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L7: Pretend We're Dead + The Smart Studios Story

  • Barrymore 2090 Atwood Avenue Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

This double-feature screening also celebrates a new compilation honoring Smart Studios. Info/tix

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Sarah Price's 2016 documentary L7: Pretend We're Dead chronicles the music, mischievous antics, legacy, and struggles of one of the most influential punk bands of the late '80s and early '90s. L7 wrote unapologetically gritty but catchy songs, and pushed their music in a defiantly feminist direction, with efforts that included organizing the abortion-rights benefit Rock for Choice. There's also a Madison connection to the band's story: L7 recorded some of its third album, 1992's Bricks Are Heavy, at Smart Studios with producer Butch Vig. At this double feature, Pretend We're Dead will screen alongside The Smart Studios Story, Madison filmmaker Wendy Schneider's 2016 documentary about the now-defunct east-side recording studio. The event also coincides with the recent release of American Noise Vol. 2, part of a compilation series that celebrates music recorded at Smart. Released in partnership with Madison-based punk label Dirtnap Records, American Noise Vol. 2 offers a cross-section heavy on the noise-rock, punk, and grunge outfits that recorded at Smart during the '80s and '90s, with tracks from artists including Die Kreuzen, The Crucifucks, and Tad. —Scott Gordon

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