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Music, All Shook Down Taylor Swift and Katy Perry Have Beef. Don't Worry: Next Week It'll Be Two Other Ladies...

Taylor Swift and Katy Perry Have Beef. Don't Worry: Next Week It'll Be Two Other Ladies...

Yesterday, many many music and entertainment news shows and websites reported a brand new feud between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. The story started with comments that Swift made in this month's Rolling Stone, where she cryptically talked about…
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Music, All Shook Down 5 Reasons a Miley Cyrus-Kathleen Hanna Collaboration Would Be Awesome

5 Reasons a Miley Cyrus-Kathleen Hanna Collaboration Would Be Awesome

Last week, prolific Instagramer Miley Cyrus, interrupted her steady stream of dog photos and mouth close-ups to post — out of nowhere — two photos of Bikini Kill-era Kathleen Hanna, with the headings "Coolest ever" and "Fuck yeah." The…
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Music, Hidden Agenda The Pussy Riot Appeal

The Pussy Riot Appeal

At a Noise Pop performance last year, DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith donned a now-culturally loaded sartorial accessory: the neon balaclava. The Russian performance art group Pussy Riot and its signature headgear are all over American rock music and culture, whether…
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Film, "The Punk Singer": The Rrrise of a Riot Grrrl

"The Punk Singer": The Rrrise of a Riot Grrrl

"Somebody had to be Bikini Kill," says a professor in Sini Anderson's documentary, "or else we all would have starved to death, culturally." Well, somebody was! And here we are, culturally alive! Sort of. Somebody else had to get it…
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Music, All Shook Down Hidden Agenda: Under-the-Radar Shows and Events by Tony Molina, Erin Allen, Screature, and More

Hidden Agenda: Under-the-Radar Shows and Events by Tony Molina, Erin Allen, Screature, and More

[Professional publicists ceaselessly implore writers to preview shows, but often the most worthy events lack such luxuries. The Bay Area is both actively producing and attracting experimentalists, multimedia performance spectacles, cult punk rituals and innovative anti-socials with no capacity for…
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Music, All Shook Down Kathleen Hanna on Surviving Lyme Disease and Starting Her New Band, the Julie Ruin

Kathleen Hanna on Surviving Lyme Disease and Starting Her New Band, the Julie Ruin

It's tempting to call Kathleen Hanna, face of the Riot Grrl movement, an icon for "a certain generation," but it's really not true. An informal survey of teenage girls suggests that, amongst a certain crowd, the process of discovering Bikini…
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Calendar, Night&Day Feminists in Machismo-Land

Feminists in Machismo-Land

It’s not uncommon for girls to grow bored with a male-dominated music scene, which is why some choose to grab it by the plums -— Kathleen Hanna, anyone? It’s no different for Mexican feminist punk band Las Ultrasonicas, who most…
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Music, Kind of Blue

Kind of Blue

On Oct. 29, I interviewed Johanna Fateman of Le Tigre in a big, new world of possibilities, a world that was anxious but hopeful for the lives of U.S. soldiers and Iraqis, for a woman's right to choose, for everyone's…
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Music, House of Tudor

House Of Tudor

Secret South is the fateful, disquieting fulfillment of the promise 16 Horsepower tendered on its first two releases, Sackcloth 'n' Ashes and Low Estate. On Sackcloth, we were witness to the emergence of a new Southern Gothic voice, the son…
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