Posted in Live Shows

Cool Shows in LA 10/29 – 11/4

Tuesday 10/29

-Death at the Echoplex ($22)

-The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, & White Denim at the Greek Theatre ($53-$63)

-CocoRosie at the Fonda Theatre (Sold Out)

-Arcade Fire at a Secret Location (win tix through music experiment)

Wednesday 10/30

-Magic Wands and Death Valley Girls at Harvard and Stone (Free!)

-White Denim at Amoeba (Free!)

-Tame Impala and White Denim at the Belasco Theater (Sold Out)

Thursday 10/31

-Arcade Fire at the Hollywood Palladium (Sold Out)

-Surf Curse and Roses at the Smell ($5)

Friday 11/1

-The Shondes and Go Betty Go at the Smell ($5)

-Deftones at the Greek Theatre ($53)

-Kanye West at the Honda Center ($49-$225)

The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala at the Santa Barbara Bowl ($48-$64)

Saturday 11/2

Janelle Monáe at Club Nokia ($38)

-Father John Misty (solo) at the Wiltern ($27-$34)

-Two Door Cinema Club at the Greek Theatre ($48)

-Johnny Marr at the Fonda Theatre ($37)

-Eagles of Death Metal at Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare (Sold Out)

Sunday 11/3

-Deep Cotton at the Bootleg Bar ($12)

-Johnny Marr at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Sold Out)

Monday 11/4

-Desaparecidos at the Fonda Theatre ($42)

-Diego Garcia at the Troubadour ($15)

-Charli XCX and Kitten at El Rey ($22)

-Deerhoof at the Echoplex ($14)

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Posted in Reviews

The Punk Singer (Review)

This review’s a bit older, since I went to the screening like a month ago.  But since the film hasn’t been released yet, I figured I’d still post this.

I was in elementary school when Bikini Kill broke up.  When I was in high school, Le Tigre announced they were going on a hiatus.  My full awareness of Kathleen Hanna and her influence came in college, mostly secondhand, seeing it through her musical descendants, bands like the Gossip and Mika Miko.  But these bands drove me learn more about Kathleen Hanna and riot grrrl.

I have since become slightly obsessed with the idea of riot grrrl.  When I was in elementary school, my idea of feminism was through artists like Alanis Morissette, Gwen Stefani (of No Doubt), and Shirley Manson (of Garbage).  It was an accessible kind of feminism, because they were vocalizing things I could understand.  Bikini Kill was important on a different level because they were discussing the undiscussed.  Complex feminist issues like rape, incest, and violence.

Bikini Kill were/ are immensely important. They had a platform where they were able to say what so many women wanted to say.  Their presence has influenced and will influence women for years to come.

I wanted to start this review with my perspective, because my view of Bikini Kill/ Kathleen Hanna is different from someone who was following the band at the time.  I view them as this legendary feminist band.  As a fan of music and feminism, Bikini Kill/ Kathleen Hanna were able to do it all.

The Punk Singer was an inspirational documentary to me.  It made me want to go out and create music.  I’ve read about Bikini Kill shows, and I’ve read about the Sex Pistols’ live shows having this type of influence.  Unfortunately, I was not able to witness them live first-hand, but the movie kind of had that impact.  It was great to hear different perspectives on Kathleen Hanna and what her presence in music meant to them.  Interviews in the film included women like Ann Powers, Kim Gordon, Joan Jett, Carrie Brownstein, & Corin Tucker.  Hearing these perspectives was kind of like going to a concert and hearing the excitement from people about the band they are about to see.  Even going to this screening and seeing all the ladies in the audience who still held riot grrrl/ Kathleen Hanna in such high esteem was amazing.  Seeing the live footage on a big screen and being able to hear Bikini Kill’s music super loud, was so incredible.

Kathleen Hanna spoke about her upbringing in the movie and how this shaped her as a person.  One story that stood out was a “trust fall” test between her mother and herself.  Kathleen caught her mother when they did the first part of the test but her mother did not catch her.  Her mother said that it was a lesson to Kathleen to never trust anyone, even her own mother.

Kathleen Hanna also spoke about how many people did not take her seriously because she spoke like a “valley girl”.  She said that when she was a teenager, she tried to speak like a valley girl because to her, it was like a signifier of class.  Kathleen Hanna speaking like a “valley girl” seemed to be helpful to the riot grrrl movement (and maybe even more so to today’s girls) because many teenage girls talk like a “valley girl.”  It’s relatable.

The film answered many questions for me, because everything I know about Kathleen Hanna was received mostly secondhand from books and magazines speaking about her (not interviews).  To hear her speak about her own experience directly was informative.  It was sad hearing about the long process of her getting diagnosed with Lyme Disease and getting treatment for it.  When she left Le Tigre a few years back, she reasoned she said everything she had to say.  She explained in the film that she was lying and was feeling gravely ill, but did not want to admit it to everyone.

The good news is, she’s on the mend and doing much better.  She’s back in action with the band the Julie Ruin (I wrote a brief review on one of their LA shows).  The evening was extremely moving and to top it off, Kathleen Hanna did a quick Q&A.  A self-described  riot grrrl  in the audience said to Kathleen Hanna that it was “surreal” to be able to see her in person.  Kathleen Hanna responded with framing her hands around her face and moving them back and forth (so she looked “surreal”).  It was a great Q&A and gave many fans the opportunity to speak their mind.

I have never been prouder to have a blog called “Valley Grrrl” after seeing this film.  The film discussed the importance of feminism and why there has been a resurgence of girls searching for riot grrrl or starting their own movements.  Bikini Kill were so incredibly powerful and it’s awesome to see that now Kathleen Hanna’s important presence has properly been documented.

Posted in Live Shows

Cool Shows in LA 10/22 – 10/28

Tuesday 10/22

-Best Coast at Amoeba (Free!)

-Jenny Lewis at Largo (Sold Out)

-Au Revoir Simone at the Echoplex ($14)

-Real Estate at the Troubadour ($22)

Wednesday 10/23

-James Blake at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Sold Out)

-Portugal.  The Man at Ventura Theater ($22)

Thursday 10/24

-María Del Pilar at the Bootleg ($10)

-Oh Land at the Troubadour ($18)

-The Sounds at the Belasco Theater (Sold Out)

Friday 10/25

-Hanni El Khatib at El Rey ($20)

-Woodkid at the Fonda Theatre ($23)

-Hercules and Love Affair at the Troubadour ($3)

Saturday 10/26

-Glasser & Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr DJ Set at the KCRW Masquerade ($100)

-Kanye West at Staples Center (Sold Out)

-Boy at the Fonda Theatre ($20)

Sunday 10/27

-Sky Ferreira at El Rey ($20)

Monday 10/28

-Kanye West at Staples Center ($118-$223)

-Bonobo at the Wiltern ($34)

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Cool Shows in LA 10/15 – 10/21

Tuesday 10/15

-Kitten at Origami Vinyl (Free!)

-The Dodos at El Rey ($18)

-Wavves and Jacuzzi Boys at the Echoplex (Sold Out)

Wednesday 10/16

-Gary Numan at Amoeba (Free!)

-Haim and IO Echo at the Fonda Theatre (Sold Out)

-Widowspeak at the Echo ($10)

Thursday 10/17

-Little Dragon at El Rey (Sold Out)

-Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at the Glass House in Pomona ($25)

-City and Colour at Club Nokia ($33-$38)

-Gary Numan at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Sold Out)

-Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Presents Big Top at LA State Historic Park ($60)

Friday 10/18

-Sleigh Bells at El Rey ($23)

-Jesca Hoop at the Hotel Cafe ($13)

-Ian Rubbish at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock ($10)

-Gary Numan at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Sold Out)

-Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Presents Big Top at LA State Historic Park ($60)

Saturday 10/19

-Aftergloam at the Smell ($5)

-Palma Violets at El Rey ($20)

-Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Presents Big Top at LA State Historic Park (Sold Out)

Sunday 10/20

-Junip at the Troubadour ($25)

-GRMLN at the Bootleg Bar ($12)

-Jesse Thomas at the Hotel Cafe ($13)

-Crystal Stilts at the Echo ($10)

-Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Presents Big Top at LA State Historic Park ($50-$60)

Monday 10/21

-Best Coast and Death Valley Girls at the Fonda Theatre ($20)

-Surfer Blood at El Rey ($20)

-Animal Collective and Dan Deacon at the Wiltern ($34)

-Jenny Lewis at Largo (Sold Out)

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Cool Shows in LA 10/8 – 10/14

Tuesday 10/8

-Gogol Bordello & Crystal Antlers at the Fonda Theatre ($41)

-Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside at the Satellite ($12)

-Daughter at the Wiltern ($20-$27)

Wednesday 10/9

-Juliette Commagere at the Hotel Cafe ($13)

-Gogol Bordello & Crystal Antlers at the Fonda Theatre ($41)

-An Evening with Steve Kilbey and Greg Dulli, Alain Johannes (Sold Out)

-The Avett Brothers at the Shrine ($53-$64)

Thursday 10/10

-White Lies at El Rey (Sold Out)

-Glasser at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery ($25)

-Stereophonics at the Fonda Theatre ($41)

-The Babies at the Satellite ($12)

-Culture Collide Festival with The Men & No Joy in Echo Park ($30 for 3-day pass)

Friday 10/11

-Electric Flower Group and Jeffertitti’s Nile at Casey’s (Free!)

-Culture Collide Festival with Bleached & Mystery Skulls in Echo Park ($30 for 3-day pass)

-KT Tunstall at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Sold Out)

Saturday 10/12

-Culture Collide Festival with King Khan and the Shrines, The Raveonettes, & Rhye in Echo Park ($30 for 3-day pass)

-Warpaint at El Rey ($25)

-KT Tunstall at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Sold Out)

Sunday 10/13

-The Coathangers at the Satellite ($15)

-Primal Scream & the Icarus Line at the Fonda Theatre ($30)

-Jeffertitti’s Nile at the Bootleg ($10)

Monday 10/14

-Haunted Summer at the Echo (Free!)

-The Preatures at the Satellite (Free!)

Posted in Music

Female Musicians Weigh in on Miley Cyrus

I cannot stand Miley Cyrus’ music.  The only good that has come from her recent performances is that they have sparked a lot of really great discussions.  Below are letters and tweets on her performances from some female musicians.  If there’s anyone you’d like to add, please leave a comment!

– Sinéad O’Connor

– Amanda Palmer

– Santigold

– Sia (read her comments to others as well)

– Shirley Manson

– Kid Sister

-Brody Dalle

-Annie Lennox

Posted in Live Shows

Cool Shows in LA 10/1 – 10/7

Tuesday 10/1

-Phosphorescent at El Rey ($20)

-Arctic Monkeys and Mini Mansions at the Wiltern (Sold Out)

-Frightened Rabbit at the Avalon ($32)

Wednesday 10/2

-Depeche Mode and Crystal Castles at Staples Center ($50-$130)

-Moby at the Fonda Theatre ($50-$200)

-Arctic Monkeys at Jimmy Kimmel Live (Sold Out)

-Tom Brosseau at the Standard Hollywood (Free!)

Thursday 10/3

-Moby at the Fonda Theatre ($50-$200)

-Annabella Lwin at the Viper Room ($15)

Friday 10/4

-Youth Lagoon at First Unitarian Church ($20-$38)

-Death Valley Girls at Pehrspace ($5)

-Moby at the Fonda Theatre ($50-$200)

-Mark Lanegan at the Troubadour (Sold Out)

-Travis at the Wiltern ($42-$58)

Saturday 10/5

-Bosnian Rainbows at the Eagle Rock Music Festival ($10 Suggested Donation)

-Neko Case at Way Over Yonder at the Santa Monica Pier ($36-$112)

-Kinky at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex ($15-$40)

Sunday 10/6

-Conor Oberst and First Aid Kit at Way Over Yonder at the Santa Monica Pier ($36-$112)

Monday 10/7

-Travis at Fingerprints (Free with RSVP)

-Gogol Bordello and Crystal Antlers at the Fonda Theatre ($41)

-Fiona Apple at the Walt Disney Concert Hall (Sold Out)