"I can't believe how many people seem to have a problem with that," said Raidt, co-organizer of what looks to be a highly entertaining night of songs originated by female artists -- just not entirely sung by female artists.
"It's just as sexist to think that the only musicians inspired by women in rock are other female musicians."
Named after a Radio K show that Raidt co-hosted in 2010-11, Girl Germs evolved into a podcast and then a music blog last year, the latter a collaboration with City Pages and Vita.mn music scribe
Just as plenty of women rockers take part in those events, Friday's concert will feature such Y-chromosomed acts as the reverberating power trio Fury Things, playing a set of Hole tunes; dance-pop duo Strange Names, covering the B-52's, and -- a surprise on several fronts-- psychedelic twangers Night Moves interpreting the Cranberries. "That was a curveball to us, too," Raidt said.
Of course, there's also a heavy female contingent on the lineup, with Pink Mink (doing Bikini Kill covers), L'Assassins (covering British garage-punks Thee Headcoatees), the two "Crystals" of Brute Heart (SadÉ) and
"I think it's a really fun mix, whatever the gender of the bands," said Raidt, who also co-organized the mostly all-female Girls Got Rhythm festival (on hold after two well-received but under-attended years). Having the boys aboard also means "we'll have a lot more bands to choose from in the future."
You can read interviews with each band about their respective tributes at GirlGermsMpls.com.
Closing time at
Saturday will be the last night for at least two months to take in a show at the
Following First Avenue's purchase of the club late last year,
How fitting that the last show for now should be a musician from the neighborhood, Mayda, who is celebrating her new album, "Busy Signals, pt. 1." The record follows the singer's remarkable trip last year to meet her birth parents in
Funny, true story: A promising young rapper walked into the Triple Rock and asked if he could host a party there on
About as new as new-talent showcases get, the Triple Rock on Friday hosts the 10th and final installment of the Six Months to Live series, in which semi-amateur musicians hook up blind-date-like to rehearse for a half-year to only play one gig (
Girl Germs participants Fury Things just dropped a strong new 7-inch, led by the perfectly timed single "Leave Winter Behind" and available via their Bandcamp Web page. ... Guitarist
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