Devo is unlike many nostalgia acts in that it was originally conceived as an outfit so futuristic that it could consistently outpace whatever decade it chose to reassert itself in. So as the band pushes 40 and its members prepare to spoil broods of grandchildren, Devo can still credibly lay claim to the vanguard with Something for Everybody, its first studio album in 20 years. Their signature mix of performance art and synthesized music has never really waned—one could argue that the likes of Lady Gaga, Gorillaz and certainly Daft Punk owe them a point on every release. What separates Mark Mothersbaugh's troupe from its debtors is Devo is sort of the Pee-Wee's Playhouse of bands—innovative and bizarre without coming off as the least bit threatening. With The Octopus Project. MIKE SEELY

Tue., March 15, 7:30 p.m., 2011

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