Psychedelic Furs, Tom Tom Club

It'll be déjà vu all over again when these two hallmark bands of the new-wave era reconvene at First Avenue. The Furs (pictured) crawled out of England's punk scene, its roiling, tempestuous rock leavened with touches of pop, while Richard Butler's blustery lead vocals practically bled irony. Their "Pretty in Pink" became an enduring standard through its ties to the John Hughes brat pack film it inspired. Although there haven't been any new Furs recordings since a 2001 single, the band has toured increasingly in recent years to positive reviews. The current lineup sports originals Butler and brother Tim on bass, longtime associate Mars Williams on sax, drummer Paul Garisto, keyboardist Amanda Kramer, and guitarist Rich Good. Tom Tom Club started as a side project of the Talking Heads' rhythm section, bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz, whose infectious dance beats and playful genre-hopping tunes filled dance clubs worldwide and eventually inspired widespread sampling. A Weymouth-Frantz-led sextet toured for the first time in a decade last year, coinciding with the release of the two-disc Genius of Live, featuring 2001 live versions of such TTC classics as "Genius of Love" and "Wordy Rappinghood" plus Latin-flavored remixes of "Genius of Love" by the likes of Ozomatli and King Coya. Both bands are considerably more timeless than you might expect. 18+. (Photo by mansun79 @ flickr)
Thu., Sept. 8, 6 p.m., 2011

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