Personal Protection Equipment, DEVO-style

May 28, 2020
DEVO face shield
DEVO Store

The Akron-bred new wave band DEVO found their fame mixing danceable music with satiric takes on American culture. They also sold humorous fan merchandise, including buttons, action figures, and bumper stickers. The coronavirus pandemic has inspired the band’s latest promotional items ⁠— personal protection equipment.

photo of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, December 13:

photo of Todd Rundgren, Devo, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees for the Class of 2019.

Def Leppard has been eligible for the Rock Hall for over a decade, but is making its first appearance on this year's ballot. Acts who released their first record at least 25 years ago are eligible, and several other groups are bowing for the first time as well: Devo, singer-songwriter John Prine, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks, and Todd Rundgren. Returning to the ballot are acts ranging from Janet Jackson to MC5 to The Zombies, who have been eligible since 1989.

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, October 10:

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, October 9:

Murray Saul

Romanian counts, make-believe ballrooms and alien invasions have all played a part in Cleveland’s radio history. These colorful, bizarre and sometimes tragic moments are the subject of a new book.

In the 1970s, Murray Saul -- a middle-aged salesman at rock station WMMS – would go on the air to kick off the weekend and “Get Down,” featuring tales of his planned debauchery. He and the station he worked for are among the highlights of Mike Olszewski’s new book, “Cleveland Radio Tales.”

Akron punk rock pioneer Buzz Clic is coming home. The Hudson native was the lead guitarist for the Rubber City Rebels that shaped the Akron Sound of the 1970’s. Clic, who left for Los Angeles with the Rebels decades ago, is playing one show Friday night at Jilly’s Music Room with his band, Buzz Clic Adventure.

DEVO Obsesso
Michael Pilmer / DEVO Obsesso

You can expect to see red dome hats and yellow jumpsuits in Northeast Ohio this weekend. Fans of the iconic Akron new wave band DEVO have their annual convention at Cleveland’s Beachland Ballroom.

For this week’s Shuffle, DEVO superfan Michael Pilmer talks about the 'DEVOtional' fan convention that he co-founded 17 years ago.  

mothersbaugh at moca

On Saturday, the Akron Art Museum’s putting on a “last-look” party to celebrate the final week of its Mark Mothersbaugh exhibition.

Since the spring, the Akron museum and Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art have shared a retrospective of the Akron native and Devo founder’s audio and visual art. In today’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman tours both shows with a curator and with the artist himself.

Mark Mothersbaugh claims he can tell how old people are by how they know him.