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Group Members: Devendra Banhart, Gregory Rogove

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Expanding upon his psychedelic-inclined, '70s-styled solo albums, Devendra Banhart recruited Priestbird percussionist Greg Rogove in 2008 for the side project Megapuss. The Los Angeles-based duo premiered in June that year at L.A.'s Hammer Museum. Original material plus an abstract cover of Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" were played, but the show became infamous thanks to the huge nude pictures of Devendra that were projected on a screen above the band along with the belt of plastic phalluses the singer wore on-stage. This taste for the provocative and strange continued as their debut album, Surfing, arrived with song titles like "Crop Circle Jerk '94" and "Chicken Titz." Neil Young's Vapor Records issued the album digitally in September of 2008 with a physical CD following in October.