Those put off by the sybaritic, fleshy look of your average McCarren Park Pool show—bikinis, bandannas, slip ’n’ slides—might show up tonight just to see what happens: Devo, who once ripped the heart out of a song as sexualized as the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction,” may be the band to finally make everybody put a shirt back on. It’s tough to keep track of the various soundtracks, side projects, video games, and kiddie cover bands that the group’s been involved with since its ’75-’85 run as the most oracular of New Wave bands. Photographic evidence indicates that the old yellow chemical-protection suits have almost certainly jumped a few sizes in the interim; a new album may or may not be on the way. But Devo were never a band whose charms depended on youth, spontaneity, or even charm—with luck, they’ll be as awkward as ever out there. Also: Tom Tom Club, Dan Deacon.
Thu., June 26, 6 p.m., 2008