When it rains, it pours DEVO in these days of Maximum De-Evolution®! If the 21st century had not made abundantly clear enough, we’ve already peaked. Decades ago, really, and it’s just the big entropic wave approaching us at 120 m.p.h. With the mooted DEVO live event[s] having been suspended in the pandemic last year, with the added indignity of Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale having been hit by Covid-19 last year, there are two live events planned for this year that must be viewed as a chance to experience the increasingly rare communion with DEVO.
Riot Fest 2021 | Chicago
The three day Riot Fest held in Chicago would be a rare chance to see DEVO in one of America’s most interesting cities, but if you don’t already have tickets in your hand, it’s scalpers or nothing for you. I got the email from DEVO less than 48 hours ago, but glances at the Riot Fest website showed day passes already sold on receipt of the DEVO mail, and by today, the event is sold out lock, stock, and barrels. It’s a factor of my advanced age that I only even recognize roughly a third of the bands on the bill, and when a Saturday headliner [Run the Jewels] is one top billed over bands I do recognize, it’s maybe time to hang up the cassock. If there were any justice then DEVO would be top billed over The Pixies [and even NIN] much less the heretofore unknown Machine Gun Kelly. It’s too late for tickets [this year] but you can get a leg up on next year below.
Punk Rock Bowling 2021 | Las Vegas
At least if you’re free the next week, you can see DEVO headline the last night of Punk Rock Bowling 2021. Anything that brings Punk Rock to Las Vegas is an improvement! At least here DEVO are being given the position they merit with the schedule having them closing out the event. And day passes of $70/day [plus fees] and the three day pass of $170 [plus fees] are priced to move. The only band I’ve seen on the bill before was The Queers and they were a great set. I’m amazed to see that The Lunachicks are still kicking around! I used to have their first EP. You can hit that button below to secure tickets.
DEVO Leisure Wear Line Explodes
Given that the recreation of the DEVO Leisure Wear shirt from 1980 was a huge hit beyond expectations, the band and the branding demons at Middle Of Beyond have conspired to find more ways to get devoted spuds to part with their shekels.
Three new designs are currently in pre-order for sale on June 7th with the classic Leisure wear “paramecium/atom bombs in tailspin/golfer” design looking very sharp in basic black. They have added two designs as well. A surprisingly abstract red on black Aztec Energy Dome® design that may pass unnoticed among “normals.”
The final new design was Nu-Tra® the astronaut from the “New Traditionalists” era on a black cotton shirt. I’m thinking that maybe that design would look better on white, since the Nu-Tra® art looked great that way on the band’s live album from 1981. If any of these shirts has your name on it, make sure you’ve got the $55 to back it up. Additional quantities of the original white Leisurewear shirt can still be bought as well. The new shirts are currently in pre-order and they will manufacture to match demand, with certain sizes selling out sooner than later, so you know what to do. Hit that button.
RSD DEVO Drops For 2021
DEVO: Somewhere With DEVO – US – LP 
- Somewhere With DEVO
- Freedom Of Choice
- What We Do
- Step Up
The gorgeously shot cover for “Somewhere With DEVO” consisted of the live encore from the band’s “Now It Can Be Told” live album of 1989 along with DJ Kinky’s 2010 DEVO remix set on an LP that will have 2500 copies for Record Store Day drop #1 on June 12th at a reasonable $19.99. Quite frankly, it’s worth the price just for the stunning cover photo showing the members of DEVO ca. 1988 in garb of the band’s many eras on risers with glamour key lighting. You can fight the crowds or you can sneak into the label’s store and pre-order yours below. Shhh!
Crypto-DEVO Back In DLX RM
Jihad Jerry + The Evildoers: Mine Is Not A Holy War DLX RM – US – CD 
I eventually saw the Jihad Jerry project from Gerald V. Casale out in the internet wilds and it’s been on the infinite Want List to check out for some time but as it’s OOP and going for inflated amounts right now, it’s not likely. How nice is it that the album had been re-issued in a DLX RM CD with five bonus tracks for RDS this year.
The new tracks include a new 2021 single, “I’m Gonna Pay U Back” which is available also on 7″ gold wax or the full album, with the new single added to the running order. There are 2000 copies of the LP for $26.99. You can fight the hordes on June 12th, or you can pre-order the LP below from Rough Trade US. The choice is yours. As for me I will want that CD. I’m interested to hear this LP as it featured all of DEVO playing on it. As mentioned, the cover is a thing of beauty. And here’s the primary Monk-bait regarding the new single…
So yeah, now you might need this badly. Hit it, Morty…
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