Recommended by Greg Scruggs
In 1981, Alan Wilder responded to a London classified ad for a synthesizer player. Depeche Mode were behind the ad and Wilder joined up, giving the synth-pop group their signature sound. Had he not responded, the 1980s and early ’90s would have had a different soundtrack without the likes of “Personal Jesus” and “Policy of Truth.” With a new album, Spirit, out this year, Depeche Mode’s swing through town isn’t technically a reunion tour, but it sure feels like one for a band whose heyday came three decades ago. Aged though they may be, synths this bombastic were made for an arena sound system.