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The Current goes electronic with two huge shows announced for The Armory

New Order, the Pet Shop Boys, and Kraftwerk have been announced

Three of the biggest names of the electronic and synth movement that swept Europe in the '70s and '80s have been booked for two show at The Armory later this year.

Radio station 89.3 The Current announced Monday that The Armory will play host to German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk, with a show booked for Wednesday, July 22.

That will be followed by two legendary British groups, New Order and the Pet Shop Boys, who will play a joint gig at the downtown Minneapolis venue on Sunday, Sept. 20.

Kraftwerk is considered one of the most influential groups of the 20th Century, known for their spectacular stage shows as well as experimental tracks that include The Robots, Computer Love, The Model, and Autobahn.

New Order meanwhile can lay claim to creating some of definitive sounds of '80s thanks to a diverse of musical styles that spans rock, synth, electronica and dance.

Some of their biggest hits include Blue Monday, Bizarre Love Triangle, Age of Consent, and True Faith. They last played a sellout 2018 show at The Palace in St. Paul, their first in the Twin Cities in 29 years.

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They'll be joined by the British duo The Pet Shop Boys, one of the biggest U.K. acts of the mid-to-late '80s, scoring numerous Number 1 hits with their synth-pop songs including It's A Sin, West End Girls, Domino Dancing, and Suburbia.

Tickets information for Kraftwerk can be found here. It goes on presale using the password THECURRENT at 10 a.m. Wednesday, with general sale starting 10 a.m. Thursday.

Information for New Order and Pet Shop Boys is here. Presale tickets go live at 10 a.m. Thursday for those who sign up for Cross Currents. Otherwise tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

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