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"...Devo friended the Chronicle more than 30 years ago. In advance of tomorrow’s show at the Moody Theater, bassist and co-songwriter Gerald Casale spoke from a “horrible Holiday Inn with no Internet service,” a setback that pales next to the loss of his bandmate and brother, Bob Casale, whose sudden death in February deeply rattled the band...."
"...Another kink in F3F: Devo guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh suffered an injury to his right thumb after being cut by a shard of glass, which severed a tendon. The band has regrettably canceled 2010's remaining live dates...."
"...With his hand finally healed, Bob Mothersbaugh and Devo return to Austin for a make-up session, March 27 at ACL's new Moody Theatre. The Octopus Project opens, and tickets go on sale Thursday...."
"...Fueled by synth-heavy, danceable pop-rock, Mothersbaugh and Casale developed de-evolution in a musical context with avant-garde video and film as early as Devo's conception in 1974. Two years later, the band's award-winning film short "The Truth About De-Evolution" made them cult figures..."
"...I chased down Devo’s bassist Gerald Casale for an interview, cold-calling him from an old number left over from our South by Southwest 2009 interview. He actually responded, and gave me a positive reply, but three days after we talked, Devo’s appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest was canceled..."
"...Did you know that Mark Mothersbaugh used to be in this band called Devo?..."
"...Transmission Entertainment is going for broke with the 2010 Fun Fun Fun Fest, with headliners Devo, Bad Religion, MGMT, Slick Rick, and Mastodon. The fifth annual fall frenzy is expanding to include a Friday night kick-off in Waterloo Park, anchored by Weird Al Yankovic..."
"...When I think Mark Mothersbaugh, the image that comes to mind is more postapocalyptic than Victorian. The frontman for prevolution New Wave heroes Devo has been producing visual art since forever, but most often in styles similar to the visual iconography of his landmark band: twisted, disquieting comic-strip takes on classic images that could've fallen right out of some Fifties pulp or dime-store novel not unlike the work of R..."
"...The most mainstream amongst this group would be Blue Velvet's David Lynch, who is represented here with two short films made in 1970: “Alphabet” and ”Grandmother.” The most determinedly experimental of this lot would be the stalwart Bruce Conner, a mainstay of the avant-garde film scene. Conner was making music videos back before music videos were invented, as will be demonstrated by the screening of 1978's “Mongoloid” featuring Devo and 1982's “America Is Waiting,” featuring the music of David Byrne and Brian Eno..."
"...I just know when I use words like "transcendent," you dear readers must roll your eyes. But truly, like Booji Boy on a bungie, my experience at Devo at the Austin Music Hall SXSW 2009 hovered above all others...."
"...DevoPioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology (Rhino) "When a problem comes along ... " In all likelihood, your doctor, your grandpa, even your preteen daughter can most likely finish that sentence with, "You must whip it!" The odds are good that any or all of them can further identify the source as Devo, even though "Whip It" never cracked the Top 10, nor did any other Devo song manage to make it into the Top 40..."
"...Joan Jett & the Blackhearts/Rick Springfield/George JonesRodeo Austin, Travis County Expo Center, March 22, 24, 25 DevoACL Live at the Moody Theater, March 27..."
"...Co-written and directed by Young under his pseudonym Bernard Shakey, the film zeros in on the community of Linear Valley, where workers at a rinky-dink roadside diner confront love, ambition, and workplace politics unknowing that the nearby power plant will soon usher a radioactive holocaust. The broadly underappreciated comedy, which debuted in a limited theatre run and didn't reappear until a 1995 VHS release, stars members of Devo, co-writer/director Dean Stockwell, Dennis Hopper, Russ Tamblyn, and Young as the story's lovably dorky protagonist Lionel Switch, a soft-headed auto mechanic with dreams of rock stardom...."
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"...DevoAustin Music Hall, March 20..."
"...Punk rock's Drew Carey had just had his bespectacled way with Fun Fun Fun Fest's headline finale. "We filled in for Devo," nodded Aukerman, alluding to the seemingly catastrophic last-minute cancellation that turned into FFFF promoters Transmission Entertainment's ultimate booking coup..."
"...The mock-epic pomposity of Magnifico opened the festival's kickoff half-day with such "originals" as "Bohemian Rhapsody," but the local Queen tribute act passed on "Another One Bites the Dust" out of respect for "Weird Al" Yankovic ("Another One Rides the Bus"). The polka/parody kingpin and pop culture punching bag rewarded in kind later that night with a multimedia extravaganza that offered the next best thing to canceled headliners Devo in "Dare To Be Stupid." Likewise, Austin's ArcAttack shocked and amazed on the south patio, conducting space-age surf-rock via twin homemade Tesla coils..."
"...Maybe the Pretenders and the B-52s didn't exactly pack Southpark Meadows, but Devo still hold sway over some mighty rabid fans around these parts, and the notion that the five spuds from Ohio might be playing Austin in October is one hot potato. Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh confirms that a computer software company has indeed arranged for the band to play four semi-private shows that month with Beck; in Los Angeles, the Bay Area's Silicon Valley, Seattle, and Austin, each show benefitting a charity in that city..."
"...Key man Julius Seizure cites Eighties metal bands like Metallica and Guns 'n' Roses, while Matik, in prime John Lydon fashion, can only tell you what he hates: "I don't really loike Eighties music, actually. I don't loike Devo -- I think that's just crap music, too herky-jerky..."
"...Mark Mothersbaugh's "Myopia" exhibit is a must-see creative wonderland. The Devo visionary's first full museum retrospective, five decades in the making, brims with scrappy surrealism: automatic organs constructed from bird calls and train whistles, strange statues, wall rugs, 30,000-plus drawings, interactive experiments, and Devo paraphernalia..."