Last night Devo surprised the hell out of the Henry Fonda Theater’s sold-out crowd. In short, the ancient New Wave innovators slayed, proving with grandly nerdy fanfare that, truly, age ain’t nothin’ but a number. They do it again tonight, except performing their 1980 LP, Freedom Of Choice, front to back, whereas last night’s show featured all of the band’s Brian Eno-produced debut, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!. Read about it here, and check out the excellent photos from Andrew Herrold.
Truth be told, not all was ear-blastingly amazing about Saturday’s FYF Fest here in Los Angeles. There was this, and also a terrible human pileup outside, causing severe delays for folks who’d had the presence of mind to purchase their tickets in advance. Festival organizers have issued an apology and promised to make up for the mistake. Read about it here.
Truth be told, I’ve been a fan of Southern California’s Rx Bandits since I was a high school junior. That was when the band skewed a wee bit ska and their resonance seemed doomed to passing fad. At least, to the outsiders. Those of us really listening knew that a long and illustrious career of genre-bending and “weird music” (singer Matt Embree’s phrase) would follow. Whether you got it then or not, the band’s new record, Mandala, is strong prog-punk worthy of stronger praise. Read what Embree had to say here.
R.I.P. Deciders Los Angeles and San Fransisco.