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Devo's Jerry Casale Suits Up For Coachella

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Devo, those plucky avant-garde populists, will be closing Coachella’s Mojave stage this evening at 11:45 (if you’re home bound, you can stream the live show here), and signing autographs for Record Store Day at the Zia Records tent at 3 p.m. (hopefully you brought an extra cooler to stick your autographed LPs in). The group is in the midst of re-launching their brand, preparing for the release of it's first new album in 19 years by treating the market research stats as sacred, allowing the public to choose everything from the song selection (you can hear snippets of various songs and vote for the 12 that will be included on the LP), to the color scheme for the cover. Sayers of “yay”, “nay” or “ugh!” can make their voices heard at and help shape history. Warner Bros. is also reissuing their early classics Duty Now For The Future and New Traditionalists, remastered with bonus tracks. Just in time for Record Store Day, Duty is available on vinyl today along with a 12-inch single of "Fresh" and "What We Do" from the new LP - apparently those two have already generated strong enough statistics to make the cut.

Founding member Gerald V. Casale spoke to LAist about Coachella, rock festivals in the days of old, the state of today’s music scene, and provides a recommendation for your picnic basket.