Tobi Vail

Born Jul 20, 1969

Tobi Vail is an independent musician and feminist critic from Olympia, Washington, best known for her work in Bikini Kill and Jigsaw. She joined her first band, The Go Team when she was 15, later collaborating in several other groups figuring in the Olympia music scene. Currently, she fronts Spider and the Webs and plays drums in Knife in the Eye.… Read More

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1969 Birth Born on July 20, 1969.


1984 14 Years Old The first concert she went to on her own was a Wipers show in 1984. … Read More
1985 15 Years Old One of Vail's first bands was the Go Team, a punk project started with Calvin Johnson in 1985. … Read More
1986 16 Years Old Vail met Kurt Cobain when he was hanging around with the Melvins in 1986. … Read More


1990 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Vail and Cobain briefly dated beginning in July 1990. The two discussed the possibility of starting a music project, and recorded a few songs together. Some of these songs ended up being Nirvana tracks. In October 1990 after Dave Grohl joined Nirvana, Hanna and Grohl started dating, making for two couples linking Nirvana to the new band Bikini Kill. … Read More
1991 21 Years Old …  By the summer of 1991 the riot grrrl movement had coalesced, with Bikini Kill moving to Washington, D.C., for a year. In 1992 while still involved with Bikini Kill, Tobi started the Frumpies in Washington, D.C., with Bikini Kill bandmates Wilcox and Karren, and also with Molly Neuman of Bratmobile and the PeeChees, and later Michelle Mae. … Read More
1993 23 Years Old In 1993, Vail started Bumpidee, a low-cost method for unsigned bands to increase their listener base, using the distribution of cassette recordings of their songs. … Read More
1998 28 Years Old Vail ran the mail order department at Kill Rock Stars from 1998 to 2011, after working there part-time during 1992–1997. … Read More


2000 30 Years Old With her sister Maggie, Vail joined Alison Wolfe, Cat Power, and members of Sleater-Kinney to organize the first Ladyfest in 2000, a music, activism, and arts conference held in Olympia. … Read More
2006 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006-08, Vail drummed with the Old Haunts including on their final album: Poisonous Times. … Read More
2009 39 Years Old Vail started working as a freelance writer after graduating from the Evergreen State College in 2009. … Read More


2012 42 Years Old Hanna commented upon Vail's song "Free Pussy Riot", written in support of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot after three members were arrested in March 2012.
2013 43 Years Old The Punk Singer, a 2013 documentary about Hanna includes footage from three archival interviews with Vail. … Read More
2016 46 Years Old In February 2016, Vail issued a YouTube takedown request after a pro-Hillary Clinton video, utilizing the Bikini Kill song "Rebel Girl" began to go viral.
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