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Sleater-Kinney shares The Center Won’t Hold‘s fourth single “Can I Go On”

Sleater-Kinney | photo by Nikko LaMere | courtesy of the artist

The road leading up to the release of Sleater-Kinney‘s new record The Center Won’t Hold has been a rocky one, to say the least. After the sudden departure of drummer Janet Weiss from the band, its remaining members Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker have carried on with promoting the St. Vincent-produced record, and as the release date inches closer they’ve shared a fourth single, “Can I Go On.”

“Can I Go On” touches on the personal and political themes we hear throughout The Center Won’t Hold, exploring the seeming commonness of existential despair as Brownstein sings, “Maybe I’m not sure I wanna go on at all.” It’s dark, but musically more lightweight and upbeat than your typical Sleater-Kinney song. Watch the lyric video below. Continue reading →

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Filthy Friends

Filthy Friends | Photo by Makena Duffy for XPN

Joining us in the studio for this Indie Rock Hit Parade live session is a band whose members represent a multiple generations’ worth of music history. Led by Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Filthy Friends essentially formed around just that: a collection of longtime friends who love making music together. Joining Tucker and Buck are bassist Scott McCaughey, guitarist Kurt Bloch and drummer Linda Pitmon; each of whom have also played in various iterations of The Minus 5. While on tour in support of their second album, Emerald Valley, Filthy Friends (and tourmates Dressy Bessy) stopped by our studio to effortlessly charge through a set of new songs.

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Watch Sleater-Kinney bring “Hurry on Home” to The Tonight Show

Sleater Kinney | still from video

Last night, Sleater-Kinney treated the world to the live debut of their latest single, “Hurry On Home.” Dressed in all black, the Portland trio, joined on stage by two additional instrumentalists, tore through the pulsating track on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In addition to singing and playing guitar, Carrie Brownstein partook in some light choreography. Her movements are reminiscent of St. Vincent’s performing style during her self-titled album cycle. This reflection of St. Vincent is unsurprising as Annie Clark is responsible for the production on “Hurry On Home.” Clark produced the entirety of Sleater-Kinney’s upcoming record The Center Won’t Hold.

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Listen to Sleater-Kinney’s new single “Hurry On Home,” see them play The Fillmore this fall

Sleater-Kinney | photo by Charlie Engman | courtesy of the artist

A few months ago, Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney shared a photo of the band in the studio with Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent. Now, Sleater-Kinney has shared a new single,”Hurry On Home,” produced by Clark, along with a lyric video directed by Miranda July. There’s no official album announcement just yet, but a press release describes the new single as the “first hint of more eagerly anticipated new music on the horizon.” Sleater-Kinney will tour North American this fall, with a show at The Fillmore on October 27. Continue reading →

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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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