A multi-faceted punk legend makes a last-minute stop in Madison. Info
Alice Bag, given name Alicia Armendariz, is perhaps most well-known as the front person of the late-1970s band The Bags (so named for their early habit of performing with paper grocery bags on their heads), a short-lived but seminal outfit in the first wave of L.A. punk alongside bands like Circle Jerks, Black Flag, and X. The radical, no-shit-taking Chicana performer has been in a slew of other punk feminist bands, including the glammy and gothy six-woman outfit Castration Squad, who drew inspiration from Valerie Solanas' SCUM Manifesto, the concept band Cholita, The Female Menudo! led by performance drag queen Vaginal Davis, the Chicana trio Las Tres, and the satiric Stay At Home Bomb.
Bag's spent some creative energy in the last decade releasing two memoirs examining her upbringing and her time spent in Nicaragua during the Sandinista Revolution, 2011's Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage To Hollywood Stage: A Chicana Punk Story and 2015's Pipe Bomb For The Soul. But recently Bag's performing off two solo records that have just been released in the past two years, both on Don Giovanni Records. This year's Blueprint is an outspoken album that also manages to remain sonically upbeat, with the help of an all-star cast of feminist punk icons: Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill/ The Julie Ruin), Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile), Teri Gender Bender (Bosnian Rainbows/Le Butcherettes), as well as Chilean poet Francisca Valenzuela. Expect less gritty punk and more catchy, driving, in-your-face riffs underpinning lyrics that protest injustices ("77," "White Justice") and offer confidence-inspiring calls to action ("Shame Game," "Se Cree Joven"). Madison hardcore band Black Cat, billed for this show under the moniker Gatos Negros, open things up with a defiant energy of their own. —Chali Pittman