use of studio gear to to create, on the fly, his nostalgic sound. Jones's more recent material sees him still playing in the shrinking synth-pop arena, and while those compositions are certainly well done, everyone will be waiting for the hits tonight. With DJ Jake Rudh. 18+. (Photo by Simon Fowler)
Tue., June 26, 7 p.m., 2012
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