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Midge Ure

Midge Ure

When: Sat., March 7, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $30, $28 members
This Scottish-born singer-songwriter was perfectly positioned to witness the second and third great explosions of British music in the 70s and 80s, and he certainly contributed his fair share. In his heyday, he went from filling Gary Moore’s amps in Thin Lizzy to creating the coolly elegant, romantic synthpop of Ultravox at a time when this was seen as a great weird leap. (Ure also worked with Bob Geldof on the Live Aid projects and is partly responsible for “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Whether you consider that credit or blame is up to you, but I personally always liked that song better than “We Are the World.”) But his career path since the 90s has been laid-back, to say the least. Last year’s Fragile (Hypertension) was his first solo album of new, noninstrumental noncovers since 2001! Unsurprisingly, though, he picks up as if no time has passed. There’s a sweetly polished pop romanticism about the record—and a wistful maturity. A lot of these songs could pass as working drafts of Ultravox tunes, but I especially love the rich orchestration of “Wire and Wood” and the passion of “Are We Connected.” —Monica Kendrick
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