It's hard to overstate the influence of Neu!, the musical partnership ex-Kraftwerk members Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger founded in 1970s Dusseldorf. The pair's lengthy, mostly instrumental explorations felt like urgent Autobahn missions, matching machine-like "motorik" drumming with rhythmic, repetitive foundational tracks and noisy, minimalist lead guitar.

It's hard to overstate the influence of Neu!, the musical partnership ex-Kraftwerk members Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger founded in 1970s Dusseldorf. The pair's lengthy, mostly instrumental explorations felt like urgent Autobahn missions, matching machine-like "motorik" drumming with rhythmic, repetitive foundational tracks and noisy, minimalist lead guitar.

The duo recorded three albums in the '70s before splitting in 1975, then reunited a decade later to record and ultimately abort a fourth album, "Neu! '86." That LP, which lends a Krautrock approach to the modern pop sounds of the era, is finally seeing official release in a new vinyl box set Rother began assembling upon Dinger's death in 2008.

Inspired and rejuvenated by finishing "Neu! '86," Rother is taking the band's music on the road under the name Hallogallo 2010. Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley and Tall Firs' Aaron Mullan will help Rother recreate the seminal recordings and selections from Harmonia, another acclaimed Rother project.