Lois Maffeo is the grande dame of the next-wave feminist riot girl movement, icon to countless sensitive American girls (and boys, too).

She is an icon in Japan, as well. Live houses all over Shimokitazawa rock, or maybe gently sway, to groups inspired by Maffeo, or Lois as she is usually known, and the frothy pop of Olympia, Wash. On indie labels K and Kill Rock Stars, Olympia’s playful, childlike and decidedly lo-fi take on music became a counterweight to Seattle’s dark, distinctly masculine grunge-punk scene.

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