The seminal band of the '90s feminist punk movement known as riot grrrl (the three r's are mandatory), the fearsome foursome of singer Kathleen Hanna, bassist Kathi Wilcox, drummer Tobi Vail, and guitarist Billy Karren led the charge against the ingrown sexism of punk and DIY culture, first in the bandmates' hometown of Olympia, Washington, and then around the world. Songs such as "Rebel Girl" and "I Like Fucking" displayed their militant, angry feminism for all to see, but backlash from the media and the co-oping of their radical message by the likes of the Spice Girls and others led the members to call it quits and move on to bands such as Le Tigre and the Julie Ruin.
Fortunately, Bikini Kill's message of female political power resonates today. The bandmates reunited last year for a series of sold-out shows in New York, Los Angeles, London, and a headline set at Chicago's Riot Fest (Billy Karren was replaced by Erica Dawn Lyle on guitar, while Hanna, Wilcox, and Vail remain).
Now, thanks to the folks at Sweat Records — a proudly female-owned record shop, by the way — Bikini Kill will play two back-to-back performances in Miami this September. The concerts are scheduled to happen the weekend of September 12. Tickets for both shows will be available via Eventbrite beginning at 11 a.m. EST this Friday. According to Bikini Kill's official tour itinerary, a fan presale will begin at 11 a.m. this Thursday.
Check out this excellent poster by artist Brian Butler, and prepare for Revolution Girl Style — in a few months.
September 12 - Miami, FL @ the Ground
September 13 - Miami, FL @ the Ground
September 15 - Orlando, FL @ the Plaza Live
September 16 - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
September 18 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
September 19 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater
September 20 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
September 22 - Knoxville, TN @ the Mill & Mine
September 23 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
September 26 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
September 27 - Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
October 21 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Bikini Kill. Saturday, September 12, and Sunday, September 13, at the Ground, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-375-0001; thegroundmiami.com. Tickets will be available via eventbrite.com beginning Friday, February 28.