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Tonight’s Concert Picks: TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb at Underground Arts, Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Appel Center, The Dead Milkmen at The Trocadero

T.J. Kong and the Atomic Bomb | Photo by John Vettese

If you’re in search of a show to fit the spooky mood of Halloween weekend, Underground Arts is the place to be tonight. T.J. Kong and the Atomic Bomb are staging their 8th annual Halloween Murdershow, and they’ll surely bring all the creep factor you’re looking for. Bonus: it’s a super-stacked lineup with Tutlie, Levee Drivers, Shy Boyz, Red 40 and the Last Groovement and OOLALA rounding out the show. The post-apocalyptic blues band released Dancing out the Door earlier this month; listen to “Black Bats” below. Find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar; tickets are also available as a bundle option with a copy of the new album. Continue reading →

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Philly punk faves The Dead Milkmen have returned with an eclectic new charity record via The Giving Groove

The Dead Milkmen
The Dead Milkmen | Photo by Morgan Smith for WXPN | phobymo.com

Since the the mid 80s Philly’s Dead Milkmen have purveyors of punk rock and pop mixed with biting satire. Today, they have released a new EP called Welcome To The End of The World through the charity label The Giving Groove. The six-song EP contains a mix of styles; oddball arrangements and bass-heavy grooves, songs about Swedish ghosts and the pitfalls of falling in love too easily.

In collaboration with the Giving Groove, the Milkmen will give half of all the album proceeds from Welcome To The End of The World to Girls Rock Philly. The band also announced a remix contest where fans can go to town on the stems from “Brutalist Beat,” with the winner receiving a TASCAM Track Factory recording system, DP-006 digital recorder, TH-MX2 studio headphones, custom FM synth patches created by Rodney Anonymous, signed test pressings, t-shirts, and more. Continue reading →

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The Dead Milkmen will play a Halloweekend show at The Troc

The Dead Milkmen
The Dead Milkmen | Photo by Morgan Smith for WXPN | phobymo.com

It certainly is a good day for Halloween centric concert announcements from Philly punk bands. As Modern Baseball announced its three-night mid-October stand at Union Transfer with a flyer in costume, Philly icons The Dead Milkmen announced gave word that it would headline The Trocadero on Saturday, October 28th — a significant spot for the band, as it is where the band played its first farewell in 1994 and where it headlined on Halloween a couple years ago.  Tickets are on sale Friday, August 25th at noon, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Queue at Steel City Coffee, Hezekiah Jones at The Ardmore Music Hall, and Dead Milkmen at Clark Park

Queue | photo by Rebecca Aronow | via artist’s Facebook page

We were introduced to these then-Philly scene newcomers last year. Since then, five-piece outfit Queue has been making the moves. Recently, they debuted a live wire single, “Frontier.” It’s an an electric, gauzy track that doesn’t let up in energy. Listen below, and then check out the band live at Steel City Coffee tonight; info on tickets can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The Dead Milkmen will play Clark Park Festival in July

The Dead Milkmen
The Dead Milkmen | Photo by Morgan Smith for WXPN | phobymo.com

When it comes to hometown gigs, The Dead Milkmen sure know how to pick ’em. Autumnal outings in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Headlining The Trocadero on Halloween. And now — or rather, once again — West Philly’s gorgeous Clark Park.

We just got word that the band will perform the Clark Mark Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, July 15th. The free outdoor gig will also feature I Think Like Midnight, an instrumental band featuring the Milkmen’s Dean Clean on drums and Joe Jack Talcum on bass, along with Andrew Chalfen of aughties faves The Trolleyvox and Josh Newman of The Heyward Howkins Band.  Continue reading →

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Watch Dead Milkmen cover David Bowie, Blue Öyster Cult in Laurel Hill Cemetery

#DeadMilkmen playing at @laurelhillcemetery. Perfect!

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This past Friday night, Philly punk scene icons Dead Milkmen embraced the grey skies and brisk temperatures of autumn to play a concert at a crypt. Seriously.

For the second time in recent years, the Milkmen performed a benefit gig for East Falls haunt (har har) Laurel Hill Cemetery by using the Receiving Tomb Mausoleum just off of Hunting Park Avenue as their stage. The show was sold out, the crowd turned out in force despite the misty skies, and the band rocked a set of classics, new jams and a couple well-chosen cover songs. Continue reading →

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Mixtape Master: Get to know Philly’s F. Woods before he opens for Dead Milkmen at Laurel Hill

F. Woods | photo courtesy of the artist
F. Woods | photo courtesy of the artist

Make sure you arrive early to the sold-out Dead Milkmen show at Laurel Hill Cemetery this Friday night, because you’ll see a mixtape master at work. F. Woods is known around the Philly scene for being a founding member of Mercury Radio Theater, the zany and subversive troupe informed by eastern European folk sounds and early 20th century radio plays.

Woods also played in Farquar Muckenfuss, a comical and surf-rooted band that made the rounds in in the late 90s Philly punk scene.

As Woods said when I caught up with him by phone earlier this month, it’s pretty simple – he likes a lot of music, and he wants to play it all. His first-ever solo album, Found On Road Dead, came out via Bandcamp last November, and it’s a varied and eclectic set. There’s a bit of surf, a bit of math rock complexity, some tunes reminiscent of the airy pop production of the pre-rock-and-roll 40s and 50s.

It’s basically a collection of stuff that together feels very unified, even though the songs are individually distinct. In that sense, it reminds me a lot of a Tarantino soundtrack, or a really good compilation. Below, read my interview with Woods about his musical origins and outlook. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Dead Milkmen will once again haunt Laurel Hill Cemetery with F. Woods and Live Not on Evil on September 30th

The Dead Milkmen at Laurel Hill Cemetery | Photo by John Vettese
The Dead Milkmen at Laurel Hill Cemetery | Photo by John Vettese

If you’re a fan of ominous gothic environs and Philly punk rock, here’s your don’t-miss concert of the autumn: Dead Milkmen will once again perform a show in Laurel Hill Cemetery on September 30th. We caught them there back in 2014, and it was pure magic – so we can only imagine this gig will be as special, if not more. Joining them will be theatrical klezmer-punk artist F. Woods of Mercury Radio Theater, performing a solo gig in support of his recent album, as well as the metal soundbenders Live Not on Evil. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Dead Milkmen’s unreleased “Song With No Name”

The Dead Milkmen at Laurel Hill Cemetery | Photo by John Vettese
The Dead Milkmen at Laurel Hill Cemetery | Photo by John Vettese

Though he sang some of The Dead Milkmen‘s biggest hits – “Punk Rock Girl,” “Methodist Coloring Book” – Joe Jack Talcum was always kind of the quiet shy guitarist guy hanging in the corner, as compared to Rodney Anonymous’ dynamic and bellowing preacher at the subversive pop pulpit. It’s cool, then, to hear this Joe Jack song that the Milkmen unearthed for #ThrowbackThursday this week. Continue reading →

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Philly’s Dead Milkmen threw the ultimate Halloweekend party at The Troc

The Dead Milkmen | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com
The Dead Milkmen | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com

Some mosh pits are sloppy, some mosh pits are scary, but some mosh pits are just pure joy – and the one that broke out at the Dead Milkmen’s Halloween-eve set at the Troc was absolutely the latter.

Rodney Anonymous fitfully weaved his way around the stage with all the energy of his high school self, shouting along with the cheering painted faces below him – equal parts millennial vampires and greying punk zombies. Continue reading →