For a minute it felt like the height of feminist music had gone out with the printed zine, but bless, it’s back in a major way. The mayor of Boston recently declared an official Riot Grrrl Day (injuring several MRAs in the process); Jessica Hopper just released her first book, aptly titled The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic; even the world’s biggest pop stars, including Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, and Beyonce, proudly use the F word with abandon.
It certainly doesn’t hurt that the trailblazing woman-powered bands of the ’90s and early aughts have reappeared in recent years. There have been some smaller teases, such as Courtney Love musing about jams with the original Hole lineup, Jack Off Jill planning a one-off gig this month, TLC launching a Kickstarter for a new album, and even the Spice Girls rumoured for a 20th anniversary reunion next year. Better still are all the other bands officially making a go of it once more.
Check out our gallery above for the list of bands we’re most psyched to see again.