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Lori Barbero
Music Supervisor

Lori Barbero was the co-founder and drummer for Babes in Toyland, a hard rock band from Minneapolis. They were some of the precursors of what came to be known in the early 1990s as RiotGrrl, a subgenre of grunge music. In 1990, Babes in Toyland toured with Sonic Youth throughout Europe. The group's break into the national scene came in 1992 with the release of their first full-length album Fontanelle and inclusion in the documentary film 1991: The Year Punk Broke. The following year, they joined bands including Dinosaur Junior, Alice in Chains, and Rage Against the Machine for Lollapalooza 1993. Since the band’s breakup, Barbero has been deeply committed to the independent music scene in Minnesota and around the world. She has also been in half a dozen other bands; Sean Na Na, Eggtwist, The Willis Project and most recently, Koalas. Nobody plays drums like Lori. Then there are the more recent incarnations; Lori as DJ, Lori as party promoter, there are even some rumors about her work as a paramilitary operative, but those have yet to be confirmed.