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The Dead Milkmen

8 p.m. Saturday, June 8. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street. $20. 314-535-0353.

The early-’80s East Coast hardcore scene was serious business. Straight-edge punks were sincere, screaming and rallying for political causes. And then there was the Dead Milkmen. It’s hard to imagine a more unlikely fit for “punk legend” status, but this little joke-punk band out of Philadelphia grew to be an internationally beloved one-of-a-kind act. The band stood out among its contemporaries with funny, story-driven songs set to a jangly sound. The music is a mix of snotty punk and sweet, almost surflike sounds, and its originality has been winning over audiences for 30 years, with surprising underground hits like “Bitchin’ Camaro,” “The Thing That Only Eats Hippies” and “Punk Rock Girl.”

Note: This show is part of a sort-of reunion tour, but Dead Milkmen founder and frontman Joe Genaro (“Joe Jack Talcum”) has also found success with his other punk project, the Low Budgets.

–JAIME LEES

link: Riverfront Times