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Does Mosswood Meltdown’s woman-centric lineup mark a sea change in rock culture?

Since 2012, early July signaled the return of Burger Boogaloo to Oakland’s Mosswood Park. The annual music festival featured local bands and longstanding legends, including the Jesus and Mary Chain, the Dead Boys and Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes, hosted by the master of ceremonies, cult filmmaker John Waters. Co-produced by Marc Ribak and Amy Carver of Total Trash Productions, the festival borrowed its alliterative moniker from Burger Records, a Southern California record label known for its bubblegum pop and garage rock artists. In July 2020, however, Burger Records’ name was invoked for different reasons. Multiple band members and musical artists associated with the label faced a spate of sexual misconduct allegations, including accusations of grooming, sexual assault, abuse and rape. After parting ways with Burger Records, the festival was retitled Mosswood Meltdown. This year, Mosswood Meltdown will return on Saturday and Sunday with a female-fronted lineup, headlined by Kim Gordon and Bikini Kill. The playbill boasts a refreshingly diverse assembly, including the Linda Lindas, Brontez Purnell of the Younger Lovers and Fatty Cakes & the Puff Pastries.