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The Julie Ruin

Run Fast

Reviewed by Abby Johnston, Fri., Nov. 8, 2013

The Julie Ruin

The Julie Ruin

Run Fast

Maybe it's her off-kilter scream/singing, but Kathleen Hanna has a way of transporting you right back to where you left off. Derailed by Lyme disease since 2007, she refuels the Julie Ruin banner with an expanded lineup ready to party. Run Fast melanges the hit-and-run brevity of Bikini Kill ("Stop Stop") with synth sparkles lifted from her Le Tigre époque. Though many cuts sound like a caffeinated rehashing of B-sides and rarities, Hanna flashes riot grrrl tenderness in the Sixties pop of "Just My Kind." Then the pedal presses back down against the floor with jubilant, vaudeville piano in "Kids in NY" and the bubblegum snap of "Goodnight Goodbye." Trademark Hanna doubles down as the disc winds down for the semi-spoken word "Girls Like Us," an ode to embracing differences, a message just as therapeutic as when it was screamed in 1997. (Sunday, 3:30pm, Orange stage)

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