Are Talking Heads tribute acts really necessary these days? In the age of Netflix, surround sound, and home projectors, fans of the seminal new wave band can instantly cue up Stop Making Sense, Jonathan Demme’s 1984 concert film, and connect with David Byrne from the comfort of their own homes. Hell, you don’t even need to wear pants, let alone an enormous suit! That being said, if you consider Talking Heads shows to be examples of performance art, then a mid-week gig by the New York-based cover band Start Making Sense is a logical continuation of that performance. Featuring eight musicians whose experience ranges from jazz to punk to psychedelia, the group travels from coast to coast performing spot-on versions of “Nothing But Flowers” and “Burning Down the House” without resorting to mimicry. Even Talking Heads keyboardist Bernie Worrell espoused his support for the group. Go ahead and dance like Reagan is still in power. Arrive early and wearing a mustache (real or fake) to clap along with Hall and Oates cover band HmfO. Start Making Sense performs with HmfO at 7:30 p.m. at The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $18–$23. (202) 787-1000. thehamiltondc.com.