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November 17, 2000|SUSAN CARPENTER

** 1/2 Bratmobile, "Ladies, Women and Girls," Lookout. On Bratmobile's second full-length record, lead singer Allison Wolfe proves two things: She still can't sing, and she hasn't grown up. That's good news for fans of this Olympia, Wash., trio, which was central to the early-'90s pop-punk Riot Grrrl movement. In 10 years, the other band members have at least learned how to play their instruments, but Wolfe continues to yell, rather than sing, her lyrics about stupid boys and messed-up friendships, doing so in a way that could make almost anyone want to throw on a fringe mini and shimmy down. If Russ Meyer had directed Frankie and Annette movies, Bratmobile would be the soundtrack. The group plays tonight at the downtown club the Smell.

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Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent). The albums are already released unless otherwise noted.

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