Bikini Kill at Franklin Music Hall 4/7/23
words & photos: Paul Havelin
As much as things have changed in the 30 years since Bikini Kill released their seminal full length "Pussy Whipped" (Kill Rock Stars), the more they've stayed the same. Their music is as relevant as ever, addressing issues of feminism, sexism & inclusivity, and giving a voice to and empowering those who feel marginalized or undermined. After two years of postponements, the punk legends finally played Philadelphia (for the first time since 1994) to a capacity crowd at Franklin Music Hall. Fronted by Kathleen Hannah, along with founding members Tobi Vail (drums & vocals) and Kathi Wilcox (bass, guitar, drums) plus guitarist Erica Dawn Lyle, the quartet blazed through a 25-song set that pulled from all of their releases and had the overly enthusiastic (and multi-generationally mixed crowd) dancing and screaming along to Riot Grrrl anthems. The tour continues through the end of April with no other dates announced at this time, so catch this while you can.