A night of queer and riot-grrl-rooted punk. info/tix
The last time I saw Minneapolis-based trio Kitten Forever in Madison, the audience at the front of the stage could possibly have been heeding the '90s riot grrl scene call of "girls to the front"—and a few rabble-rousing dudes quickly got the cue that this was not the place to start a pit. But now, just as feminism has progressed past its Second Wave, Kitten Forever evince a spirit of grown-up riot grrrl. Members Corrie Harrigan, Laura Larson, and Liz Elton are cool and collected in between chaotic songs, swapping instruments and taking turns playing bass, drums, and vocals on energetic, two or three-minute songs . The three are touring behind their album Semi-Permanent, released earlier this year, which features lyrics—delivered through a landline telephone receiver to create a compressed, noisy sound—that are frequently in the first person, lots of me/we/you statements, peeking into mental narratives and delving into relationships or vivid scenes.
As Gender Confetti, Madisonians Sylvia Johnson (of Midas Bison) and Elyse Clouthier (of Clean Room and Lurk Hards) interweave punchy, staccato riffs with radical lyrics on themes like gender identity ("We are gender deviants/ So let's all unify") and anti-capitalism ("Let's pave a new road / Collectivize our forces"), with some quality stage banter about queer experiences in between songs. Expect a space that will be sober and the show to start on time, and an inclusive environment where anyone can stand at the front, and you can let your freak flag fly, just like the usual scarf that's tied to Johnson's guitar when they play. —Chali Pittman