Rock & Pop, All Ages

Bad Lieutenant

When: Fri., April 16, 9 p.m. 2010

If you've paid any attention to music over the past thirty years, you've probably heard of Bernard Sumner. From gloomy, deeply influential indie pioneers Joy Division through the crisp pop perfection of New Order, Sumner's deceptively sweet, wistful vocals and solid guitar- and synth-playing have made an indelible mark on multiple musical genres. Drummer Stephen Morris has always been in the background, but vital all the same. Given the recent trend of every good, bad, and indifferent Eighties band resurfacing to tour, it should come as no surprise that these two are throwing their hats in the ring. But unlike many others, their new project Bad Lieutenant doesn't sound like a tired attempt to cash in. Nostalgic, sure, but in a good way -- debut album Never Cry Another Tear evokes New Order with its melancholy tone and gorgeously clear production. The question is, can they reproduce that sound live? Find out on Friday, Apr. 16, at the RegencyCenter (1290 Sutter St., San Francisco). 9 p.m., $25-$27.

Kirsty Evans

Price: $25-$27

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