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South by Southwest 2009: Keep Austin Loud


Devo, Austin Music Hall
Yes, Devo is still around and still booking shows. They broke out the red plastic helmets as they whipped Austin Music Hall into shape and basked in their new-wave glory. With a huge LED screen behind them, they blasted the audience, both sonically and visually. It felt like ’81 again, when Strats competed with keytars and Martha Quinn was more than a corny reference point on VH1’s “I Love The 80s.”