Dead Kennedys

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The Dead Kennedys are, amazingly, touring this summer, following a trend that’s been going on with a horde of ‘80s punk bands as of late. Last year, Black Flag reunited as two separate bands made up of lineups from two separate incarnations. Screeching Weasel is a band again, containing one original member. The Descendents play one-off reunions from time to time. Reagan Youth gave it another shot in ‘06 after having been broken up for 17 years. Several ex-members of the Ramones tour in individual bands solely playing Ramones covers. The Misfits are together again, too, sort of.

In many of these cases, the breakups and make-ups have been filled with very un-punk battles over the legal rights to monikers and merchandise, the most public of which were probably The Misfits and Dead Kennedys—both of which are touring without their original lead singers and stand to make a lot of money selling their emblems on t-shirts to scores who aren’t really hip to their music.

Dead Kennedys, for its part, has maintained a touring schedule which only includes setlists of old songs. Other than changing the lyrics of “MTV, get off the air!” to “MP3, get off the web,” DK hasn’t changed much. Having seen some of these reunited bands, know ahead of time that a cover band is all you’re going to get here—which is actually pretty fine. If you weren’t old enough to see Jello Biafra wail through “Holiday in Cambodia,” seeing new singer Ron “Skip” Greer do it while trying to sound like Biafra isn’t exactly the same. But it’s also not that different. // RANDY LOBASSO

8pm. $29. With Reagan Youth + Burning Streets. TLA, 334 South St. tlaphilly.com


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WHEN
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

TIME & PRICE
8pm Price: Unknown

WHERE
334 South St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 06/18/2014. .

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