Dead Milkmen | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Dead Milkmen 

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

Although the Dead Milkmen obviously know--just as well as any band of melodramatic gloom-and-doom bozos you could name--that life is in large part a big crock, they take the eminently healthy course of poking fun at it instead of moaning and groaning and making ugly noises to the robotic beat of a machine (check out "You'll Dance to Anything," their scathing send-up of black-clad "modern dance music" types). This alone would make the Milkmen priceless, but there's more: once you get past the uncompromising nonsinging style of frontman Rodney Anonymous, you find this Philly-based crew has an effortless knack for cranking out catchy, riffy, pithily melodic two-minute chunks of smartass rock 'n' roll (evident not only on the new LP, Bucky Fellini, but all over the group's 1986 masterpiece Eat Your Paisley!). If you called them "artists," they'd probably be offended, but it's fascinating to observe how the Milkmen are able to display such mature intelligence and craftsmanship, all while continuing to act very much like kids. Tonight, 7:30 PM, Cabaret Metro, 3730 N. Clark; 549-0203.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Chris Coccia.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Renaldo Migaldi

  • The List: July 22-28, 2010

    The List: July 22-28, 2010

    Critics' Choices and other notable shows: Terry Adams Rock & Roll Quartet, Juana Molina, Struck by Lightning, David Dondero, Natacha Atlas, and more
    • Jul 22, 2010
  • A Son of Sun

    A Son of Sun

    It's been 50 years since he recorded at Sam Phillips's legendary studio and more than 30 since he quit music to drive a limo, but rockabilly pioneer Hayden Thompson is getting back into the business.
    • Nov 29, 2007
  • Thomas E. Ricks

    • Sep 28, 2006
  • More »

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
The Great Leap Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Upstairs Theatre
September 05
Performing Arts
Oslo Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
September 10

Tabbed Event Search

Popular Stories