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

The Dead Milkmen
Photo via deadmilkmen.com

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.” Continue reading →

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Download “I Don’t Know You Anymore,” Bob Mould’s newest punk-from-the-heart song

Photo by Jay Blakesberg
Photo by Jay Blakesberg

Former Husker Du and Sugar front man and guitarist Bob Mould returns with a new album, Beauty & Ruin tomorrow, with Jason Narducy on bass and vocals and Jon Wurster on drums. Mould is back on point with his new release, a couple years since his 2012 release, Silver Ages. On Beauty & Rain, Mould sticks to his now classic sound, crunching out power chords, mining melodic and rocking punk-from-the-heart songs.

Below, download “I Don’t Know You Anymore” by via NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bob Mould at Union Transfer, Jeff Ziegler and Tadoma at PhilaMOCA, Dominic Angellela at The Fire

It’s a great show for 90s nostalgics at Union Transfer tonight; Bob Mould, former frontman of Husker Du and Sugar, will perform the latter’s 1992 album Copper Blue in its entirety. Joining him is longtime bassist Jason Narducy, as well as Superchunk drummer John Wurster. The all-ages show begins at 9 p.m., and tickets are available here for $25. Below, watch a video of the band playing “Hoover Dam.”

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File under rock: listen to a new Bob Mould song, “The Descent” (playing Union Transfer September 11th)

Photo by Peter Ellenby

Bob Mould is releasing a new album, Silver Age, on Merge Records on September 4th. Mould is also out on his Silver Age/Copper Blue tour which plays in Philly at Union Transfer on Tuesday, September 11th. For his show at Union Transfer, Mould celebrates the 20th anniversary release of the classic Sugar album, Copper Blue, by playing it in its entirety with an additional set of songs mixing in material from the forthcoming album, as well as classics from Hüsker Dü, Sugar and his solo work.