The Dead Milkmen

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 The Dead Milkmen’s latest show might be more suitable for Halloween, but in the case of Philly’s favorite punk satirists, what better place to perform than under the ominous backdrop of Laurel Hill Cemetery?  For more than 30 years, the band’s sound has been defined by tons of syncopated southern guitar twang and a sharp wit, carrying the lyrics of vocalists Rodney Anonymous and Joe Jack Talcum, and initially staying true to the genre’s ethos by spitting in the face of mainstream and commercial success—which they eventually achieved with their 1988 keeper Beezlebubba and what would become their biggest single, “Punk Rock Girl.”

That newfound exposure led to a brief stint on Hollywood Records, but the pressures of a being on a major label proved too much for the foursome as they began to suffer artistically. They disbanded in ’95, but reunited for a pair of memorial concerts at the Trocadero following the death of original bass player Dave Blood. It wasn’t long before they realized there was still a creative spark between them, and after recruiting former Low Budgets bassist Dan Stevens, they came back with a new album—and a return to classic form—via 2011’s The King in Yellow.

Although the Milkmens’ legacy is one that has probably slipped beneath a lot of folks’ radar, a hometown show, no matter the venue, is undoubtedly where they’ll have the warmest welcome, so expect them to pull out all the stops tonight before they embark on a series of West Coast tour dates this fall. // JAKE ABBATE

7pm. $15. With S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue. 215.228.8200. thelaurelhillcemetery.org
 

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WHEN
Friday, September 05, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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- Price: Unknown

WHERE
3822 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 09/05/2014. .

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