Devo at the National 

Friday, July 30

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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