[Cover photo credit to Leeta Harding]
Le Tigre, comprised of Kathleen Hanna, JD Samson, and Johanna Fateman, will kick off their first tour in 18 years next month, bringing their experimental post-riot grrrl approach and conceptual multimedia performance to stages around the world. The trio will kick off their North American leg at the John Waters-hosted Mosswood Meltdown Festival followed by appearances in Seattle, Los Angeles, Portland, NYC, Chicago, Boston and more.
The band has recently announced a substantial lineup of support acts including: Shamir, Morgan and the Organ Donors, Claud, Big Joanie, MAN ON MAN, Chicks on Speed, Pom Pom Squad, Dream Wife, Problem Patterns, Who is She?, Erin Markey, cumgirl8, Morgan Bassichis.
Le Tigre formed in New York City in 1999, abandoning traditional Punk instrumentation, pairing drum-machine beats and looped 8-bit samples with simple guitar riffs and call-and-response vocals. Kathleen Hanna was best known as the singer of Bikini Kill where she delivered intense vocals. “Deceptacon” was the lead track of Le Tigre’s debut. Their work was later called music “for the party after the protest.”
The members of Le Tigre shared a vision for multimedia performance, touring with a slide projector in their early days, with video later becoming a key component of their live show. The band’s final show, until their reunion performance for the This Ain’t No Picnic festival at the Rose Bowl in August 2022, was on September 24, 2005, at the Operation Ceasefire concert at Washington Monument in Washington DC, where they joined a coalition of artists calling for an end to the U.S. war in Iraq.
Recently, Kathleen Hannah has been touring with Bikini Kill, running Tees 4 Togo (which sells artist-designed T-shirts to fund the non-profit organization Peace Sisters), and writing a book. JD Sampson has a full-time teaching position (as Assistant Arts Professor and Area Head of Performance at The Clive Davis Institute at NYU/Tisch), performs with CRICKETS, and tours with the original live score for the film 32 Sounds, directed by Sam Green. Johanna Fateman is an author and art critic who writes regularly for the “Goings on About Town” section of the New Yorker and for 4Columns; she is a contributing editor of Artforum.
Le Tigre Tour Dates
5/27: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer w/ Shamir (SOLD OUT)
6/1: Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound Barcelona 2023
6/3: London, UK @ Troxy w/ Dream Wife
6/5: Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall w/ Problem Patterns
6/6: Glasgow, Scotland @ Barrowland Ballroom w/ Problem Patterns
6/8: Madrid, Spain @ Primavera Sound Madrid 2023
6/9: Porto, Portugal @ Nos Primavera Sound Porto 2023
6/11: Paris, France @ Le Trianon w/ Big Joanie (SOLD OUT)
6/14: Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso w/ Chicks on Speed
6/16: Berlin, Germany @ Huxleys Neue Welt w/ Chicks on Speed
6/17: Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle w/ Chicks on Speed
7/1: Oakland, CA @ Mosswood Meltdown Festival
7/3: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom w/ Who is She? (SOLD OUT)
7/4: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom w/ Who is She?
7/6: Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre w/ Who is She?
7/7: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater w/ Morgan and the Organ Donors (SOLD OUT)
7/9: Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre w/ Claud
7/15: Chicago, IL @ The Salt Shed w/ MAN ON MAN (SOLD OUT)
7/17: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre w/ MAN ON MAN
7/18: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre w/ MAN ON MAN (SOLD OUT)
7/19: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage w/ Erin Markey (SOLD OUT)
7/21: Toronto, ON @ History w/ cumgirl8
7/22: Montreal, QC @ L’Olympia w/ cumgirl8
7/24: Boston, MA @ Royale w/ cumgirl8 (SOLD OUT)
7/25: Boston, MA @ Royale w/ Pom Pom Squad
7/27: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel w/ Morgan Bassichis (SOLD OUT)
7/28: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel w/ Shamir (SOLD OUT)
7/29: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel (SOLD OUT)