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Sleater-Kinney @ Market Hotel 12/16/2015

It was a momentous night: the final stop of Sleater-Kinney's five-show NYC run (and tour), and the final show of what has been a busy, triumphant year for the reunited indie rock trio. Additionally, it also served as a reopening for Bushwick DIY spot Market Hotel after what has been a long (and not quite done) renovation process. The place was packed (but not uncomfortably so) and featured the best sound and light show I've ever experienced at Market (both surely brought by the band). It was sweaty and I'd forgotten how much the floor bounces, as it did when S-K trucked out classics like "All Hands on the Bad One."

Like the three previous nights, Fred Armisen was brought out for an encore rendition of B-52's classic "Rock Lobster." I can't say it's one of my favorite B-52's songs but they totally nailed it, and clearly were having a blast playing it, making for one of the most pure-fun moments of the night. They then wrapped up 2015 with "Call the Doctor" and "Dig Me Out." For that encore, the band were all in specially made t-shirts: "Fucking Janet Weiss," "Fuck Carrie Kill," "Whorin' for Corin," and Fred was wearing "Another Lady for Katie" (for touring guitarist Katie Harkin). Setlist is below.

Opening was Lee Ranaldo (weirdly the fifth time I'd seen him perform in little more than a week), who made a total racket, christening the not-quite-finished space. As to that, Market Hotel looked spiffed up but not too different. (I can't actually remember what the last show I saw there was, but it's been five years for me.) It was a temporary permit for last night's show and the general (if entirely unofficial) consensus I heard last night was they are looking to be back in business at the end of February. It was really cool, though, having the J/M rumble by the window and seeing traffic flow behind Sleater-Kinney (with "S-K" and hearts scrawled in the fogged-up window). I look forward to seeing more shows there soon.

More pictures from the whole night, including pics of Ranaldo's set, below...

Continue reading "Sleater-Kinney wrapped up their 2015 tour at still-being-renovated Market Hotel w/ Lee Ranldo (pics/setlist)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Sleater-Kinney, with Fred Armisen @ MHOW - 12/15/15

Night 1, night 2, night 3, and now night 4 of Sleater-Kinney's sold-out five NYC shows happened last night (12/15). This one was the most intimate yet, at Music Hall of Williamsburg. I caught them at their first NYC reunion show at Terminal 5 earlier this year, where they were undoubtedly great, but it was much better seeing them up close and personal in a venue like MHOW. Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss are all rock stars, and that was more than apparent last night. Whether they're playing something off this year's No Cities To Love (their first album in ten years) or an old ripper like 1997's still-furious "Dig Me Out," they sounded as on-point and intense as ever. Setlist-wise, we got about half of that new album and half of their final LP before initially breaking up, The Woods, and a pretty good mix of older songs.

Like at Irving Plaza and Terminal 5, Carrie's Portlandia partner Fred Armisen came out during the encore to sing lead on a cover of The B-52s' "Rock Lobster," which Corin wore a bright pink wig for. That encore wrapped up with "Modern Girl" (that had the whole crowd singing) and the aforementioned "Dig Me Out." Pictures and setlist are in this post.

Opening last night's show were the sugary, energetic pop rockers Charly Bliss. Sleater-Kinney's run wraps up tonight at the even more intimate Market Hotel, and doubles as re-opening night for the venue. Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo opens.

In related news, a new trailer is out for Portlandia Season 6, and it includes a teaser of Glenn Danzig's appearance. Check it out (via Vulture), with more pics from MHOW, below...

Continue reading "Sleater-Kinney played night 4 of their NYC run at MHOW (pics); new Portlandia trailer ft. Danzig out now (watch)"

photos by Ebru Yildiz

Corin Tucker / Carrie Brownstein / Meredith Graves @ Irving Plaza - 12/14/15
Perfect Pussy

Sleater-Kinney continued their sold-out five-night run of NYC shows last night (12/14) at Irving Plaza with Perfect Pussy opening. So far the setlists have been similar but not exactly the same, and each show gets a cover. The cover last night was the same as night 2: Fred Armisen joining for The B-52s' "Rock Lobster." Check out coverage of nights 1 and 2 here. Pictures and setlist from night 3 are in this post.

The run continues tonight (12/15) at MHOW with Charly Bliss and ends on Wednesday (12/16) at Market Hotel, which is that venue's first real show back. Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo opens that one.

S-K also stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert yesterday and played "Bury Our Friends" off this year's great comeback album, No Cities to Love. Watch the video of that below.

For Perfect Pussy, that show came after singer Meredith Graves played three shows with Kevin Devine and friends (pictures, video and review from Brooklyn and Philly), and right before their tour with Big Ups, which begins in Easthampton, MA tonight. It hits NYC on Friday (12/18) at MHOW with DFA's Guerilla Toss playing too (tickets). Speaking of Big Ups, they just released a new song.

More pictures of S-K and PP at Irving, plus S-K's setlist an their Colbert video, below...

Continue reading "Sleater-Kinney continued their NYC run at Irving Plaza with Perfect Pussy (pics, setlist), played 'Colbert' (video)"

photos by P Squared Photography


Sleater-Kinney brought their reunion tour to NYC's Terminal 5 twice, first on February 26 (check out our pics and review) and then again the following night (2/27). The setlists were mostly the same, but night two got two songs from 1996's Call the Doctor (night one didn't get any), plus "Little Babies" and the 11-minute "Let's Call It Love." Anybody go to both?

More pictures from night 2 (including opener Lizzo), the setlist and a video, below...

Continue reading "Sleater-Kinney played Terminal 5 again (night 2 pics, video and setlist)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Sleater-Kinney @ T5 - 2/26/15

Sleater-Kinney kicked off their reunion tour in Washington earlier this month, and last night (2/26) they finally made their triumphant return to NYC. It was their first of two sold-out Terminal 5 shows and first time playing here since Webster Hall in 2006. And "sold out" is no understatement. This place was packed, maybe oversold. They probably could've added a third night and sold that out too. It makes sense for a lot of reasons: Sleater-Kinney are a beloved band, they've been gone for way too long, their old songs still sound great today, and they still have every bit of what made them special in the first place. But that's true for a lot of reunited bands, of which there seem to be more of each day. What Sleater-Kinney have that American Football, or The Blood Brothers, or even The Replacements don't, is new songs. A whole album's worth. Almost half the set was new songs, and they weren't these flimsy reunion tunes that had the crowd wishing for old favorites -- the new material rivals their best work.

The only downside was that Terminal 5 is a less-than-ideal place to see Sleater-Kinney. They still play like a punk band, relying more on their own personal power than the kind of extravagant stage show that can suit a venue that big. But even while I was wishing they would be turned up three times as loud, you couldn't deny that they were a total force. Corin Tucker's voice was piercing, overpowering everything else in the room at almost any given moment. And the band members' interplay on stage was fucking electric. Carrie Brownstein with her rock star moves was the most fun to watch individually, but the way the three of them (four including new live member Katie Harkin of Sky Larkin) were constantly locked in and feeding off each other produced the kind of larger-than-life energy that only happens with a band this tightly knit. As great as Carrie and Janet Weiss's post-hiatus band Wild Flag was, there's something about having Corin, Carrie and Janet on stage at once that even the best side project can't replicate.


One of my personal favorite parts about the new album is, putting aside all the baggage that comes with a new Sleater-Kinney album in 2015, it's just a great guitar rock album. It's packed with almost as many riffs as a Led Zeppelin album, but they're not derived from blues, separating Sleater-Kinney from the masses of retro riffers. And seeing them shred away at those last night was the kind of thing that could melt Jack Black's face off. But as much as I think the new album is a big part of what makes this reunion so good, the most special moment of the night was the last two songs, two favorites from their initial run. I don't doubt that the crowd was singing along like this the whole show, but you could hear the entire room more than ever during the mostly drum-less penultimate song, "Modern Girl." It was one of those moments where you could actually hear the awe in the voices of the crowd. That led into the final song of the night, and the band's most wild performance, "Dig Me Out." It's the first song on the first album with the lineup of Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss (they didn't play anything from the first two albums without Janet), and probably the first song many people ever heard from that trio. 18 years later, they still sound passionate playing it.


Kicking the night off was Minneapolis rapper Lizzo, who knew how to keep a packed house entertained, and whose short speech on gender and racial equality was met with huge cheers from the crowd. Before she came on, her DJ kept the crowd hyped with a set of The Runways' "Cherry Bomb," Le Tigre's "Deceptacon," Bikini Kill's "Rebel Girl" and more.

Sleater-Kinney and Lizzo do it again at T5 tonight, which is also sold out. UPDATE: Night 2 pics, video and setlist here.

Ahead of last night's show, S-K also played "Price Tag" on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Watch the video of that, with more pictures and their setlist from T5, below...

Continue reading "Sleater-Kinney played their first of two Terminal 5 shows with Lizzo, and 'Seth Meyers' (pics, setlist, review, video)"

photos by Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Sleater Kinney

Sleater-Kinney, whose great new album No Cities to Love is out this week via Sub Pop, were in NYC on Friday (1/16) to be interviewed by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson of Broad City at Ace Hotel for NPR. The interview will be up on NPR this week, but while you wait for that, here's some highlights via Flavorwire:

3. Sleater-Kinney members are sick of having their gender pointed out -- like in the New York Times.

Weiss admitted frustration with seeing terms like "all-female band" show up in New York Times articles. (A recent Times profile also felt the need to dedicate three sentences comparing and contrasting members' looks.) Brownstein pointed out the absurdity of another aspect of the job: "No one's ever asked the question, 'Why did you decide to be in a band with all men?'"

Weiss called it the "Women in Rock" ghetto, referring to some publications' perception of women musicians as a specialized interest, and only comparing them to other bands with female members. "Who wants to be a white male? I don't," Brownstein added.

4. Likewise, Ilana is tired of Broad City being compared to Girls.

Brownstein related, wisely surmising, "If you're an 'other,' they want you to beat up the other 'other.'"

5. Don't expect to see Sleater-Kinney to play the festival circuit.

While festivals have grown into one of the music industry's few saving graces during S-K's decade off, don't expect to see the group making the rounds, especially not billed as a reunion. They view their shows as events, and they lose that excitement at a festival.

Read seven other highlights here. Pictures of the interview are in this post.

As discussed, Sleater-Kinney will be touring soon (with Katie from Sky Larkin as a live member), and since we last spoke, Minneapolis rapper Lizzo was added as an opener to several dates, including both sold-out Terminal 5 shows in NYC. Updated dates are listed below.

If you're a satellite radio subscriber, tune in to XMU to hear Sleater-Kinney members guest co-hosting during the afternoon all week.

Meanwhile, Broad City Season 2 premiered last week on Comedy Central and included a very funny clip where they deal with just about every bad NYC subway experience all in one ride. Watch that video, with more pictures from the S-K interview, below...

Continue reading "Sleater-Kinney interviewed by Broad City (pics), who took on NYC subway nightmares in their S2 premiere (watch)"

by Nick Masi

Pearl Jam & Sleater-Kinney in Portland - 11/29/13 (via @eli_w_n)

August 12, 2006 was the last time Sleater-Kinney performed together...that was until November 29, 2013! Corin Tucker, Janet Weiss and Carrie Brownstein joined Pearl Jam at the Portland, Oregon stop of their tour for a cover of Neil Young's 'Rockin in the Free World' at the Rose Garden last Friday, like Pearl Jam, Carrie and St. Vincent did in Dallas a couple weeks ago. Corin sang, Janet banged the drums with Matt Cameron and Carrie played guitar. Ah, the good ole days.

On our BrooklynVegan Blog Radio show on SiriusXMU, we have played a Sleater-Kinney song on every show since their hiatus and claimed that it wouldn't stop until they reunited. Does this count as a reunion? Personally, this isn't what I was holding out for, but it may be the start of something good. Fingers crossed. Check out the video below.

Continue reading "Sleater-Kinney reunited on stage w/ Pearl Jam to cover Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" (watch)"

by Klaus Kinski (and Fred Armisen)

Fred meditates on his top ten...

In my tenure as BV's tallest and prettiest contributor, I've noticed that one of the most polarizing figures we mention on here is the great Fred Armisen. It's like, any time we mention this dude all the negative-Nancys crawl out of the wood work. Oh well... You know what they say ('they' being people who use terrible quips to express themselves); "Haters gonna hate." The reality is, Fred Armisen rules. He's one of my most favorite, funny, uber-talented oddballs in the biz. He's consistently funny on SNL, no matter how abysmal the sketch may be. His show Portlandia (which returns January 4th 2013 on IFC) is one of the funniest shows to hit the gogglebox in recent memory. And he keeps it real with small-venue residencies and club shows. Fred recently hipped us to the top 10 records of 2012 that floated his boat.

In addition to Portlandia's imminent return (many guest stars included), and the Portlandia book which is currently available, don't forget the Fred is hosting the Snow Ball Ball at the Bell (Ball) House on Sunday December 16. The show also features guest DJs Tunde Adebimpe (from TV On the Radio), Peter Hale (from Here We Go Magic) and more!

Check out Fred's 'Best of' list, below...

Continue reading "Fred Armisen names his Top 10 LPs of 2012; 'Portlandia' Season 3 coming soon"


Unwound was a United States post-hardcore band based in Tumwater/Olympia, Washington. Formed in 1991, the band consisted of Justin Trosper (vocals, guitar, songwriting), Vern Rumsey (bass), and Brandt Sandeno (drums), all of whom had previously been in a band called Giant Henry. Brandt Sandeno quit Unwound in 1992 and was replaced by Sara Lund... After Unwound broke up Vern Rumsey formed Flora v. Fauna. Sara Lund formed Hungry Ghost with Andrew Price from the Irving Klaw Trio as well as joining the The Corin Tucker Band. In 2012 Brandt Sandeno and Justin Trosper formed Survival Knife...Unwound have been cited as an influence by many contemporary underground artists, including most notably Blonde Redhead, Mineral, xbxrx, Cave In and ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead -[Wiki]
Post-hardcore greats Unwound split 10 years ago, but not without leaving a significant mark on the landscape. Those who missed or still miss their live show, can be there vicariously through Live Leaves. Originally slated for release in 2002, the record was culled from shows during the tour for their final LP, 2001's Leaves Turn Inside You. Check out the tracklisting and live video below, and order yours via Kill Rock Stars.

No word on any sort of return to the stage, but until then you can hear the frontman's thoughts on the live material below.

Continue reading "Unwound release oft-delayed live LP"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Superchunk Mac/Florence & the Machine
Florence and the Machine

"The DeLuna Stage was set up on the beach, facing away from the Pensacola pier that stretches into the Gulf of Mexico. On the opposite side of the beach looking back was actually the Heritage Stage, a stage filled with the sounds of New Orleans jazz music. The quarters weren't as sprawling as Hangout [Festival in Alabama], but the Windcreek Stage location, in the adjacent parking lot, made for a much easier human traffic flow between the two primary stages. That concrete often kept the festival from feeling like it was intended, but its proximity also kept fans from missing anything from the weekend's largest acts.

Then, the setup allowed for unrestricted access to the ocean. So, you give and you take.

NBC Sports sponsored a "sports bar," lined with no fewer than 10 HD flat screens. The welcome addition allowed a region which loves college football to lounge near the beach and catch their favorite team on Saturday. Alabama's pay-per-view contest against Florida Atlantic was not carried, but most other national broadcasts were, including Auburn's near-miss against LSU." [Birmingham News]

Florida beach music festival, Deluna Fest, wrapped up its third year back on Sunday, 9/23. If you've been following along, you already saw a big set from the first day, the Bad Brains shots, Joy Formidable, and the rest of the pictures from the second day. Now here's our final set of pictures which include Bob Mould (who also played with the Foo Fighters the night before), the Corin Tucker Band (who then toured her way to NYC for two shows), The Wallflowers, Fitz & the Tantrums (who are on the soundtrack to the new movie "Butter"), Superchunk (whose frontman has a show coming up at Mercury Lounge), and Florence & the Machine. Check out the rest of the pictures and a Mould video, below...

Continue reading "Deluna Fest 2012 in pics (day 3 w/ Bob Mould, Superchunk, Corin Tucker, Fitz, Florence & the Machine & more)"

A$AP Rocky at MHOW, August 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Twin Shadow

tonight in NYC
* Choro Trio @ Barbes
* Mecanica Popular @ Barbes
* Avicii @ Radio City Music Hall
* Rondi Charleston @ Joe's Pub
* Henry Grimes Trio @ The Stone
* Snoop Dogg @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Gotye, Zammuto @ Williamsburg Park
* Lips, Evil J, Saint Cecilia @ The Flat
* Burlesque Festival @ The Bell House
* Julian Velard w/ Charlene Kaye @ Joe's Pub
* Twin Shadow, Niki & The Dove @ Webster Hall
* Friends, Phone Tag, Lorna Dune @ 285 Kent Avenue
* The Milk Carton Kids, Brendan Hines @ 92YTribeca
* Artl, Man Benu, Winter Family, Sunmoon @ Zebulon
* Vacationer, Ghost Beach, Lovelife @ Cameo Gallery
* Chris Cohen, Blanche Blanche Blanche @ Glasslands
* The Corin Tucker Band, Ideal Forms @ Mercury Lounge
* Crinkles, WIN WIN, Widow, Delicate Cutters @ Pianos
* A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown & Schoolboy Q @ Roseland
* Lymbyc Systym, Spaces, Prism House @ Public Assembly
* Gossip, Magic Mouth, Bonnie Montgomery @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Riverwild, The Yes Way, The Midnight Hollow @ Union Pool
* Two Door Cinema Club, Guards @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Denzels, Half Day, Sea Monsters, Sleepies @ Shea Stadium
* John Talabot, Pional, Blondes, JDH & Dave P @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Valley Lodge, States and Kingdoms, Geoffrey Rickly @ Saint Vitus
* Judah Friedlander, Matt Koff, Andy Rocco, Mikey Roohan @ UCB East
* The Great & Terrible, Chamber Band, Colorform, Duane @ Cake Shop
* Akio Suzuki, Gozo Yoshimasu, Otomo Yoshihide @ Abrons Art Center
* Brother Ali, Blank Tape Beloved, Homeboy Sandman @ Bowery Ballroom
* Future Shuttle, Sun Araw, Sinkane, Weyes Blood, Deep Magic @ Death By Audio
* Skeletonwitch, Havok, Early Graves, Mutilation Rights @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Osos Locos, Grey Sky Appeal, Hand Job Academy, & People With Teeth @ Tamany Hall

Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker, who recently played AV Fest in Chicago is on tour and playing two NYC shows this week. The first is at Mercury Lounge tonight with Ideal Forms. Tickets are still available.

Magic Mouth, on tour with the Gossip and opening for them at Brooklyn Bowl tonight, are Corin Tucker's favorite new artist. Listen to their song "Believer" below.

Tonight's Two Door Cinema Club show at Music Hall of Williamsburg will be streamed live tonight via Bowery Presents' YouTube channel.

The NY Art Book Fair begins tonight and runs through Sunday at MoMA PS1.

The DUMBO Arts Festival begins on Friday.

Das Racist's show at Irving Plaza tonight was postponed to October 15.

Gotye headlines Williamsburg Park tonight. Check out our pictures from the Radio City show.

No matter what show you end up at tonight, you can probably still catch the live set by John Talabot at LPR because doors aren't until 11pm.

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French DJ/producer (and soft rock lover) Breakbot has finally released his debut album, By Your Side, which came out this week overseas on the Because label (Metronomy, Django Django). No North American release date for it, but you can check out the stylish clip for single "One Out of Two" below.

In case you missed it, Joey Ramone (RIP) has a new video. The PR points out:

Award-winning filmmaker Greg Jardin directed the innovative, groundbreaking stop motion film, which includes over 1600 photographs taken throughout New York City, and boasts cameos by dozens of New Yorkers, including some of Joey Ramone's closest friends and family.
Jardin enlisted over 100 participants to appear in the video, ranging from Tommy Ramone, celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain, acclaimed musicians and denizens of the punk scene (Andy Shernoff of the Dictators, Matt & Kim, Andrew WK, Reggie Watts, members of Les Savy Fav, The Drums, and the Flatbush Zombies; JP Patterson, Ricky Byrd, Tish & Snooky Bellomo, and legendary photographer Godlis), stars of television's 30 Rock (Scott Adsit, John Lutz and Kristen Schaal), Ramones' producer Ed Stasium, and Joey Ramone's brother, musician and author Mickey Leigh.

Watch "New York City" below.

What else?

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Corin Tucker

While her ex-Sleater-Kinney bandmates have been keeping very busy in Wild Flag, Corin Tucker has kept quiet since the release of her 2010 solo album, 1,000 Years. She just announced that she'll follow that album with Kill My Blues which is due out September 18 via Kill Rock Stars. The album was done with the Corin Tucker band, which includes Sara Lund (Unwound), Mike Clark (Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks), and Seth Lorinczi (Golden Bears). Check out the tracklist below.

The Corin Tucker Band will be touring in support of the album this September, coming to NYC for two shows: Mercury Lounge on September 27 and The Bell House on September 29. Tickets for those shows are not on sale yet, but check ticketmaster and ticketweb for updates.

Meanwhile, you can catch Wild Flag playing a free show in Prospect Park on August 3 with Mission of Burma.

A list of all dates, the album tracklist, and a video of "Riley" from 1,000 Years, below...

Continue reading "Corin Tucker releasing 'Kill My Blues,' touring (dates)"

"heading to NYC to play the PORTLANDIA premiere!" - The Thermals

"OMG just saw Carrie Brownstein at the airport SHE'S ON OUR FLIGHT!!!" - The Thermals

"whoa there's a lot of sluts on this flight. c u in NYC!" - The Thermals

"good flight. I finally learned what the mile high club is. I always thought it meant getting stoned in Denver" - The Thermals

The Thermals @ 2009 Pitchfork Fest (more by Joseph Xu)
The Thermals

"Allow us to introduce you (against their wishes) to Forbidden Friends!

Forbidden Friends is part secret society, part torrid love affair. The kind of experience you cherish, yet would kill to keep secret. Well as of this moment the secret is OUT. You can wash your dirty sheets as many times as you want, but once the world knows all your steamy indiscretions there's no going back! Might as well post all your (formerly) deep, dark secrets as your next status update. Forbidden Friends may have hoped to keep their little club private, but it's too late now! The gossips have spoken and won. Let's tell EVERYBODY. Please help us!

Forbidden Friends is a new band from Hutch Harris, lead singer and mastermind of The Thermals, Portland's last great post-pop-punk-power trio. Initially conceived as a way for lovers to send hidden messages in plain view (isn't there an app for that?), Forbidden Friends is now a legitimate, public work of art. The band is at once old fashioned (acoustic instruments, mono mixes), forward thinking (reference-less, incredibly danceable), and timeless (classic lyrical themes of love and desire.)

Forbidden Friends will release their debut single, "Tiny Hands", on the Kill Rock Stars label March 15, 2011, on vinyl (7") and digital download. It is accompanied by the b-side "For You". Harris played the basic instruments (drums, guitar, bass, vocals), and was assisted in the studio by his fellow Thermals Kathy Foster and Westin Glass, as well as Michael Lerner of Telekinesis, on percussion. Both songs are truly upbeat and fun, and are the perfect introduction to this exciting new band." [Kill Rock Stars]

Forbidden Friends have no upcoming live dates, but (not counting the private party that Hutch has been tweeting about - see the top of this post) The Thermals do, as do Portlandia guest stars and Thermals' Kill Rock Stars label-mates Corin Tucker and the Decemberists.

Portlandia, starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, premieres on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM ET/PT on IFC, but you can watch it now in the video embedded below.

The Thermals, after the Portlandia party (1/19), have some dates scheduled on the west coast followed by a European tour with The Coathangers. Their list of dates, and Carrie's new band Wild Flag's updated set of dates, and pretty much every upcoming Kill Rock Stars-artist tour date currently listed by the label, is below...

Continue reading "Hutch of the Thermals forms new band 'Forbidden Friends' (Thermals playing a Portlandia party in NYC & other dates)"

"People on the subway are staring at my scabs"
A Taste of New York

Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig, and Jim Carrey performed as "A Taste of New York" on Saturday Night Live this past weekend (on 1/8). A Taste of New York is an "authentic" band from "an area between Avenue B & Avenue C" in New York City. And though Holy Sons are from the West Coast, we have learned that the sketch/song was inspired by new Holy Sons song "A Chapter Must Be Closed" from the recent Survivalist Tales. Fred Armisen watched the video for the song and the rest is history. Compare/contrast the videos below.

Musical duo The Black Keys also played Saturday Night Live on 1/8, a few days before they appeared on the Colbert Report with Ezra. Video of both songs they played are below too.


Musical duo Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein (ex Sleater-Kinney, current Wild Flag) go way back. Their Thunderant series of videos have been making the rounds online for years, and so it's pretty awesome that they've landed a "6-part IFC Original short-based comedy series" called Portlandia which premieres on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM ET/PT on IFC. "Each episode's character-based shorts draw viewers into "Portlandia," the creators' dreamy and absurd rendering of Portland, Oregon."

An assortment of guest stars inhabit PORTLANDIA, including Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Sex & The City), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Selma Blair (Legally Blonde, Hellboy), Heather Graham (The Hangover), Edie McClurg (Ferris Bueller's Day Off), Kumail Nanjiani (Michael & Michael Have Issues), Jason Sudeikis (SNL, The Cleveland Show), and Gus Van Sant (Milk). Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann also guest stars, alongside James Mercer (The Shins), and local Portland musicians Jenny Conlee and Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) and Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney).
Wild Flag is touring in March. Some very funny "Portlandia" videos, and everything else mentioned above, below...

Continue reading "Fred Armisen inpired by Holys Sons for SNL sketch, pairs w/ Carrie Brownstein for new IFC show 'Portlandia'"

by BBG

I have it on good authority that...
Corin Tucker had more than one leg at Bowery Ballroom... (photo by killerfemme)
Corin Tucker

The Corin Tucker Band played Maxwell's on 10/23 (with Screaming Females) and Bowery Ballroom on 10/26 as part of a short leg of East Coast dates in support of the new LP 1,000 Years. The shows were part of Tucker's first tour in the East since selling out Webster Hall with Sleater-Kinney in 2006 as part of the band's final leg of dates before going on hiatus. Flanked by a supporting cast of Sara Lund of Unwound and Seth Lorinczi of Golden Bears, Tucker's new project won over the crowd at Bowery with a combination of bombast and tranquility:

At Tuesday night's show, the turned-to-11 jams (like "Riley" and "Doubt," the latter of which sounds the most like Sleater-Kinney) got the biggest reactions, but Tucker's quieter moments were the most stunning. The band paused for a brief acoustic interlude (including strings) for runs through gorgeously-arranged new epics like "It's Always Summer" and "Dragon," both of which began small and swelled to surprising crescendos. "Miles Away," which opened Tucker's encore and features little more than her gentle, dynamic voice and a rolling piano riff, is lovely on the album but became a full-blooded torch song on stage. Sleater-Kinney's songs mostly all swirl and no release, but Tucker's new approach seems to be about resolution. -[MTV]
Meanwhile Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney have a promising new band of their own called Wild Flag also featuring Rebecca Cole (the Minders) and Mary Timony (Helium, Autoclave, Soft Power). The band will record their debut LP for Merge Records and tour on a larger scale in 2011, but so far have only scheduled a handful of West Coast dates (below).

And in case Wild Flag and The Corin Tucker Band just don't do it for you, take comfort in the fact that Tucker also recently told the Seattle Weekly the following in response to questions about a Sleater-Kinney reunion: "We're all still friends and we have talked about doing Sleater-Kinney in the future again... I'm hopeful that that will happen."

The Corin Tucker Band's 1,000 Years is out now via Kill Rock Stars. Video from Tucker's Maxwell's and Bowery Ballroom sets are below, along with all Wild Flag dates...

Continue reading "Corin Tucker's band played NYC, Wild Flag hopefully will soon"

Corin Tucker Band

Corin Tucker on "Jesus Etc.": On the One Beat tour, I remember driving, and that's all Carrie [Brownstein] and Janet [Weiss] would listen to [laughs]. My god, that record played over and over and over again. We would just drive to the next show and listen to that record. We all loved it, and we didn't always agree on what to listen to in the van.

Pitchfork: Was there anything else that all three of you would agree on?

Corin: We all liked to listen to Led Zeppelin. We would just go through the whole catalog [laughs]. We all liked that. We all liked Belle & Sebastian. [5-10-15-20]

Sleater Kinney's Corin Tucker will be touring with Sara Lund of Unwound and Seth Lorinczi of Golden Bears (aka The Corin Tucker Band) in support of Corin's debut, 1,000 Years, due October 5th on Kill Rock Stars. A picture of the band is below.

They hit the road this October. The trip includes a Tuesday, October 26th show at Bowery Ballroom with Portland's Hungry Ghost. Tickets are on sale. All dates below.

Corin talked to the Portland Mercury about the sound of the new record...

How would you describe the sound of the record, particularly in comparison to Sleater-Kinney?

I think some of the songs are in the ballpark. It's definitely my voice and my songwriting style. But like I said, it's different instrumentation on some of the songs and a different collaboration. Seth's producing and arranging things, so that's different, too. It may be more traditional with some of the arrangements. [via Sleater-Kinney.net]

That's the cover above. All tour dates, tracklist and some Corin solo videos are below...

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