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Ex–Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna here sports an agenda so demanding that the music must also freshen itself at every turn. Second albums are notoriously difficult because artists must evolve beyond their initial energy. Le Tigre’s second album, 2001’s Feminist Sweepstakes, pushes the drum machine up in the mix, while the trio extend their creative reach where most punk bands merely turn up the amps in times of crisis. “Fake French” nearly channels “Hot Stuff” by the Rolling Stones, while “On Guard” uses Poly Styrene–styled shrieks to prove Hanna can’t mellow out. As long as ideas keep her awake, the band know to follow.


Formed: 1999

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Originally conceived as the live backing band for her Julie Ruin solo project, Bikini Kill founder and quintessential riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna formed Le Tigre, another bold, feminist-oriented trio, with filmmaker Sadie Benning and zine creator Johanna Fateman in 1998. Borrowing a page from Hanna's Julie Ruin output, Le Tigre mixed punk's directness and politics with playful samples, eclectic pop, and lo-fi electronics. The group also added multimedia and performance art elements to their live shows,...
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