Don't Break Down: A Film About Jawbreaker; L7: Pretend We're Dead | Motorco Music Hall | Screen: Special Showings | Indy Week
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Don't Break Down: A Film About Jawbreaker; L7: Pretend We're Dead 

When: Sun., Dec. 10, 5:30 p.m. 2017
Price: $8-$10

This two-documentary bill at Motorco is a capsule of a time when punk music met the mainstream, producing great successes, spectacular failures, and widespread identity crises. The phenomenon that became known as grunge was dominated by sad men who did too many drugs to have much sex, which makes the all-female band L7 especially notable as grunge pioneers. After their early career seeded the riot grrrl movement, their ferocious early-nineties albums, such as Hungry for Stink, propelled them to Lollapalooza stages. (And they weren't shy about reproductive functions; singer Donita Sparks famously removed her tampon onstage in England and threw it at some unruly fans.) Around the same time in Los Angeles, while people were still trying to figure out what "emo" was, besides an insult hurled at strangely sensitive punk bands, Jawbreaker was recording what are still some of the most revered emocore albums ever, hurtling toward their career-crowning and coffin-nailing major-label swan song, Dear You. Now, underground and mainstream divisions mean much less. But here's a snapshot of the last moments when the difference had meaning and so many bands crashed trying to ride out the sea change. —Brian Howe

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