Bratmobile was one of the best of the "political" bands the first time around; the 1993 album Pottymouth demands repeated listening for days at a time, as intelligent young people across America discovered at the time -- and the group's EPs were arguably better. The Bratmobile style was superminimal and mock-innocent, with single-note guitar lines and sweetly screamed vocals, and the songs were preposterously catchy. After a heartbreaking mid-'90s fizzle-out, Bratmobile returned last year with Ladies, Women and Girls, an album that adds some raunchy garage-rock chordage to the group's earlier rudimentary style. Those familiar with Bratmobile are no doubt breathlessly awaiting this show -- and everyone else should be.
The Donnas are younger, as the title of their latest album, The Donnas Turn 21, would indicate -- but their musical roots lie further back, in the '70s (Runaways, Ramones, Kiss) and '80s (Poison, Mötley Crüe). Their mixture of smoking-area bad-girl attitude and punky pop-metal is always a helluva lotta fun, and the new record is a particularly catchy serving of postjuvenile delinquency. The single "40 Boys in 40 Nights" is the way pop-metal should have sounded in the first place.Finally, the Mooney Suzuki (pictured) break with the evening's theme by being male, but don't let that put you off: Their soul-soaked '60s rock is steadily driving the whole world apeshit.