Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Julie Ruin at House of Vans

After an ongoing bout with Lyme disease temporarily grounded punk legend Kathleen Hanna (also of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre), her latest band Julie Ruin had to go into hiatus last year, cancelling a tour.  Just before that, they did a great show in Asbury Park NJ in April 2014 though- you can see photos and videos that I took from the show at TheBlot's tumblr site.

Now ready to return to the tour circuit, Hanna and Ruin played at House of Van's Almost Summer Series in Brooklyn this past Saturday with impressive L.A. grrl punks Bleached.

As for Julie Ruin, Hanna was in even better form than last summer, telling that the crowd that she still felt young at 46 years old.  She proved it too- she's a great stage presence, a great band leader, a rock star if you will, full of energy, dynamics, fun (joshing with keysman Kenny Mellman throughout the show) and abandon.  Later, she was joking that she was sweating through her silver outfit with the word "slut" on her stomach now smeared (a nod back to her Bikini Kill days).  "We loved you Kathleen!" girls from the audience kept shouting at the end of each song, speaking for all of us there.

Along with an upcoming European tour, Hanna also shared the good news that the band is working on material for a new album.

See photos and videos from the Brooklyn show below.



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