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Visions and Voices

  • The Julie Ruin
    With Sex Stains

    Visions and Voices


    Join us for a riotously entertaining, politically provocative evening with punk-feminist icon Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre) and her new band, The Julie Ruin, whose music is raw, soulful and incredibly danceable.

    Join us for a riotously entertaining, politically provocative and infectiously danceable evening with punk-feminist icon Kathleen Hanna and her new band, The Julie Ruin. Opening the show is the Los Angeles–based band Sex Stains featuring Allison Wolfe.

    Check out The Julie Ruin’s music videos here!

    About the Artists:

    Kathleen Hanna is a New York City–based artist best known for her groundbreaking performances in the bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. She currently gives lectures and performs with her new band The Julie Ruin. At a young age, Hanna became interested in feminist literature and thought, which inspired much of her own poetry and songwriting. Her band Bikini Kill was a seminal part of the 1990s underground feminist punk movement known as riot grrrl, which combined music, zines, art and activism. As one of the most prominent artists associated with riot grrrl, Hanna is considered an icon in feminism and punk, and is the subject of the powerful documentary film The Punk Singer (2013).

    The Julie Ruin—In 1997, while on break from her groundbreaking riot grrrl band Bikini Kill, Kathleen Hanna wrote and produced a solo record under the pseudonym Julie Ruin. The album is considered a classic of subversive pop. Years later, in the process of attempting to re-record the Julie Ruin songs with a full band, Hanna ended up creating new songs, and a new band, The Julie Ruin. In 2013, they released the acclaimed album Run Fast, described as a “grown-and-sexy new wave dance party” by Spin magazine. The band features bassist Kathi Wilcox who was in the bands Bikini Kill, the Casual Dots and the Frumpies. Keyboardist Kenny Mellman is the co-creator of the Tony-nominated cabaret act Kiki and Herb and has performed internationally. Drummer Carmine Covelli is a performer, musician and filmmaker who has worked with choreographer Adrienne Truscott, performance artist Neal Medlyn and cabaret artist Bridget Everett. Guitarist Sara Landeau is the founder of the Brooklyn Guitar & Drum Studio for Women & Girls.

    Sex Stains, formed in early 2014, is a Los Angeles quintet comprised of stalwart members of the punk and indie underground. Lead vocalist Allison Wolfe was part of first generation riot grrrl bands Bratmobile and Cold Cold Hearts, both on the underground label Kill Rock Stars. Lead vocalist Mecca Vazie Andrews is a well-known choreographer and the artistic director of “The MOVEMENT movement,” and has worked with artists such as Daft Punk, Toro y Moi, Marina Abramović and Liz Glynn. On drums is David Orlando, who was the original drummer of Warpaint and is the head DJ for L.A. clubs Dub Club and Punky Reggae Party. Guitarist Sharif Dumani played with Atlanta soul man Cody Chesnutt and his Headphone Masterpiece band. Puerto Rico transplant Pachy Garcia (Prettiest Eyes) rounds out the sound on bass guitar. Pulling from late ’70s and early ’80s post-punk, Sex Stains's music spans catchy punk, dance rhythms, angular guitar sounds and cacophony.

    Additional links:
    The Julie Ruin Twitter
    Kathleen Hanna Twitter
    Kenny Mellman Twitter
    Carmine Covelli Twitter
    Sara Landeau BlogTwitter
    Sex Stains ElloInstagram

    Related Event:
    The Punk Singer
    Sunday, November 2, 6 p.m.
    The Ray Stark Family Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts 108
    For more info, click here.

    Organized by A.L. Steiner and Jennifer West (Art and Design).

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)
    University Park Campus

    Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP at the links below beginning Friday, October 3, at 9 a.m.

    USC Students, Staff and Faculty: To RSVP, click here.
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    General Public: To RSVP, click here.