The Cell Phones @ Magnolia Bar

Thursday, Oct. 25

Magnolia Bar
1398 S. Second St.
$5; 10 p.m.

The 21st century might turn out to be the one where women begin achieving something like true equality. If that’s going to happen, we’re going to need a lot more school-age girls to pick up an instrument and lay waste to the Maroon 5 and Third Eye Blind d-bag brigades who have gutted the soul of rock ’n’ roll. It’s a shame that we even still need to discuss this in gender terms, but blazing female-centric bands like Chicago’s The Cell Phones and Louisville’s She Might Bite are still the exception in rock. They’re certainly not without precedent; The Cell Phones’ latest EP, Hospital Spaceship, sparks memories of some earlier examples of women kicking it better, like ESG and Sleater-Kinney — and includes a musically skilled anti-tribute to convicted lady-killing producer Phil Spector. —Peter Berkowitz

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