When a problem comes along, go see Devo.

Let’s go back to 1980, when an Akron, Ohio quintet in yellow suits and red plastic “Energy Dome” hats had everyone bopping around to synth pop, the “New Wave” of music.

Fast-forward to 2009, and we have…the same thing. Except the band members are now in their late 50s — save for a younger drummer — bopping around in yellow suits and red plastic hats. Worth seeing, right?

Welcome to the new Devo tour, a seven-city swing behind the re-release of two of their most iconic albums: 1978 debut LP Q: Are We Not Men? We Are Devo and breakthrough album Freedom of Choice (1980), which featured hit single “Whip It.”

Last night, they were slated to play Q: Are We Not Men? in its entirety at the Moore. If tonight’s set list is anything like their show in San Francisco, you’ll get a run-through of Freedom of Choice:

November 7 set list, courtesy of Rolling Stone:

“Girl U Want”
“It’s Not Right”
“Whip It”
“Ton o’ Luv”
“Freedom of Choice”
“Gates of Steel”
“Cold War”
“Don’t You Know”
“That’s Pep”
“Mr. B’s Ballroom”
“Planet Earth”

“Be Stiff”
“Beautiful World”

Don’t miss this chance to see original members Gerald Casale (bass), Bob Casale (guitar), Mark Mothersbaugh (lead vocals), and Bob Mothersbaugh (guitar) with new drummer Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails, Guns N’ Roses) in all their manic glory.

Craving the ‘80s but can’t get in to see Devo? Go to Central Cinema for its Breakfast Club Tribute to John Hughes, where you can see the Brat Pack on the big screen, plus enjoy a pre-show series of trailers for classic Hughes films, Hughes trivia, and a soundtrack sing-along starting at 9.30pm.

Also bringing a bit of New Wave sound to Seattle is A Fine Frenzy, aka 24-year-old singer-songwriter Alison Sudol. Though she’s known for her breathless, sentimental tracks on debut album One Cell in the Sea (2007), she’ll likely show off a spunkier side tonight at Neumos with songs from her latest, Bomb in a Birdcage.

“I think some people may be surprised,” Sudol writes on A Fine Frenzy’s website. “They think that I’m all fragile and ethereal — and that’s lovely, it’s flattering. It’s all I’ve really let anyone see, up to this point. But I have a wild side too. I like to bang on things and cause a ruckus every now and then. I’m a quiet person with a loud streak. I like both. This record is a testament to that.”

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