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Preview Tue Apr 08 2014

The Julie Ruin and The Screaming Females Take Aim at Lincoln Hall, 4/9

The Julie Ruin originated as a solo project by Kathleen Hanna in the midst of a short break from Bikini Kill, the band that introduced Hanna and the riot grrl movement of the Pacific Northwest to national audiences. Hanna recently told the Detroit Metro Times that by adopting the Julie Ruin moniker for her solo work, she "had this artificial character that I could hide behind. Because I had that safety I was able to be even more honest."

This honesty is conjured in ample spades on 2013's Run Fast, the second album released under the name The Julie Ruin, but the first recorded by a band. The lineup includes Bikini Kill bassist Kathi Wilcox, and Kenny Mellman of NYC cabaret duo Kiki and Herb. The album is also the first release of original material by Hanna since she took an extended break from her previous band, Le Tigre, and music, in 2006. We learned in last year's documentary The Punk Singer that the hiatus was due to chronic health issues stemming from a diagnosis of late-stage Lyme disease (the film itself is an excellent primer on Hanna's life and her foundational role in the movement that spurred so much amazing music). Only in the past few years has Hanna re-emerged on the music scene, beginning with a live performance in New York City in December 2010 and culminating with the release of Run Fast last autumn.

Just as Le Tigre supplemented Bikini Kill's punk fervency with electronica, The Julie Ruin incorporates the synthetic squiggles of Hanna's previous band with a jubilant and periodically laid-back approach. Hanna's newest work strikes me as emanating from someone who feels assured that they've amassed a legacy for themselves, and who now feels a freedom to forge ahead on whatever musical thruway seems most exciting. Run Fast, in fact, may be my favorite album of Hanna's myriad projects; the songs run the gamut of sensibilities and sounds, and there is a confidence in the experimentation that is as casual as it is formidable.


Kicking off the evening is the powerful New Jersey rock trio Screaming Females, who are led by guitarist and vocalist Marissa Paternoser; they released one of my favorite records of the past few years (2012's Ugly). Paternoser's work on the fretboard has received significant attention, but the songs themselves deliver a potent punch, with riffs that alternate between acting as scalpels or battering rams, and tunes that are equally adorned with heaviness and hooks.

The Julie Ruin plays at Lincoln Hall on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 with openers Screaming Females. Doors are at 7pm. Tickets are $16 (a few more were just released, even though the show's been sold out a few weeks) and the show is all ages.

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Rebecca / April 8, 2014 3:34 PM

Kathleen Hanna is a transphobic bigot! She TWICE played the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, a place which refuses entry to trans women and openly refers to them as men. She completely ignored a boycott called by trans women and their allies and never once acknowledged it. People who disagree with the policy of excluding trans women at michfest either don't play the festival or speak out against it! Kathleen Hanna has done neither. She built a reputation as a feminist and anti oppression advocate and when the time came to speak up for the tiniest, most marginalized and maligned group among us, she stayed silent. And that pretty much erases any feminist label she could have tried to muster. It is time to apologize, Kathleen!

blogpants / April 8, 2014 5:53 PM

Just out of curiosity, is every woman who ever performed at Michigan a transphobic bigot? Or just Kathleen Hanna?

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

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Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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