From Dead Kennedys to Death Angel: The one hundred and first LA Weekly playlist, reviewing the musicians that we’ve been writing about all week, is live now. There’s electronic music from Conro, hip-hop from Doechii, punk from the Dead Kennedys and Bikini Kill, metal from Sepultura and Testament, and so much more.

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Bikini Kill is Back Because We Need Them

Bikini Kill (Dean Keim)

From Dead Kennedys to Death Angel

Also this week:

Kathleen Hanna of print stars Bikini Kill told us that, “When Bikini Kill played in the ‘90s, there was a lot of violence and aggression towards us, and there were also a lot of people who loved us and were very supportive. It’s really amazing for me to come back as a singer so many years later and get so much love and positivity. I think people don’t realize that we weren’t a popular band – Bikini Kill was a very niche thing. People either really loved us or wanted to literally kill us. There were a lot of ‘you guys don’t even deserve to exist,’ kind of sentiment. So to come back and be like, we do deserve to exist and actually, these songs – sadly, sadly, sadly, sadly – are feeling more relevant now than they did then. It’s great that I feel like singing the songs again when I didn’t feel like singing them for 20 years, but jeez, I would rather that the world was a better place. I wish I could sing about flowers.”

In “Not Another DJ,” Conro said, “Around grade 11-12 I wrote and recorded an acoustic/folk type album and played in some bands until around 2010. Then I started focusing very seriously when I release my first record in 2012. I just loved writing and recording and focused all my attention on that.”

 

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