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Photos: The Julie Ruin and Swearin’ played Union Transfer

The Julie Ruin | Photos by Darragh Dandurand Friedman |  darraghdf.wordpress.com
The Julie Ruin | Photos by Darragh Dandurand Friedman | darraghdf.wordpress.com

All photos by Darragh Dandurand Friedman | darraghdf.wordpress.com

Last night The Julie Ruin made its Philadelphia debut in a headlining set at Union Transfer. The band, fronted by Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre fame, released its long-in-the-works debut LP Run Fast on Tuesday via Dischord Records. Joining them was West Philly garage rock out Swearin’; check out photos of the show in the gallery below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cold Fronts at Johnny Brenda’s, The Julie Ruin at Union Transfer

ColdfrontsPhilly-based rock band Cold Fronts are bringing their raw sound to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. It’s the kickoff of their fall tour with DRGN King, and we can expect some new music in the mix; including “Sum Grls,” the single they premiered on WXPN Tuesday night. Watch the four-piece perform the new song live below. Find tickets and more information about the 21+ show here.

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Listen to The Julie Ruin’s debut LP Run Fast via NPR Music First Listen (playing Union Transfer on 9/5)

Thejulieruin_wide-1c0e3e073287214f2e35b1c8eedac403bdd3e3a7-s40-c85After breaking ground and coining the Riot Grrrl label in the 90s with feminist punk outfit Bikini Kill, and going on to defy expectations in the aughts with socially conscious dance-pop trio Le Tigre, Kathleen Hanna returns to the spotlight in a new decade with The Julie Ruin. The five-piece is about to release its debut LP Run Fast, and it’s an amalgamation not just of the styles Hanna has dabbled in, but also underground music culture of the past three decades. The record is streaming this week via NPR Music’s First Listen series, and NPR’s Ann Powers writes that it “connects the dots of Hanna’s long career”:

You can hear The B-52′s in the anti-gentrification rant “Kids in NY,” and X-Ray Spex in the musical manifesto “Oh Come On.” Hanna gets tender, too, in “Just My Kind,” a love song to her Beastie Boy husband Adam Horovitz that evokes younger female bedroom auteurs like Waxahatchee. Best of all is “Cookie Road,” which could be a rejoinder to the Beasties’ prankish early song “Cookie Puss,” this time with aggressive, joyful female ambition as its subject and engine.

Listen to The Julie Ruin’s Run Fast here. The band makes its Philadelphia debut at Union Transfer on Thursday, September 5th; tickets and information can be found here. Below, get a taste of what’s in store via the band’s official album teaser video.

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Watch The Julie Ruin rock out with their name in lights (playing Union Transfer on 9/5)

the-julie-ruin-e1356717249669Prime riot grrrl leader Kathleen Hanna (former singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre) tears up the stage in The Julie Ruin’s new video for “Oh Come On.” Previewing their latest album, Run Fast, the punk rock thrash-beat band backs her up in a white room flashing their name in lights. Their album debuts on September 3rd, and The Julie Ruin will be coming to the Union Transfer September 5th. For more information and tickets about the show, click here. Watch the aggressively and lively music video for “Oh Come On” below.

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Kathleen Hanna’s The Julie Ruin announces US tour dates (playing Union Transfer 9/5)

the-julie-ruin-e1356717249669The Julie Ruin, the project of riot grrrl pioneer, Kathleen Hanna, is gearing up for a busy September. The group’s full-length debut, Run Fast, is due out this Fall via their own, TJR Records, and will feature previously released tracks “Girls Like Us” and the single “Come On.” In addition to that, Hanna has now announced that in support of that album, The Julie Ruin will play a string of US dates starting this September, following Run Fast‘s release. The short, nationwide tour, the first ever for the band, includes a Philly stop on September 5th, for a show at Union Transfer. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 28th at noon. Find more info here, and check out the single “Come On”, below.

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