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Ad-Rock, Heliotropes and more played Free Pussy Riot benefit at Death by Audio (pics)

photos by Devan Council

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…The benefit, held amid the dimly lit, Marissa Pasternoster-painted backdrop of Brooklyn DIY venue Death By Audio, was filled with punk women and men wearing neon balaclavas to honor Pussy Riot. The latter punk performance crew has been targeted in Russia for protesting Putin the day before his election, and three of its members — Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Ekaterina Samucevich — now face up to seven years in prison for simply voicing their opinions. Many punk scions have spoken out in support of the riot grrrl-influenced Pussy Riot, including Bikini Kill’s Tobi Vail and Chicana punk goddess Alice Bag, and the proceeds from the show went to Pussy Riot’s legal fees, so it was appropriate that Brooklyn feminist band Shady Hawkins opened their set with a song called “Not My Comrades,” led by the vibrato growls of lead singer/Tumblr star Suzy-X. [SPIN]

Adam Horovitz, whose wife is Kathleen Hanna of OG-riot girl band Bikini Kill, showed solidarity with the Free Pussy Riot! folks in his first public appearance since the passing of his good friend and bandmate MCA. Ad-Rock’s appearance at Death by Audio was part of a benefit event on 6/12 for the Russian punk crew who are currently in prison after staging a protest against president Vladimir Putin. The evening saw live performances from Heliotropes, Shady Hawkins and Tin Vulva.

Heliotropes‘ next live show goes down in a little less than a week from now, where the band will team with Mitten and Friend Roulette to play Union Pool on June 21st. $8 gets you in the door.

More pictures from Death by Audio are below.

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