On Wednesday July 28, 2010 San Francisco's notorious, Class-of-77 female-led punk rock band THE AVENGERS will embark on their first East Coast tour in over three years. The band were handpicked by Big Takeover Magazine editor and publisher, Jack Rabid to headline his magazine’s Thirtieth Anniversary Festival at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY. Three of these dates mark the band's first return to Canada since their 1979 break up a...nd are the band’s first-ever shows in Ontario and Quebec. The band – featuring the iconic Penelope Houston on vocals and Greg Ingraham on guitar – have toured the world since their 2002 reformation and are showing no signs of slowing down. The line-up – augmented by long-serving members, Joel Reader (Mr. T Experience/Pansy Division) on bass and Luis Illades (Pansy Division) on drums – remains a complete and total inspirational powerhouse on stage - just as they were three decades ago.
Wednesday July 28, 2010 - Providence, RI @ AS220
115 Empire St., Providence, RI 02903-3217
(401) 831-9327; http://www.as220.org
$8.00 advance & day of show; all ages’ 8.00pm doors
w/The Grass Widow & Blood Huff
Thursday July 29, 2010 - Cambridge, MA @ TT the Bears
10 Brookline St., Cambridge, MA 02139-4152
(617) 492-0082; http://www.ttthebears.com
$10.00 advance; 12.00 day of show; 18+ to enter; 8.30pm doors
w/the Grass Widow, Doomstar!, The Pleasure Kills
Friday July 30, 2010 - Brooklyn, NY @ Bell House
[headlining the Big Takeover 30th Anniversary Festival]
149 7th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 643-6510; http://www.thebellhouseny.com
FESTIVAL PRICING: $25/day of show & 40 2-day pass; 18+; 6.00pm doors
w/Channel 3, Visqueen, Springhouse, Libertines US, Flower & EDP
Saturday July 31, 2010 - New Haven, CT @ Café Nine
250 State St., New Haven, CT, 06511
(203) 789-8281; http://www.cafenine.com
$10.00 advance; 12.00 day of show; 21+ to enter; 9.00pm doors
w/Lost Generation & The Pleasure Kills
Sunday August 1, 2010 - Montreal, QUE @ Katacombes
1635 Boulevard Saint Laurent Montréal, QC H2X 2S9, Canada
(514) 861-6151; http://www.myspace.com/katacombes
$15.00 CAN advance & day of show; 18+ to enter; 8.00pm doors
w/Walnut Kids & Accident
Monday August 2, 2010 - Toronto, ONT @ Horseshoe Tavern
370 Queen St. West, Toronto, ONT, M5V 2A2; Canada
(416) 598-4753; www.legendaryhorseshoetavern.com
$14.50 CAN advance / 16.00 CAN day of show; 19+ to enter; 8.30pm doors
Tuesday August 3, 2010 - Hamilton, ONT @ This Ain’t Hollywood
345 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8L 1H3, Canada
(905) 529-9500; http://www.thisainthollywood.ca
$15.00 CAN advance / 20.00 CAN day of show; 9:00pm doors
Wednesday August 4, 2010 - Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
219 Monroe Ave Rochester, NY, 14607
$10 advance; 12 day of show; 8.00pm doors
w/Emmersons & The Pleasure Kills
Thursday August 5, 2010 - Long Branch, NJ @ Brighton Bar
121 Brighton Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 229-9676; www.myspace.com/thebrightonbar
$10 advance; 13 day of show; 9.00pm doors
w/The Graveyard School, The Sex Zombies, TV Tramps & The Pleasure Kills
As most folks know, once a specific scene hits the 20 year mark, there seems to be a resurgence of interest by kids who had just missed the first wave. The 20 year mark also is accompanied by reflections from the people involved who have gained perspective and insight in the years following said scene.
So seems to be the case with the Riot Grrrl movement in 2010. In the June/July issue of Bust Magazine, Marisa Meltzer, wrote a great introductory piece about the movement, which featured interviews from Bratmobile's Allison Wolfe and Molly Neuman as well as Bikini Kill's Tobi Vail. Earlier this year, Meltzer also published Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music, which in addition to the Riot Grrl Movement follows the broader empowerment of women in music, from the Indigo Girls to Brittany Spears.
Later this year, Sara Marcus will be publishing Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution. The former politics editor of Heeb Magazine and regular contributor to Time Out New York, Slate.com, and Utne Reader, Marcus grew up in the DC scene and tells the story of how enthusiastic and informed young women across the country shattered the Slacker stereotype of Generation X.
In cities across the country, there are younger bands that have incorporated the Riot Grrrl influence deep into their core. Locally in the Bay Area, bands like Sourpatch, Fleabag, The Super Cutes, and Bam Bam are carrying the torch high.
Girls Get Busy!
Check out this great interview with Jesse Michaels by Jon Reiss at Jewcy Dot Com. Jesse and Jon discuss everything from Jesse's childhood to his days in Operation Ivy and Common Rider to the more recent adventures in his current band, Classics of Love.
TAKE A LOOK!