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On the DVD commentary of Erle C. Kenton’s Island of Lost Souls, Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh explains that the band’s theory of de-evolution largely stems from late-night viewings of the seminal sci-fi film. How appropriate, then, that Devo’s oddball philosophy and idiosyncratic style spawned its own cultish midnight-movie appeal, one that’s resonated far beyond the novelty of “Whip It.” After an extended hiatus in the ’90s, the band regrouped last year for Something For Everybody, a comeback attempt that failed to generate much excitement. No matter. In its 2009 shows at 9:30 Club, Devo focused on its two most beloved albums, Freedom of Choice and Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo, and there’s a good chance Mothersbaugh et al. will revisit those hits tonight. Diehards—or Spuds, as they are known—with deep pockets and an appreciation of awkward small talk should spring for the $120 tickets, which include a meet-and-greet with the band. Are they not worth it?
Devo performs at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. $57-$120. (703) 237-0300.