"...GEORGE DEVORE: Since moving to Austin from Nashville last year, Devore has been a fixture at La Zona Rosa -- where regulars are really buying into Devore's working-class songs and Jim Carrey-meets-Bruce Springsteen stage presence. That his band the Roam is arguably Austin's best new backing outfit hasn't hurt things either..."
"...If bands as febrile and monotonous as Servotron are what the rock & roll audience of the 21st Century has to look forward to, it's downright depressing. The Servotron Robot Authority, supposedly humankind's evolutionary successors, is nothing more than warmed-over Devo riffs and computer-nerd jargon that's as simplistic as programming a Commodore 64..."
"...Their latest project, Real Stories of the Donut Men, which they produced with Pamela Cederquist, makes its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival this year. Directed by Australian Beeaje Quick, it is an outrageous Warholian palette of pop culture and post-modernism akin, as Glickman sees it, to the essence of what Devo was to the 1980s, and a prime example of the independent spirit toward which Avellán and Glickman aspire..."
"..."Bob's" Trademark Face is probably the most- ASCIIed graphic on the Net, alt.slack is one of the busiest, craziest newsgroups around, and half of the people who invented the Internet were dues-paying SubGenii when they were teenagers in the 80s. "After years of just getting by on the occasional Devo video and sales of the Book of the Subgenius (still available in the obsolete print format), Stang has found himself Pope of a world called cyberspace, and to say that he is pleased with the wonders of technology that have sprung from the net would be a massive understatement; "My films and me were too weird and lazy for Hollywood," he grins (via e-mail), "but we can now control all reality from the inside of a Power Mac 7500." -- Ken Lieck Stang will be in town for the South by Southwest Multimedia/Interactive Festival, participating in forums addressing Techno-spirituality and smart computers as well as the multimedia aspects of the Church of the SubGenius...."
"...Instead, they revel in a provocative and unbridled spirit of experimentation that propels them light years beyond their earth-bound brethren. 23 Aliens sounds a bit like Devo and Ween after a few cocktails and a naked winter sprint through the woods..."
"...The Hole in the Wall reports that the Ramones Hoot Night exceeded even the expectations set by the previous Devo hoot. A grand total of $842 was raised for charity at the event, which included a recorded announcement from Joey Ramone himself......"
"...Their Dallas brethren, the Mullens, on the other hand, sound like they'll do well recording their debut for San Antonio's Unclean label, home to other retro-garage rockers like the Dropouts and Sons of Hercules. Another Dallas band, UFOFU, gets away with their thirtysomething transgressions with an intriguing Devo-meets-Primus sound (Time Bomb), so we're glad to get four songs out of 'em and there's no complaints here..."
"...Foster, Daren Hess), who are also on the new Can of Worms album... Oops: I didn't actually mention the name of that Saturday morning cartoons theme song album I referred to last week, did I? The disc, out on MCA Records, is called Saturday Morning Cartoons. Makes sense, eh? Also, I've been taken to task for not mentioning that the recent Devo hoot was a benefit for Tim Hayes..."
"...Funny, even if you could legitimately call the Hall "intimate," ensuring that there is a steady stream of people constantly shoving their way from one end of the building would hardly be my first suggestion for improving the atmosphere there... The big Devo Hoot Night at the Hole in the Wall is coming up this Wednesday, with a "no `Whip It'" rule and a stellar lineup of spuds including the Wannabes, Hormones, Tallboy, Gomez, Paranoids, Xanna Don't, Altamont '69, Peglegasus, Spot (the multi-instrumentalist Hüsker Dü prodücer, not the Dallas power pop band), and perhaps a certain opening act at Liberty Lunch if they finish up their set there in time..."
"...David Yow of the Jesus Lizard was recently arrested for waving his Jim Morrison in front of a large crowd of fans, and Courtney Love has been doing her damnedest to get herself arrested for assault. The latest update on the Lolla show scheduled for Austin (8/9) has Elastica (isn't that really Devo being fronted by the chick from Mary's Danish?) taking O'Connor's place, according to Pace Concerts..."
"..."One guy recently called us a combination of Devo, the Beastie Boys, and Dead Kennedys," Jerm adds, "That's the description I've been using recently [while booking]. I think that's accurate..."