Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dead Milkmen at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Lorde at the Mann Center, and Bob Mould at the TLA

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The City of Brotherly Love’s satirical punk-rock band Dead Milkmen headline a fundraiser at Laurel Hill Cemetery tonight; the band joked on its Facebook that the last time it played in a cemetery, the result was the “Big Time Operator” video. Formed in 1983 at Temple University, the Milkmen found success on college radio with their debut album, Big Lizard in My Backyard. Their songs ranged from tunes with nonsensical spoken intros like “Bitchin’ Camaro,” to “Takin Retards to the Zoo”, a less-than-50-second punk-joke song. Goofy lyrics dripping with a Philly accent spread their success internationally with “Punk Rock Girl,” the hit off of their sophomore album Beelzebubba, which landed with a sturdy spot on MTV’s video rotation. After reuniting in 2008 under the pseudonym Les Enfants Du Prague, the band decided to become an active group once again and set to record album The King in Yellow, which dropped March 2011. They have since released four singles including “Welcome to Undertown”, and “Big Words Make the Baby Jesus Cry”. Tickets and information on the show can be found at here. Below, watch the music video to “Punk Rock Girl.”

New-Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde is far from home as she takes on the Mann Center. The dark electronic/indie pop artist found international success with her debut album Pure Heroine; her heavily covered single “Royals” took the world by storm and earned her two Grammy Awards. After headlining several music festivals including Coachella and Lollapalozza,17-year-old is set to release her sophomore album this fall. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calender. Below, watch the music video for “Team.”

A former member of ’80s American punk band Hüsker Dü and leader of the alternative pop group Sugar, Bob Mould will take the stage solo as he performs at the TLA. His new album Beauty and Ruin is laced with sounds reminiscent of his earlier punk days as opposed to the soothing and somber tracks of his earlier solo work.Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calender. Below, watch the music video for “I Don’t Know You Anymore.”

Also playing:

Buzzcocks at Union Transfer (8:30 p.m, $25, all ages)

Purples at Bourbon and Branch (8:00 p.m, $10)

The Features at MilkBoy (8:30 p.m, $10-12, 21+)
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