Dead Kennedys

Music, Punk and metal
Dead Kennedys
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The current Dead Kennedys incarnation features a respectable three quarters of the San Francisco punk heroes' classic lineup. Unfortunately, the quarter that's missing is the one that really counts: Jello Biafra, one of the funniest and most charismatic frontmen to emerge from the early-'80s hardcore scene. Still, the band's catalog of spaghetti western-tinged punk rock is deep, and current vocalist Ron "Skip" Greer does a decent enough Jello, so we'll leave the final verdict to you. Catch them at two SoCal shows: first at Santa Ana's Observatory and then at the Roxy.

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