BY Jamie Bogert
on Dec 22, 2014
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 ... Read More
BY Michelle Beiter
on May 14, 2014
The Julie Ruin has been forced to cancel tour dates on their North American and European tours in the upcoming months due to vocalist Kathleen Hanna’s ongoing fight with Lyme Disease. The singer first opened up to SPIN Magazine last year about her experience battling the disease, which required her to wear an internal IV inside her arm to more effectively deliver medicine closer to her heart. Hanna’s current treatment will take three months, ... Read More
BY Brittany Allen
on Feb 07, 2014
Don't lie – "Rebel Girl" was an important part of the soundtrack at your angriest teenage sleepover. Le Tigre helped initiate that tenacious (and in retrospect, highly dubious) clubbing phase. And now, some twentysomething years down the road, you're digging The Julie Ruin. You've gotten older, sure – but has Kathleen Hanna?
I don't think so! In addition to retaining her particular knack re: wearing-the-hell-out-of-a-printed-shift, Ms. Hanna's ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Dec 06, 2013
It's Friday evening, which means the weekend is your oyster! Two point five days of doing whatever you want...that's deserving of a pretty killer soundtrack, right? Whether you're in need of a low-key kick-back track or an intense "let's go out!" anthem, we've got you covered!
1.) St. Vincent - "Cheerleader"
2.) Lianna La Havas - "Forget"
3.) Charlie XCX - "SuperLove"
4.) Janelle Monae - "Dance Apocalyptic"
5.) AlunaGeorge - ... Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on Nov 26, 2013
Like a fanzine come to life, "The Punk Singer," directed by Sini Anderson, is a tender and totally absorbing documentary portrait of Kathleen Hanna—beloved riot grrrl frontwoman of the bands Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin and Le Tigre.
The film is brimming with expertly edited archival footage and behind-the-scenes glimpses of Hanna’s private life. Viewers not only get to watch her find her voice in the feminist art-punk scene of the early ’90s, ... Read More
BY Laurel Walsh
on Jul 11, 2013
The Julie Ruin is back with a spanking new video! Led as always by Kathleen Hanna, queen of the riot grrrls and legendary frontwoman of feminist punk bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, “Oh Come On!” is The Julie Ruin’s first single from their upcoming album, Run Fast.
The vid has Kathleen Hanna up in your face where she belongs, rocking out in front of some twinkling graffiti. Her powerful scratchy screams are tempered by ... Read More
BY Christian Detres
on Jul 10, 2013
SPONSORED POST I’m puffing away at my desk, e-cig hanging from my mouth like some reporter from the 40’s in an old Manhattan newsroom, the loud AC unit keeping the early-Summer humidity at bay. We just closed the August issue of BUST and my bosses are on vacation for the week. I’m feeling good about the progress I’m making on the quitting angle. I’ve gone through the wracking cough that accompanies your esophagus getting accustomed to ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Jun 10, 2013
It's been awhile since we've heard any new music from the feminist punk legend (half a year to be exact), but it was well worth the wait. "Oh Come On" is a high-energy, fuzzed out punk song that showcases the Bikini Kill members' talents that we've come to love so deeply. (Kathi Wilcox of BK is slappin' da bass, while drummer Carmine Covelli, guitarist Sara Landeau, and keyboardist Kenny Mellman cover the rest of the bases in the Julie Ruin.) Hanna's powerful ... Read More
BY Kari Belsheim
on Feb 20, 2013
On Monday, Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin) had a radio interview on “Q with Jian Ghomeshi,” where she spoke about the importance of public mistakes, the resurgence of the ‘90s, and why she is still pissed off twenty years later (“Does anybody remember that the Equal Rights Amendment never passed?”).
In the wake of the reissue of Bikini Kill’s entire catalog, Hanna speaks a lot about the band’s ... Read More
BY Amy Bucknam
on Dec 11, 2012
More great news on the Bikini Kill front, everyone! Front lady Kathleen Hanna is reviving her project The Julie Ruin—and I am too stoked. Almost as stoked as I was when Bikini Kill told BUST about the launch of their very own record label, Bikini Kill Records, in the December/January issue.
It’s been over 14 years since the release of Julie Ruin’s only album in 1998 after the Bikini Kill break up. But then in 2010, Hanna and Bikini ... Read More