Fri., Feb. 9, 8 p.m. 2018 21+
Recommended by Brittnie Fuller
This rare live performance from 1980s synth-pop act Book of Love is guaranteed to bring nostalgia-seekers back to a time when MTV was cool and vinyl reigned. The NYC-by-way-of-Philly act's infectiously buttery sound stemmed out of British new wave and primitive pop gloss indebted to early Depeche Mode and OMD. Core songwriter Ted Ottaviano said: "I was fascinated with Altered Images and other bands that were incorporating bells and chimes into their music. Long brass chimes, tubular bells, whatever." The band scored a club hit in 1984 with their first single, "Boy," a bell-dazzled feminist anthem, followed with more hits that sent bubblegum goths into a rapture of pop ecstasy, including "I Touch Roses" and "Pretty Girls and Pretty Boys" (one of the first songs to openly address the AIDS epidemic).