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A-ha – MTV Unplugged: Summer Solstice (2017)

A-ha – MTV Unplugged: Summer Solstice (2017)

‘MTV Unplugged: Summer Solstice’ features a beautifully reworked version of A-ha’s breakout hit “Take on Me,” but there’s much more to recommend here.

Gary Numan’s finally earning his props: ‘Thankfully, I’m still here’

Gary Numan’s finally earning his props: ‘Thankfully, I’m still here’

Decades after “Cars” arrived on September 7, 1979 as part of ‘The Pleasure Principle,’ Gary Numan’s influence is only becoming more obvious.

One Track Mind: Future Islands, “Seasons (Waiting On You)” from Singles (2014)

By all rights, this should not be my kind of thing. A synth-pop band fronted by a singer who’s bubbling over with earnestness? Sometimes, the “rules” just do not apply.

CFCF – Outside (2013)

Over the past four years, Canadian Mike Silver has operated under the name CFCF, more often than not creating a remarkable blend of innovative electronic music. That began with his surprising debut Continent

Tears for Fears – The Hurting: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (2013)

Tears for Fears – The Hurting: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (2013)

The Hurting is the kind of album that gets deeper, and deeper still, the longer you listen. Thirty years haven’t changed that, as this newly remixed and expanded version of Tears for Fears’ 1983 debut shows.

Postal Service – Turn Around (2013): One Track Mind

Welcome back, Postal Service — this time for real. “Turn Around” is a squelchy, hook-focused dance number, but with the kind of lyrical midnight-blue melancholy that propelled the glorious X-fueled nihilism of New Order back in the 1980s.

On Second Thought: The Fixx – Beautiful Friction (2012)

I’ve found that the Fixx’s Beautiful Friction becomes a richer experience the longer it plays — and the longer it stays.

Owl City – Live From Los Angeles DVD/Blu-ray (2012)

Owl City represents the new paradigm in music: Just a kid at his parents’ house, mixing up an emotive brand of synthpop and posting it up on the Internet — but sounding to all the world like a polished and produced Top 40 act.

Synth-pop pioneer Thomas Dolby announces U.S. tour; check out our two-part interview

Thomas Dolby is set to embark on a 26-date North American tour this March — with a rather unusual vehicle in tow: A time capsule.

Todd Rundgren, “Love My Way” (2011): One Track Mind

Is there another mainstream performer who could go — who, you know, would go — from making a bashy Yardbirds-do-Robert Johnson blues album over to this aridly propulsive synth-pop?