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SXSW 2009 ARTIST ALERT: Vivian Girls

Lyndsey Parker
Maximum Performance

Hey kids, remember the alt-rockin',grrrl-powered 1990s, when fierce female bands like Bikini Kill, Babes InToyland, Huggy Bear, Sleater-Kinney, the Red Aunts, L7, Hole, and Veruca Salt screamedand shouted and smashed it up as noisily and attitudinally as the boys?

Well, I do, and so do Brooklyn garage rockers Vivian Girls, whocame to South By Southwest this year to play 18 shows (yes, you read thatright: EIGHTEEN) and refresh everyone'smemory of that awesome, estrogen-fueled era.

How many all-boy bands are brave enough to play 18 gigs infour days, and would look as good doing it?

The Vivian Girls were indeed looking good, and soundinggood, Thursday afternoon, when they played the Urban Outfitters Backlot party.There, in exchange for their rocking services, they were handsomely rewarded with theadoration of a packed tent's worth of sweaty but well-dressed fans, plus a fabulous Urban Outfitters shoppingspree. (My attempt to tag along on this spree as the "fourth Vivian Girl" didn't quite work out; oh well.)

Here are the Vivian Girls chatting outside the store rightbefore their gig, proving that a good rockin'attitude never goes out of fashion, regardless of decade or gender:

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