Fall is fast approaching and with it comes range of mixed feelings. For some, the turning of the leaves marks the end of summer freedom and the start of yet another school year. For others, autumn signals the end of the August live music drought and the beginning of fall tour season. This fall, some of punk’s leading ladies will be kicking ass and taking names all across the US. Find out when these rebel girls are coming to your town and buy your tickets now or risk a winter full of regret and “I told you sos.”
Shonen Knife – Shonen Knife is your favorite band’s favorite band. Formed in Osaka, Japan in 1981, the punk/power pop trio found fans in Kurt Cobain and the members of Sonic Youth. Their music is influenced by equal parts Ramones and 1960s girl groups. Songs are in both Japanese and English cover topics ranging from love to candy to spam email. They only come to the US every couple of years or so, so don’t miss your chance to see them live! The tour goes through Australia in September and crosses the US throughout October & November. Click here for dates.
The Coathangers - The Coathangers are everything that punk should be— loud, bratty and raw. From the first note of their self-titled debut, it’s evident that the band plays music for the love of it, not for higher aspirations of fame. Their songs range from Kathleen Hannah-style sing-song chants about Tanya Harding to sweetly sung satire of wealthy housewives. This fall, the girls will be hitting up the East Coast and Texas, with some dates in the Midwest and Canada for good measure in support of their second record Scramble, their first release on Suicide Squeeze records. Click here for dates.
Jemina Pearl - Former frontwoman of Tennessee garage punks and Thurston Moore fave Be Your Own Pet, Ms. Pearl has struck out on her own for a string of dates across the US to promote her upcoming solo debut Break It Up. Check out “I Hate People,” her duet with the one and only Iggy Pop. Click here for dates. As an added bonus, Pearl’s former bandmates James and Jamin Orrall’s band JEFF the Brotherhood will be opening for Shonen Knife on some of their US dates.