The Julie Ruin

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Just the other day, someone was asking me whatever happened to Kathleen Hanna. This friend and I had watched Not Another Teen Movie, in which Bikini Kill—which Hanna, of course, fronted—is wonderfully referenced as being the favorite band of main character Janey Briggs. Later, we hear Kill’s “Rebel Girl” as Briggs paints a portrait of her family. “What’s up with that band?” she asks me. Well, here’s what I told her.

“The punk feminist—and perhaps the baddest-ass person in the land—it happens, is still at it,” I said. “She’s actually fronting the Brooklyn-based noise project The Julie Ruin, whose first album, Run Fast, dropped this week. And the first songs released from it are decidedly awesome.”

In a recent Pitchfork interview, Hanna noted that her new band’s reception has already been greater than Bikini Kill’s was originally. “We’re being so much more appreciated right now in 2013 than we were in 1994,” she said. “History’s on our side.” And why is that? “I’m just excited that it’s not that weird to be a woman in a band anymore.” As are we all, sister.

And then, to my friend, the icing: “You know who else is in the band? Former Kill bassist Kathi Wilcox.” To miss their Philly show, I said, “would be a huge disservice to the Janey Briggs in us all.” / RANDY LOBASSO

8:30pm. $15. With Swearin’, Plastic Hearts + Untamed. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com
 

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Thursday, September 05, 2013
Recurring: ONCE

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8:30pm. $15

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Union Transfer , 1026 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 09/05/2013. .

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