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Q&A: Carrie Brownstein On Writing Her Memoir, Portlandia’s Fourth Season, And The Future Of Sleater-Kinney

Few indie rock alums have managed to enjoy a career as successful — and as wildly varied — as that of Carrie Brownstein. For those of us who came of age in the early ’90s, Brownstein was already an icon due to her role as a vocalist and unstoppable guitar shredder in Excuse 17 and… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / January 6, 2014 - 4:59 pm

Watch Sleater-Kinney Reunite Onstage With Pearl Jam In Portland

Pearl Jam, who brought Carrie Brownstein onstage in Dallas earlier this month, did one better last night by reuniting the Portlandia star’s former band Sleater-Kinney for the first time in seven years. Pearl Jam ended their show at Portland’s Moda Center with a cover of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World” that featured hometow… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 30, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Watch Free Energy Cover Sleater-Kinney

Their album Love Sign was one of the more delirious and underrated blasts of power-pop fizz that anyone has released this year, and the great Philly rock band Free Energy are not done blowing hooks through the back of your head. This time, though, the hooks in question come from someone else. As part of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 3, 2013 - 12:26 pm

Sleater-Kinney Albums From Worst To Best

Sleater-Kinney: the name suggests a joint sociological survey, or perhaps a university residence hall. Turns out it’s the Lacey, WA street on which the band held practices. It’s a fitting name for a group that spent more than a decade interrogating the nature of being a band. Formed by two Evergreen State University students i… More »

By: Brad Shoup / February 6, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Stream Corin Tucker Band Kill My Blues

Former Sleater-Kinney de facto leader Corin Tucker is one of indie rock’s magical people, so a new album from her is something worthy of your attention. Next week, she’ll release Kill My Blues, the second album from her Corin Tucker Band, which brings back some of the raw fury of her youth. We’ve already heard… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 10, 2012 - 11:04 am

One Beat Turns 10

A couple of weeks after I graduated college, as a sort of birthday present to myself, I drove down to Washington, D.C. to see a couple of my favorite bands to play a show together at D.A.R. Constitution Hall, an old and ornate venue in the middle of the city. Belle And Sebastian, still a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 20, 2012 - 4:58 pm

Turntable Interview: Corin Tucker

Corin Tucker has been making music longer than some of you have been alive. Bursting out of the burgeoning music scene in Olympia, Washington in the early ’90s, Tucker sang her heart out in Heavens To Betsy before teaming up with Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss (who are both now in Wild Flag) to form… More »

By: Melissa Locker / August 9, 2012 - 5:27 pm

Corin Tucker Band – “Neskowin” (Stereogum Premiere)

This fall, the former Sleater-Kinney lead yowler Corin Tucker and her Corin Tucker Band return with their new album Kill My Blues. We’ve already heard the fiery lead single “Groundhog Day,” which is pretty much everything you’d hope for from a Corin Tucker song in 2012. And now we’ve got another track from the album,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 31, 2012 - 9:10 am

Corin Tucker Band – “Groundhog Day”

Corin Tucker, the former de facto leader of Sleater-Kinney, recently announced plans to drop Kill My Blues, the second album from her Corin Tucker Band, and a press release promised a sonic return to Tucker’s riot grrl past. Given that Tucker’s work with Sleater-Kinney and Heavens To Betsy established her as probably the greatest wailer… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 27, 2012 - 10:56 am

Carrie Brownstein To Publish Memoir

The New York Times reports that Sleater-Kinney/Wild Flag co-leader Carrie Brownstein, who’s lately become weirdly famous as one of the two people behind Portlandia, has signed on with Riverhead Books, and she’s currently working on a memoir. Brownstein has some history as a writer of things beyond songs and comedy sketches; she spent a few… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 2, 2012 - 2:51 pm

The 10 Best Late Night TV Performances Of 2011

Our annual list of late night television’s best performances has quickly become an annual exercise in big-upping Jimmy Fallon’s music talent booker. Way to go, person responsible for pointing those Studio 6B HD-cameras at our tag cloud: Bang the Fallon gong (btw, there should be a Fallon gong), a full 70% of this list come… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 22, 2011 - 10:37 am

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 20 Indie Rock Crushes Of 2011

The next stop on the Gummys express is Your Top 20 Indie Rock Crushes Of 2011; ten females, ten males, one Gosling. Hit the gallery to check out the winners of this award, truly the people’s champions when it comes to crushes. Just outside the fray: EMA and Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner for the ladies,… More »

By: Stereogum / December 20, 2011 - 12:24 pm

Check Out Fred Armisen & Carrie Brownstein’s iTunes Celebrity Playlists

It’s poetic that after roasting everyone’s DJ nights, the Portlandia stars sorta DJ for us. Well, for iTunes. I hope nobody is surprised that they are very good at this. More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 16, 2011 - 4:35 pm

Stream Wild Flag’s Debut Album

If you’re an indie rock-inclined human being of a certain age, there’s a good chance you’ve been checking for updates on the Wild Flag album the same way 14-year-old girls are checking for updates on the Hunger Games movie. Here’s why: Wild Flag’s members include Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, which means two thirds ofMore »

By: Tom Breihan / August 29, 2011 - 10:37 am

Wild Flag – “Glass Tambourine”

Wild Flag, the supergroup of Sleater-Kinney/Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein, Helium’s Mary Timony, S-K/Quasi’s Janet Weiss, and the Minders’ Rebecca Cole, are releasing their debut 7″ on Record Store Day. It was produced by Britt Daniel. You can listen to the expansive, Helium-esque B-Side now at NPR. If you liked that, make sure to catch them live,… More »

By: brandon / March 4, 2011 - 12:04 pm

Colin Meloy, James Mercer, Corin Tucker Guest On Portlandia

Portlandia’s already been good for unexpected cameos (Aimee Mann, Steve Buscemi, Aubrey Plaza, plus many others). And it looks lik Portlandia is upping the number of musical cameos. Next week Colin Meloy, James Mercer, and Corin Tucker will guest star as fictional band Echo Echo (sorry guys). Check out a clip of the sketch below. More »

By: jessica / February 17, 2011 - 2:34 pm

Watch Portlandia, Indie Sketch Show With Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, And A Washed Out Theme Song

“The dream of the ’90s is alive in Portland,” the place where young people go to retire. Or so goes the opening musical sequence of Portlandia, the new sketch comedy of Fred Armisen and Sleater-Kinney, aka ThunderAnt. After they put away the flannel, piercings, and surprising flash of leather, you should recognize Portlandia’s main theme… More »

By: brandon / January 14, 2011 - 5:13 pm

Sleater-Kinney, Helium, Minders Supergroup Wild Flag Plan Album, Tour

No music just yet, but I imagine the Portland, OR/Washington D.C. quartet Wild Flag will come up with something interesting. The group includes Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss (also of Quasi, of course) with Helium’s Mary Timony and the Minders’ Rebecca Cole. As their label Merge points out, this isn’t the first time the… More »

By: brandon / September 22, 2010 - 4:10 pm

Corin Tucker – “Doubt”

UPDATE: The tracks were mislabeled, this one’s actually called “Doubt.”

A couple weeks back we learned that Corin Tucker’s awaited solo LP had a name, cover art and track list. Now you can hear a track from 1,000 Years. “Doubt” starts out okay, but really gets strong at the breakdown, when Tucker come… More »

By: jessica / August 2, 2010 - 12:15 pm

Corin Tucker 1,000 Years LP Due In October

As we mentioned, Corin Tucker’s been working on her debut solo LP. Now it’s got a name and a release date: 1,000 Years (how long it’s been since Sleater-Kinney announced their indefinite hiatus) will be out via Kill Rock Stars on October 5. As you can see, the release is under the name “The Cori… More »

By: jessica / July 12, 2010 - 6:24 pm