Katie (Waxahatchee) and Allison Crutchfield paired up for a jam session at last weekend’s Vulture Festival, and video has surfaced of one of the jams going beyond the sister’s discography. The duo covered Sleater-Kinney’s “Modern Girl,” off the 2005 album The Woods. The only thing not perfect about this all of this that the video cuts off before we get a chance to witness the entire song. Continue reading →
Twenty years ago today, Pacific Northwest rock trio Sleater-Kinney released its third LP, Dig Me Out, a commanding collection of punk-fueled songs with an apt title if there ever was one. We say that on one level because the record was famously recorded during a snowstorm – one of the heaviest snowstorms in Seattle’s recorded history at that point, dumping between two and three feet of accumulation across the North Olympic Peninsula during the final days of 1996. As singer-guitarist Carrie Brownstien recalls in her memoir, Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl, the band had to quite literally dig its van out of the snow to get to producer John Goodmanson’s studio, where it recorded in an unheated live room wearing coats and sweaters.
Whether the whiteout conditions were a contributing factor or merely coincidental, you can feel the urgency across the 13-song, 36-minute collection: the opening title track’s hurtling desperation (“Oh, God, let me in / There’s nowhere else to go”); the barreling punch and crunch of “The Drama You’ve Been Craving” (where Brownstein and fellow singer-guitarist Corin Tucker’s counterpoint vocals engage in conversation about escape); the powerful takedown of normative gender roles in “Little Babies,” propelled by a catchy-as-heck chorus (“Rock the little babies with one two three four”).
That overarching urgency is why Dig Me Out is a fitting title on another level. Continue reading →
At the hub of this weekend’s Women’s March in Washington DC, Planned Parenthood hosted an expansive benefit concert, with Sleater-Kinney sharing the headlining bill with The National.
Sleater-Kinney brought something extra special to their set, with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards (as well as The National’s Matt Berninger and Dirty Projectors‘ Dave Longstreth) joining them onstage to perform the Vietnam-era staple “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Continue reading →
At the beginning of the month, we got word that Pacific Northwest power trio Sleater-Kinney would release its first ever live-album, recorded at La Cigale on March 20th, 2015 while the band was on tour supporting No Cities to Love. Today, we got the first taste of that incendiary performance with a fierce take on “What’s Mine Is Yours,” originally heard on the band’s 2006 outing The Woods. Continue reading →
A year ago today, the music world was shocked by the sudden passing of David Bowie. As universal feelings of grief evolved into one of the most massive celebrations of life that rock and roll has ever seen, artists of all statures channeled their love of Bowie into tributes and live covers.
It became something you just sort of expected to see when going to live music in 2016 — somebody, somewhere was going to play a song from The Thin White Duke — and we’ve collected some of the most impressive Bowie covers we’ve seen from the past 12 months below, from EL VY‘s “Let’s Dance” and Wilco‘s “Space Oddity” to versions of “Rebel Rebel” by Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and Sleater-Kinney alike. And that’s just scratching the surface. Dig in below. Continue reading →
After ringing in the new year in San Francisco with some covers honoring George Michael and David Bowie, Sleater-Kinney have now announced the release of their first live album dropping later this month. According to Pitchfork, Live in Paris was recorded down the street from Moulin Rouge at La Cigale on March 20th, 2015 while the band was on tour supporting No Cities to Love.
Iconic power trio Sleater-Kinney celebrated New Year’s Eve with a gig in San Francisco with fellow Pacific Northwesterners The Thermals, and as part of the show, they paid tribute to two late greats that the music world lost in 2016. Continue reading →
Back in October, Sleater-Kinney astonished their devout fan base by announcing a new album, dropping a new song, and revealing a tour, their first in almost a decade. Four months later, fans in Philadelphia were given a chance to witness the newly resurrected group.
After an opening set by the politically-charged Minnesota MC Lizzo – who preached female empowerment through her intelligence and sexuality, while mixing in a strong sense of intersectionality, mentioning the #BlackLivesMatter movement and Riot Grrrl – Sleater-Kinney took the Union Transfer stage on Saturday night to wild applause from the sold-out crowd. Continue reading →