This is what you need to do, if you haven’t already: See the documentary L7: Pretend We’re Dead. It’s education time. It’s a live wire. It’s a frenzy. And someone may or may not have been attacked by a poodle, I don’t know, but…
L7 is also living proof that you can have it all – as in punk, rock, metal, noise, pop and all elements in between. You can do whatever the hell you want, and sing about it loudly. At the top of your lungs. Without censoring yourself for the sake of societal expectations dictated by gender. Founded in 1985 by Donita Sparks and Suzi Gardner, L7 withstood the challenges and ridiculousness of the music industry. And at one point, at the insistence of their fans, they returned from an indefinite hiatus to sell out shows around the world.
Don’t leave the earplugs at home. L7 plays tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the outside stage. Doors at 6:30 p.m., and Le Butcherettes open the show. Ruthless and very recommended.
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