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September 11, 2013 at 2:15 PM

On the mend, Kathleen Hanna returns with The Julie Ruin | Concert preview

(Shervin Lainez)

The Julie Ruin — with Kathleen Hanna, at center — plays Neumos in Seattle Sunday. Photo by Shervin Lainez.

“There’s still a lot to say.”

Though The Julie Ruin keyboardist Kenny Mellman delivers this particular line — on “Kids In NY,” from the group’s debut, “Run Fast” — it aptly describes where his iconic bandmate, Kathleen Hanna, is currently at.

Having been diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in 2010, Hanna — best known as the voice and face of Olympia riot-grrrl trailblazers Bikini Kill, then NYC’s electro-pop Le Tigre — wasn’t sure she’d get the chance.

Thankfully, after nine uncharacteristically quiet years, Hanna is managing her illness and fronting TJR alongside Mellman, guitarist Sara Landeau, drummer Carmine Covelli and ex-BK bassist Kathi Wilcox — and on “Run,” she stomps, swaggers and screams her way through 13 tracks that confidently fuse punk, soul and new-wave aesthetics.

At 45, Hanna has more to communicate than ever.

The Julie Ruin, La Sera
8 p.m. Sunday at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $15 (206-709-9467 or www.neumos.com).

Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Kathleen Hanna, Olympia, riot-grrrl


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