Sleater-Kinney Brings 'No Cities' to Our City 

Feb. 9, Knitting Factory

Before Portlandia made her a TV star, Carrie Brownstein played lead guitar in Sleater-Kinney, "America's best rock band" according to a 2001 Time Magazine article by music critic Greil Marcus. Formed by Brownstein and lead vocalist Corin Tucker in 1994 (drummer Janet Weiss joined in 1996) the band emerged from the Olympia, Wash., riot grrrl scene to become one of the most acclaimed groups of the past 25 years. Before an eight-year hiatus that began in 2006, the trio released seven albums, including the seminal Call the Doctor (Chainsaw Records, 1996) and Dig Me Out (Kill Rock Stars, 1997).

In October 2014, Sleater-Kinney announced its return. The band's new album, No Cities to Love (Sub Pop Records, Jan. 2015), features the trio's trademark passionate vocals, interweaving guitar lines and powerhouse drumming. It also boasts some of SK's catchiest melodies, strongest grooves and most eloquent lyrics to date.

"It's not a new wave / it's just you and me," Brownstein sings on "A New Wave." With Sleater-Kinney, that's more than enough.

Brian Appio

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