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Sleater-Kinney share “Here We Come” for Planned Parenthood compilation

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Sleater-Kinney | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Iconic power trio Sleater-Kinney are back on our radar with the release of a new song. “Here We Come” is the band’s contribution to the 7-inches for Planned Parenthood series, which features contributions from a variety of artists — musicians, writers, comedians, and more — and will benefit the nonprofit organization. The full compilation is out digitally on Oct. 20, and you can stream Sleater-Kinney’s track via Spotify below. Continue reading →

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Declare Independence: AMERICAN PUNK 3 on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Downtown Boys | Photo by Miguel Rosario, courtesy of the artist

Lace up those kickers and get ready to get rowdy as the Indie Rock Hit Parade presents AMERICAN PUNK 3: A July 4th (adjacent) special! Listen at 11pm ET on XPN (that’s right after this month’s Land of the Lost with Robert Drake, of course) for a full two-hour salute to American Punks of all generations. We’ll hear new releases from Austin’s A Giant Dog, Providence’s Downtown Boys and Philly’s own Sheer Mag, alongside classic cuts from Descendents, the Misfits and Sleater-Kinney! Preview some of the new cuts below…

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Twenty Years of Dig Me Out: A reflection on Sleater-Kinney’s breakout LP

Sleater-Kinney, pictured on the back cover of Dig Me Out | photo by Robert Paul Maxwell | via last.fm

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 →

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Watch Sleater-Kinney cover the CCR classic “Fortunate Son” at the Women’s March on Washington

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Sleater-Kinney | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

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 →

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Sleater-Kinney to release first-ever live album, recorded at La Cigale in Paris

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Sleater-Kinney | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

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 PitchforkLive 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.

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Declare independence with an All-American PUNK Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Dead Kennedys | Photo via MTV

Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade celebrates the most American art form, PUNK! We’ll hear a nonstop blitz of punk junk, new and old, from all across this great nation of ours. From garage-punk to riot grrrl to noise-punk and hardcore, tonight’s show is sure to get your blood pumping. Be on the lookout for brand new tracks from Summer Cannibals, Field Mouse and VHS, and classics from Black Flag, Mission of Burma and Sleater-Kinney! Preview some of the newer ragers below…

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#ThrowbackThursday to the 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival in words and photos

Sleater-Kinney rages at the Pitchfork Music Festival | Photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com
Sleater-Kinney rages at the Pitchfork Music Festival | Photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com

Summer once again proved itself to be Festival Overload – most recently, the successful Philadelphia Folk Festival! But right before WXPN hosted its annual XPoNential Music Festival, I headed over to Chicago to celebrate ten years of Pitchfork and their annual summer music festival.

What makes Pitchfork a unique music festival is the broad stroke they use when booking music for their three stages over three days. From the most modern hip-hop, electronic dance and alt-rock to showcasing some iconic “classic” artists from the past few decades. It creates a melding of communities and age brackets that is second to none when it comes to outdoor summertime festivals. Continue reading →