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Revolution Girl Style Now (and Back Then)!

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Maybe LAist should forgive the punk rock beer gut boys who, after watching a documentary in which girls talked about the frustrations of being in the scene and having to stand in the back while tall boys with greasy long hair crowded the stage in their aggro immature style, packed in in front of Mika Miko during the reception. At least they took the time to come to see the flick. Maybe not. Coming to a film based on these Bikini Kill lyrics and then being an inconsiderate doof is just not cool. Boys are poop, sometimes.

Don't Need You, part of the AFI Music Documentary Series (our favorite of the many AFI projects at the Arclight every year), is a far too short 40 minute look back at the rise of the Riot Grrrl movement in the early nineties. A low-budget labor of love for director Kerri Koch, it does a very good job of capturing the feel and energy of the time and serves as a reminder for the ladies who created and participated in that scene that, despite the bitter aftertaste, there was so much good that came out of it.

The after party featured the coolest DJ rocking a cigarette, rhinestone studded headphones and a blazer over her blouse. She spun old and new riot grrrl style tracks before local punk rock outfit Mika Miko played a short 4 or 5 song set of their energetic nu-wave. Mika Miko plays again this weekend at Pitzer College for Kohoutek 2005.

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Kerri Koch's next project is a documentary about Latino and Hispanic Morrissey fans.

We can't wait.

You can also check out our photos from the reception.