The season of the outdoor festival is upon us, which generally means the demand for modestly famous, sturdily veteran, and generally non-threatening bands should perk up. All six of the upcoming shows listed on Wire’s MySpace page are festival gigs, and who could blame them? The London-based band, who last year celebrated the 30-year anniversary of their abrupt art-punk document Pink Flag, are poised to release Object 47 in July—by their count, the latest prime-numbered release in a discography soon to be a half-century deep. As yet, the album’s only teaser is a song cheekily titled “Want to Ex You,” which, when pronounced out loud (preferably in an English accent), sounds suspiciously like “12XU.” So, don’t worry: They know what’s expected of them. Tonight, the band leads off both the Seaport Music Festival and River to River, the city’s post-9/11 initiative against the June, July, and August heat.

Fri., May 30, 7 p.m., 2008

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 27, 2008

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