Babes in Toyland
A City Pages cover story from June detailed how Babes in Toyland's fierce resolve, combined with curious funding from former Google execs, resurrected the Twin Cities grunge-punk legends. The heyday lineup of Lori Barbero, Kat Bjelland, and Maureen Herman stormed the Rock the Garden stage for their homecoming gig in June, one that surely scared the bejesus out of at least a few public radio listeners in attendance. That pummeling, triumphant set was marked by more than a few technical hiccups and tears, but the bludgeoning performance proved Babes are vital and volatile as ever. After the band hit the festival circuit, she-said-she-said infighting sent Herman packing in August, opening up bass duties for 23-year-old local Clara Salyer. That reformed Babes lineup took a stumbling, trashing January victory lap through First Avenue, capping 12 months of a very welcome return from the rock 'n' roll crypt.