While it might seem strange that Devo is already gigging just a few months after the death of guitarist Bob Casale in February, this Hardcore Devo tour actually was planned before his passing and focuses on the band's early experimental tunes, many of which pre-date Casale joining the band in the mid-1970s. Although the Ohio punk/new-wave combo came to widespread public attention in the late '70s, Devo actually started in 1972, when they turned their shock over the shootings of Kent State students by the National Guard in 1970 into a supremely weird and unsettling form of artistic subversion. It should be fascinating to hear the surviving Devo-tees resuscitate such ancient oddities as “Be Stiff” and “Bamboo Bimbo,” although it's a shame that the group's most inventive drummer, Alan Myers, died last year.
Sun., June 29, 7 p.m., 2014
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