Julie Ruin, Screaming Females | Lincoln Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Julie Ruin, Screaming Females All Ages Agenda Early Warnings (Music) Sold Out (Music) Soundboard Recommended Image

When: Wed., April 9, 7 p.m. 2014

Between the 1997 breakup of Bikini Kill (which provided much of the foundation of the 90s riot-grrrl movement) and the 1998 launch of Le Tigre (which contributed greatly to the early-aughts electroclash scene), Kathleen Hanna released a solo album as Julie Ruin that merged punk, pop, and electronic music into a lo-fi but compellingly cohesive whole, but somehow it ended up overshadowed by her other projects. In 2010 she revived the name for a new band that includes Kenny Mellman, aka “Herb” from cultishly revered postmodern cabaret duo Kiki & Herb, and former Bikini Kill bassist Kathi Wilcox. Hanna’s lengthy bout with Lyme disease delayed the Julie Ruin’s launch by several years, but last September they finally released the triumphant Run Fast (Dischord), a dance-punk record that grooves more organically than her work with Le Tigre—and with a bit more theatrical flair, thanks in large part to Mellman’s vocal contributions. It’s easily Hanna’s most mature and subtle album to date, but onstage she delivers the same dance-floor-filling revolutionary energy she did 20 years ago. —Miles Raymer Screaming Females open.

Price: sold out

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