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Punk Legend Jello Biafra Brings His Newest Band to Tempe on October 26

The ex-Dead Kennedys frontman is still pissed at the state of the world and formed a new band last year to help back up his typically shrill vocal histrionics with plenty of hardcore punk riffs. Collectively dubbed "Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine," the five-piece outfit is his latest vehicle for spreading his lyrical vitriol, which lately has been aimed somewhat at the Obama administration (hence the title of their recent debut disc The Audacity of Hype), as well such targets as consumer culture and Internet and computer culture.

The aging icon is bringing the Guantanamo School of Medicine to the Valley on Monday, October 26, for a gig at the Clubhouse Music Venue in Tempe. Phoenix punks should feel somewhat honored by this show, as Biafra is only stopping in three other cities during the current GSOM tour, including New Orleans and Austin.
Hopefully this visit will be less drama-filled than the last time he hit in Phoenix back in 2006 and staged something of a hissy fit at Kimber Lanning's indie record store Stinkweeds (click here to read more about what happened back then).

If you're wondering if Biafra and the GSOM at all come close to sounding anything like the original Dead Kennedys, hit the jump for a YouTube clip.

By the way, the show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are only $15. Luckyman's handling this show (Will Anderson and Biafra go way back), so head over to their site to get your tickets.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.