As the late 90s’/early aughts continue to gain a wistful rewind in popularity, the return of Le Tigre’s buoyant beats are more needed than ever.
The trio (Kathleen Hanna, JD Samson, and Johanna Fateman), which formed in ‘99 –when bedroom electroclash and dance floor driven indie rock was having a moment– took what was trendy and spun it on its head, infusing the same kind of socially relevant rants heard in Hanna’s seminal “riot grrl” band Bikini Kill, into fresh and arty new material.
The band’s punky rhythms and synthy samples were sonically conceived as the soundtrack “for the party after the protest,” even while lyrically, songs like “Deceptacon,” “Hot Topic,” “TKO” and “Bang Bang” kept much-needed conversations going about queer culture, racism, feminism and more. Decades later, they’re sure to be as fun and fierce as ever live, bringing their collective charisma and signature multimedia elements together to create a movement of bodies and minds that comments on, but also provides a little escape from, our messed up world.
Le Tigre at the Greek: The event takes place at 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 9 at the Greek Theater.
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