Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub, 8 p.m., $17.50
One of the classic ’80s new-wave rock bands, Modern English has broken up and reunited twice now. Though it has never matched the success of songs like “I Melt With You” and “Hands Across the Sea,” it is still turning out some pretty good pop rock. If Modern English has gotten a little grayer and wider since 1982, well—haven’t we all? Video from recent gigs, though, proves the group can still bring the ’80s angst and mix it up with some distinctly 21st-century moves. The band will be joined by the Generals, a Sacramento-based indie-pop duo with a full sound and some thoughtful lyrics. 2708 J Street, http://modernenglish.me.