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The Julie Ruin


The Showbox Downtown
Sat., Oct. 8, 9 p.m. 2016 All Ages


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New York agit-pop quintet the Julie Ruin are the realization of an impossible scenario: What if a post-punk singer like Ari Up had fronted a girl group like the Shangri-Las? The outcome might have resembled the perceptive party music on Hit Reset, their second full-length (not counting bandleader Kathleen Hanna’s 1998 solo debut as Julie Ruin). As a singer, Hanna does most everything except sing: She murmurs, shouts, speaks in tongues—whatever fits the song. It’s a style that served her well in Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, but she’s never collaborated with players this versatile before, especially keyboard player and comic foil Kenny Mellman (of Kiki and Herb), who illuminates the proceedings with space-age squiggles, elegant arabesques, and an occasional shout of his own. KATHY FENNESSY

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1426 First Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

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  • Sat., Oct. 8, 9 p.m. 2016