By Michael Henningsen
Saturday, Sept. 18; Burt's Tiki Lounge (21 and over, 9 p.m.): It's been two years since Seattle's premier feminist pop-punk band, Ms. Led, released their debut full-length, the incomparable Afternoon in Central Park (Fish the Cat), but it still sounds as fresh as the day it was brewed. Far removed from the whiny-ass, folk-inflected, spoken word-driven “plight of the woman” tomes that litter record store shelves, Afternoon in Central Park is all about fearsome feminism with, for lack of a better word, the “balls” to back it up.
Lesli Wood (a.k.a. Roxy) sings, chants and rages circles around most vocalists—male or female—working the punk scene today, and her power punk trio is as competent as they come, spinning hook-laden melodies atop double-time grooves with real aplomb. If you've got Ms. Led, you don't need Ani DiFranco.
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