Skip to main content

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.

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

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.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 3.59.30 PM

Police identify White Bear Lake officer shot while serving warrant

The officer is a six-year veteran of the department.

abortion, planned parenthood

Minnesota Senate passes bill codifying abortion into state law

Having already passed in the House, it will now be sent to Gov. Tim Walz for signing into law.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 7.45.44 PM

Tyre Nichols: Initial police version of events bear similarities to George Floyd killing

Memphis PD said Nichols complained of 'shortness of breath' following 'confrontations' with police, who in reality violently beat him.

George Floyd, protest

Twin Cities authorities preparing for community reaction to Tyre Nichols video

The ATF division in St. Paul sent out an alert out of "an abundance of caution."

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 2.12.05 PM

Changes at K102's Chris Carr & Company, with Sam Sansevere joining as co-host

She is the daughter of former KQRS morning show personality Bob Sansevere.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 1.16.21 PM

Minneapolis' Royal Foundry Craft Spirits announces closure

The distillery set out to infuse the Minneapolis craft cocktail scene with British flavor.


Shutterfly to cut almost 100 jobs at Shakopee facility

The layoffs are expected to impact multiple positions within the company.


Mill City Museum in the running to be named best history museum in the U.S.

The museum offers scenic views of the Mississippi River.


Man charged with attempted murder of White Bear Lake police officer

Daniel Holmgren Jr., 33, was being served an arrest warrant at the time of the incident.


Gallery: 1,000-acre Wisconsin resort listed for nearly $4.3M

The lush landscape features a creek and private lake.



Halsey full of love for Minneapolis after free show at The Armory

Tickets were snapped up within minutes of being made available.


The Walker, Current scrap plans for 2021 Rock the Garden

Uncertainty over COVID-19 has prompted the event's cancelation for the second-year running.

Screen Shot 2020-03-02 at 9.01.11 AM

Jill Riley to run The Current's Morning Show on her own

It comes several months after The Current parted ways with her co-host Brian Oake.

The Fillmore Minneapolis Music Hall

New Minneapolis concert venue announces first shows

The first run of shows at the new venue has been announced.

Minnesota public radio

Brian Oake leaves The Current's morning show

The surprise move was confirmed on Friday.

Revealed: The artists, songs most played by The Current since 2009

A U of M tech librarian went through every song on The Current playlist over almost 10 years.