Longtime Sleater-Kinney fans who haven’t heard Corin Tucker‘s new 1,000 Years prior to tonight’s show should probably give it a listen. After all, just seeing Tucker on stage without S-K guitarist Carrie Brownstein and drummer Janet Weiss will be enough of a shock as it is. But when Tucker shows off her significantly more subtle side—as she does throughout 1,000 Years—anyone expecting more fiery guitars and wailing vocals will be in for a big surprise. After spending most of the four years that followed Sleater-Kinney’s breakup taking care of some family business, Tucker has returned with a new album that you could easily call “introspective.” That’s not to say it’s not a welcome development. (Why should Tucker re-visit the same rock territory she did for over a decade with her previous band, anyway?) It’s just a development that might require a little adjustment for some people. Rest assured, however, that once that adjustment is made, 1,000 Years‘ many rewards ring out as loud and clear as any Sleater-Kinney vocal hook, even if Tucker’s voice is much softer this time around. Corin Tucker performs with The Hungry Ghost at 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are $13.
Also playing: Frightened Rabbit + Plants & Animals, Phantom Band at Starlight Ballroom (8 p.m., all ages, $16-$18); Grace Potter & The Nocturnals + Haciendas at TLA (8 p.m., $20).Corin Tucker, First Unitarian Church