Using jerky, robotic rhythms and synthesized melodies, Devo became one of the most iconic musical acts of the '80s. Recognized for its dehumanized, nonconformist lyrical imagery, kitschy sci-fi uniforms and signature energy-dome helmets, the band is considered one of the most influential in electronic-based pop. Achieving its greatest success with the 1980 album, “Freedom of Choice,” and Billboard-charting single, “Whip It” (made all the more mainstream with the song's accompanied music video, featured on a fledgling network called MTV), it's been almost 20 years since the band released a proper record. Breaking the drought is the unexpected release of “Something for Everybody,” a record that stands on its own with a little eight-bit nostalgia. Devo performs at the National on Friday, July 30, at 9 p.m. Tickets $35-$40.
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