The Riot grrrl movement began in the early 1990’s at the forefront of feminism, punk music, and political commentary. It was a genre built out of anger, frustration, and rage entirely crafted by badass women. These women aimed to express emotions considered acceptable for male songwriters at the time, but far less common for women. Growing out of the Pacific Northwest but quickly spreading across the country, acts like Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney paved the way for many bands to come in the future. Speaking on topics like sexual assault, domestic abuse, anarchism, and female empowerment, the movement was much… Read more »
Basslines and Protest Signs is Brett Callwood’s new column looking at the intersection of music and politics. This week examines the rise of Riot Grrrl.
Basslines and Protest Signs is Brett Callwood’s column looking at the intersection of music and politics. This week talks about the return of the riot grrrls.
The hybrid theater/music project ‘Riot Anitogne’ brought a mixture of Sophocles’ tragedy, ‘Antigone’, and the ‘90s Riot Grrrl movement. This week we catch up with Seonjae Kim, the creator of this original punk rock musical, to discuss her unique creative process, how the songs came to life and how to cultivate confidence while in the creative pursuit. You can now stream ‘Riot Anitogone’ and learn how to catch a live performance.
September means one thing…yes Pumpkin Spice is back at Starbucks, but mainly that Riot Fest in Chicago, IL is right around the corner!
Frustrated by her high school’s rampant sexism, Vivian turns to the Riot Grrrl movement for inspiration in Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie.
When We Were Young Fest is ready for another run. With the announcements of next year’s dates on October 19 and 20, the stacked lineup has fans excited with the number of acts performing iconic albums. From Cobra Starship, Hey Monday, Millionaires to Fall Out Boy, 3OH!3, and more, there will be a ton of tunes that audiences are stoked to hear live (maybe even for the first time!) Here are 15 songs we’re dying to hear at When We Were Young 2024. 1. The Sharpest Lives — My Chemical Romance With a noticeable opening heavy bass line, the fourth… Read more »
Don’t underestimate teenage bands: they’re unstoppable. Their drive, ambition, and carefree attitudes toward life and the world around them don’t make them naive; these traits just make them better at tapping into their vulnerable sides. Whether this means sadness, rage, or cautious contentment, the three members of the punk trio HotWax are proving this to be true with their latest single, “Phone Machine.” Mixing distorted guitars with Bikini Kill-esque vocal melodies, “Phone Machine” is a refreshing new take on the ‘90s feminist punk sound. The music video holds the same DIY attitude, showcasing the members of HotWax performing the track… Read more »
If you’re obsessed with the riot grrrl movement, then you are likely a fan of Bikini Kill. The Washington-based punk band, known for coining the term’s unique spelling, did their part to speak out against misogyny, the patriarchy, and standing up for various feminist topics. Now, frontwoman Kathleen Hanna is telling her story in her upcoming memoir, ‘Rebel Girl: My Life as a Feminist Punk.’ Set to drop online and in bookstores on May 14, the book will take readers on a journey from Hanna’s childhood to her days grinding on the road with Bikini Kill. Being in an all-girl… Read more »
When about thirty years pass, will Bikini Kill and Le Tigre lyrics still sound current, or is some actual progress too much to ask for?