Sat., Aug. 31, the Psychedelic Furs
Assembly, 9 p.m., $35
If your familiarity with the Psychedelic Furs begins and ends with their title track contribution to the 1986 teen classic Pretty in Pink, then it's time to catch up. Founded in 1977, the English rock band helped define the post-punk sound with its aggressively mopey, guitar-driven songs—no wimpy new-wave stuff here. Songs such as “Love My Way,” “The Ghost in You” and “Heaven” are atmospheric, melodic and pack an emotional punch that still stands up three decades after they were initially released. The band is a kick to watch, too—the musicianship remains solid, and singer Richard Butler can vogue with the best of them. 1000 K Street, www.thepsychedelicfurs.com.