Most associate Wire with a trilogy of albums (1977’s Pink Flag, 1978’s Chair Missing, 1979’s 154) that, as a whole, predicted punk’s evolution into synth-pop. That band broke up in 1980, reformed in 1985 as an electro-rock group, then disbanded again in 1990. Wire sat out the 90s, reforming again in 2000, just early enough to resist being swept up in the post-punk revival and subsequent nostalgia trend. As its history proves, Wire doesn’t break up and reform because it’s cool, but because they prefer to record only when inspired. The latest addition to its sporadic catalog, Red Barked Tree, is a protest/concept record railing against our too-modernized society. The metallic, fuzzed-out rhythms are there, but acoustic guitars also sneak in (a first!). Still, Wire have hardly gone soft. If anything, they’ve simply embraced their status as fiftysomething post-punkers in a young man’s game. With Nazca Lines. BRIAN J. BARR

Wed., April 13, 8 p.m., 2011