When: Sat., Aug. 6, 8 p.m. 2016
As reunion tours go, this one took a lot of people by surprise—the viability came as a shock to cofounder and front woman Donita Sparks, who was a bit overwhelmed by the success of a Kickstarter launched to fund an L7 documentary. The pioneering all-female band ran with the grunge pack thanks to a postpunk attitude and west-coast social circle, but when you listen to their wonderful old records now, there’s a straightforward LA hard-rock/classic-metal feel to them, unabashed and unvarnished. In their 90s heyday, L7 were a force of nature, steamrolling gender barriers and putting a female spin on rock-star shenanigans (Iggy Pop might have pulled something like Sparks’s notorious Reading Festival tampon stunt if he’d had it in him . . . literally). They gave Chicago an appetizer-size taste of their perfectly reconstituted sound at Riot Fest last year, but this is L7’s first headlining appearance in Chicago since before their 2001 drift apart.