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Wednesday Sleepers
SXSW Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 11, 2005
"...– Audra SchroederZOM ZOMS1am, Chuggin' Monkey How Zolo can you get? This weirdo Austin triad picks up the forgotten thread of a genre that may or may not have ever existed. Something about gaudy polka-dot costumes and an indescribably spastic Devo-on-angel-dust sound..."

PSR DVD Vol. 1
Music Review  June 11, 2004, by Greg Beets
"...This rough-hewn snapshot of a local underground label combines live performance footage, staged vignettes, offstage antics, and found video to cobble together a pseudo-narrative that achieves engagement despite its trigger-happy schizophrenia. As a visual promotion, the disc echoes the early video work of Devo, utilizing odd, out-of-context, and just-plain-disturbing imagery to make up for its low-budget pedigree..."

DVDnds: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iggy & the Stooges, Devo, Guns N' Roses
Music Review  April 16, 2004, by Raoul Hernandez
"...The hornet fury of "TV Eye" stinging "I Wanna Be Your Dog" almost out-swells the other extra: 50 tripod minutes of Iggy & the Ashetons unplugged and in-store, NYC. De-evolution in yellow jumpsuit form might resemble 55 minutes of Devo Live (Rhino), reunited and outdoors in Southern California, 1996..."

SXSW Picks & Sleepers
Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 19, 2004
"...Midnight, Caucus Patio This art-fuct Philly quintet maneuvers their sleek roadster onto Devo-Kraftwerk's Autobahn, going 0 to 240 in 73 seconds, not exactly a record, but the average length of bursts they call songs on their sophomore platter, We Are the Lazer Viking (Ace Fu). Edward B..."

After a Fashion
Austin style avatar Stephen puts his most certainly Queer Eye on a local band, gives them an up-do for the festival, and gets away with it… Plus, where's he going tomorrow and upon whom did he spy at the Mark Mothersbaugh art show?
Columns  March 19, 2004, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"..."My fashion idols are Elvis Costello and the better dressed poor guys in Pretty in Pink," wrote one. Another said, "I want something a little retro and conceptual somewhere between Devo and the Strokes, or Talking Heads and Blondie." This would not be difficult..."

Music Review  March 19, 2004, by Greg Beets
"...Leading off the eclectic Birdman Records showcase Thursday night, PFFR (pronounced "PFR") brought the full weight of their sample-heavy computer punk perversion to bear on an initially perplexed but ultimately impressed crowd. With just a girl, a boy, a computer, and a guitar, they pushed and shoved their way around potentially bad performance-art landmines to deliver a legitimate punk rock spectacle in the confrontational tradition of early Devo..."

SXSW Picks & Sleepers
Blurbing SXSW 04 music – Wednesday only
Music Story  March 12, 2004
"...Pesky quartet Bedbug kicks off the Tight Spot portion, readying Kiss You on the Lips, the follow-up to 2001's Pavement-ish Happiest of Hours. Subset kicks the daylights out of Death Cab for Cutie with a tart power pop mix found on last year's Dueling Devotions that resonates with the suburban kids as well as the club junkies..."

After a Fashion
Stephen pees himself over and over and over, and some upcoming stuff too cool to miss
Columns  March 5, 2004, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...The Rawk Show runs March 10-21 at Gallery Lombardi (910 W. Third) featuring art and photography by stars of the music scene, including the B-52's, Devo, Concrete Blonde, Jayne County, Gwar, the Big Boys, and many more..."

There Is No Try ...
Foleyvision does the Turkish 'Star Wars'
Screens Story  February 20, 2004, by Marc Savlov
"...That said, Dünyayi Kurtaran Adam holds its own against, say, Roger Corman alum Jim Wynorski's worst work by sheer virtue of its over-the-top, take-no-prisoners badness. Where else can you see the great pyramids of Egypt doubling for an alien world, production values rivaling those of Devo's seminal "Whip It" video, and more than a little fundamentalist Islamic undertone?..."

In Box
Music Review  August 15, 2003, by Greg Beets
"...Die-hard Chi-fans will appreciate three tracks from '92's unreleased Stone of Sisyphus, in which Chicago attempted to recapture their early ambition with fair-to-middling success. Ditto for the DVD, which features a four-song performance from '72 and a Devo-like promotional film for '79's execrable Chicago 13..."

SXSW Picks and Sleepers
Music Story  March 14, 2003
"...TRANSFORMER LOOTBAG: Madison, Wis.'s Transformer Lootbag sounds like a dangerously unbalanced Ferris wheel translated into pop music. The dexterous trio's proclivity for rapid-fire, herky-jerk dynamics conjures visions of Fugazi coupled with Akron-era Devo..."

Yuppie Pricks
SXSW records
Music Review  March 7, 2003, by Christopher Gray
"...The Pricks are hardly too upscale to refrain from writing a song about the "fat parade of ho's" that is your average Tijuana donkey show. Musically, Initial Public Offering is rudimentary but effective, a jerky (imagine that), mechanical boogie that chains the Stooges and Devo together in the Buzzcocks' basement..."

The Oblong Boys
Texas Platters
Music Review  February 21, 2003, by Michael Chamy
"...By itself, the Oblong Boys' Pizzazarama Universe, the first recorded distillation of the arcane genre of zolo music, is a head-scratcher. At first it sounds like contrived nonsense, but the Oblong Boys are dead-serious about zolo, explained on the Zolo Synthesis ( "Surreal tales of frolic and whimsy script the bright beyond mortal assimilation of the boingy guitars, wobbly keyboards, polka dot percussions, hiccupping falsettos, jerky/staccato beats, and lopsided rhythms." You couldn't ask for a better description of the Oblong Boys' music, a successful distillation of the idiosyncratic and absurd sides of such zolo artists as XTC, Gentle Giant, the Residents, and especially Devo..."

Beck & The Flaming Lips
Live Shots
Music Review  November 15, 2002, by Michael Chamy
"...That changed midway through Sea Change opener, "The Golden Age," when a rattling drum solo came out of nowhere and the lights revealed the Lips backing Beck behind a sheer black screen. Steven Drozd's pedal steel electrified delta stomp "Lord Only Knows" and "Tropicalia," while a vocoder worked a Devo-like robot funk on "Get Real Paid." Despite the yo-yo effect of the sold-out house (at least downstairs) -- standing for rockers and sitting for singer-songwriter fare -- it was the multifaceted Sea Change arrangements that shone, the Lips expounding on the eerie drones that give the album its vivid color..."

Like, Omigod! The '80's Pop Culture Box (totally)
In Box
Music Review  August 2, 2002, by Ken Lieck
"...Even before the Eighties retro movement hit in earnest, it seemed that the label was going for some sort of record as to how many different CDs they could put out with "Video Killed the Radio Star." Fortunately, in many cases, their tastes have been excellent, especially in their extensive collection of single-disc New Wave compilations. Hidden gems were given equal sparkle with old workhorses like Devo's "Whip It" and the Eighties dance culture was well represented even though its hits usually were not big radio chartbusters..."

The Blanton Museum of Art gets a cool million for its new building, Austin Museum of Art gets a new director of development to raise money for its new building, and a whole lotta Austin Artists get nominations for the 2001-02 Critics Table Awards.
Arts Column  May 24, 2002, by Robert Faires
"...AMOA Hires Devo Director..."

SXSW Picks & Sleepers
Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 15, 2002
"...CHOMSKY: The Eighties flashbacks might be a little less intense if one of the voices in Chomsky didn't sound so damn much like that guy from the Outfield. Truth is, the longer you listen the less you expect the band to step onstage wearing Devo radiation suits; Onward Quirky Soldiers, Chomsky's 2001 effort, has almost as much nifty Brit-pop tendencies as it does New Wavey retro leanings..."

20 Years of Austin Gifts
... And a slew of other local businesses celebrating significant anniversaries
Features Story  December 7, 2001, by Brant Bingamon, Anne Harris, Sarah Hepola and Kate X Messer
"...If ever you're at a loss for a unique gift, venture no further than this trove of retro treasures. Thousands of gems, from Devo Ts ($19) to hula girls, are crammed into this petite store..."

Book news, signings, and author appearances this week.
Books Column  November 23, 2001, by Clay Smith
"..."It's like Rollerball, the James Caan movie, but with broomsticks," Murphy said. Devo Carpenter, a children's programming technician in East Austin, said that the chess matches, which were popular among the readers of the book, weren't as impressive in the movie..."

Record Review
Music Review  November 16, 2001, by Michael Chamy
"...After solidifying North Texas under a tight, New Wave regime, Chomsky heads down to the capital, armed with the potent ammo of Onward Quirky Soldiers. Unlike Hannibal, there's no need for elephant-like gimmicks, although quirky generals from the past like XTC and Devo come to mind..."

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