Dead Kennedys Top the Print Section, Along With Frank Turner, The Shrills and Ask Exene
Dead Kennedys sans Jello
[Editor's Note: Every Thursday, in addition to bombarding you with blog posts, this newspaper does something really crazy...we write a print version! Here's a taste of our top stories this week]
1) Our lead story this week focuses on San Francisco's iconic punk outfit Dead Kennedys who, despite the absence of original singer Jello Biafra, are still making quite a name for themselves decades after albums like Frankenchrist and Bedtime For Democracy. Our reporter Ryan Ritchie gives us a quick look into the band's volatile legal history that pitted three of the band's original members against Biafra in court over rights to their music. Now that DK members East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride and D.H. Peligro have been back in the saddle since the early 2000s and are currently fronted by singer Ron "Skip" Greer, would you consider them a pack of surviving legends or just a really good cover band? Check this piece out and judge for yourself when you see them at the Observatory on Friday.
2) Our second feature profiles ballsy English folk singer-songwriter Frank Turner. Remember that guy who sang his song "I Still Believe" in front of thousands during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London this year? For Turner, that performance became his introduction to the world. Web editor/reporter Taylor Hamby talks to him about that gig and his struggles to shirk his image as a "Billy Bragg-style socialist" in his home country. Read our story before you see him at the House of Blues Anaheim tonight.
3) Our Locals Only column this week focuses on a loveable pack of self-destructive OC weirdos named the Shrills. They sat down to talk with yours truly about their gear-smashing, head-gashing stage show that often leaves them bruised and bloody. They're gearing up to play the Continental Room in Fullerton this Sunday
4) Finally, this week's Ask Exene column tells us that when it comes to a woman's true purpose in life, there are plenty of ways to live a full life without the joys of motherhood.
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