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Many of my most formative moments took place on the John Jay High School Swim & Dive team bus. I was a slow and techniqueless swimmer and could barely pull off a sit-dive, but the team didn’t cut anyone who showed up to practice, so there I was. I didn’t even go to John Jay, but my tiny public high school sent kids who wanted to play the less-popular sports to the bigger nearby school. It was a perfect place for me to meet new people. Read More
  I walk into the House of Vans Brooklyn Venue on a Saturday afternoon. A spattering of bass and drums fills the drafty warehouse full of skate ramps, expansive space, and a performance stage. On that stage is Kathleen Hanna and The Julie Ruin. The band is here to kick off their summer tour and they're in the middle of a soundcheck. Hanna greets me with a casual wave that melts away any nerves about speaking with this group of feminist legends.  After they finish up a few songs, everyone filters into the lounge. Read More
A powerful riot grrrl combination is brewing and by the time they hit the road this spring, stages across the country are likely to explode. Hip-hop artist (and one of our fav girls) Lizzo will be  joining Sleater-Kinney for the first leg of their spring tour officially starting in February. Read More
The beginning of The Punk Singer, a documentary that tells the story of Kathleen Hanna, OG of the Riot Grrrl movement, starts off with Hanna performing a spoken word piece in 1991. She says, “I am your worst nightmare come to life / I’m a girl you can’t shut up.” While far from a nightmare and more like our ultimate feminist wet dream, Hanna speaks the truth in that she definitely hasn’t shut up. The lead singer of Bikini Kill has a lot going on these days and we are pumped to hear more of her voice in 2015. Read More
Recently CNN published a video where three women who have all accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault met for the first time. Read More
Yesterday punk/riot grrrl band Sleater-Kinney hosted a Reddit AMA where they not only answered questions from fans, but also released the new single "Surface Envy" from their new album No Cities to Love (Sub Pop), which is their first album in 10 years! The album comes out January 20. Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, and Janet Weiss also came onto The Chris Gethard Show last night as guest panelists to play the made-up, ridiculous game "All Hands on the Bad One," with musical guests Priests. Read More
Babes in Toyland are back! Once dubbed "foxcore" by Thurston Moore -- a label the Babes did not appreciate, the Minneapolis-based, babydoll dress-wearing, punk power trio that ground guts onstage in the nineties have reunited their Fontenella-era lineup for a show, presumably to kick off a bitchin' tour, in L.A. at the Roxy on February 12th. The 18 years since Kat Bjelland, Maureen Herman and Lori Barbero last stepped on stage together cannot be described as silent. Babes in Toyland influenced legions of musicians to rage and riot, including Sleater-Kinney and Bikini Kill. Read More
  It was music for the kids in high school who wore worn-out Converse and an air of nonchalance. They didn’t smoke like the others, but drank coffee like water, and listened to Sleater-Kinney with the same kind of aggression. Most were unabashedly convinced they were the only ones the band were singing to. Comprised of Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, Sleater-Kinney became enmeshed in the northwest punk scene of the early '90s. Read More
Sleater–Kinney had a twelve-year career with seven epic albums; they exuded raw, riot grrrl energy everywhere they toured. The band received high praise from Rolling Stone for “pushing rock to the boiling point,” and Rob Sheffield called them, “America’s best punk band. EVER.” Not counting their 2013 reunion (joining Pearl Jam to cover Neil Young), it has been eight years since fans have had pure Sleater-Kinney goodness. However, the people at Sub Pop Records are giving fans a real gift. On Oct. Read More
Although we’re fresh off the new Beyoncé-Nicki collaboration that has quite literally rocked the internet, we may have another duo of fire starters partnering up soon.   A few days ago, Miley Cyrus turned her Instagram into a one day, mini-shrine to one of music’s most prevalent and influential feminists: the one, the only Kathleen Hanna. She threw out a couple pro-Hanna comments, like “coolest ever” and “f*** yeah… #girlsrule”. Read More
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