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Dead Kennedys, M.D.C, Cliterati, G.B.A.


Bossanova Ballroom Southeast
Thu., Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m. 2017 21+


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These days, Dead Kennedys’ legacy is a punk soap opera of lawyers, hypocrisy, and petty grudges. Though they’re still reissuing albums and touring the festival circuit, it’s amid persistent callouts from former lead singer Jello Biafra, who critiques current members’ nostalgia cash-grabs (especially when the staunchly anti-corporate band’s music appears in Levi’s commercials and Guitar Hero). What is forever good, righteous, and fun is Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, the group’s 1980 debut. It’s one of hardcore’s most iconic records, with East Bay Ray’s wailing metal guitar riffs, D.H. Peligro’s quick, punchy drumming, and Biafra’s clownish vocals. Most importantly, Fresh Fruit’s biting satire of rich and powerful capitalists, whether they’re ghoulish conservatives (“Kill the Poor”) or limp liberals (“California Über Allies”), feels just as relevant today. CAMERON CROWELL

Bossanova Ballroom

722 E Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214

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  • Thu., Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m. 2017