Violent Femmes

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Violent Femmes
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Formed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1980, quirky punk rock trio the Violent Femmes were forbearers of the alternative rock movement who found mainstream acclaim. The group disbanded in 2009 after bassist Brian Ritchie lambasted frontman Gordon Gano for authorizing the use of "Blister in the Sun" in a Wendy's commercial. The pair settled their differences in 2012, reuniting at Coachella and later appearing at Riot Fest in Chicago. Here, the group plays a special concert benefitting the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

By: Zach Long


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