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In recent years, the Vans Warped Tour has included a Ladies Lounge table/tent, a small homage to female alt-rock culture at an event overflowing with male aggression. This year, in recognition of the growing popularity of Ladies Lounge, Warped Tour organizers have fashioned the Girlz Garage Tour, a snotty, high-decibel answer to Lillith Fair.

Headlining the tour is Lillix, a young Canadian punk-pop quartet with a penchant for '80s covers and TV show themes. After earning modest attention for updating the Romantics' "What I Like About You" (for a WB series of the same name), the group agreed to take on the Go-Go's' "This Town," for the MTV show, Rich Girls. Clearly eying mainstream acceptance, this group employed such fingers-on-the-pulse hitmakers as the Matrix and Linda Perry for its Maverick Records debut album, Falling Uphill.

with Lillix, Brassy, the Start, Lennon
Saturday, November 1
Stubb's BBQ
801 Red River, Austin
(512) 480-8341
Complementing Lillix's three-chord commerciality will be Lennon, a DIY confessional troubadour from Nashville; Brassy, a band which includes Jon Spencer's kid sister, Muffin; and the Start, an LA band of guys, fronted by female singer Aimee Echo.

The Girlz Garage Tour is neither the most cutting-edge nor commercially potent assemblage of women who rock that could ever be devised, but it should provide an intriguing combination of women on the verge of some kind of breakthrough. •



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