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Olympia, Washington, United States (1994 – 2006)

Sleater-Kinney was a band which formed in 1994 in Olympia, Washington, United States. The band’s most prominent lineup was Corin Tucker (vocals, guitar), Carrie Brownstein (vocals, guitar) and Janet Weiss (drums). Before Weiss, the band had a succession of drummers, including Lora Macfarlane, Misty Farrell and Toni Gogin.

The group’s name is derived from Sleater Kinney Road, Interstate 5 off ramp #108 in Lacey, Washington, the location of one of their early practice spaces. They formed in and were a vital part of the and scenes in Washington, although they later relocated to Portland, Oregon. Throughout its existence the band was often noted by critics for its “anthemic” message, its willingness to reinvent the musical palette of punk rock, and its consistency in producing highly acclaimed albums.

Corin Tucker had previously been a member of Heavens To Besty (and would form the side project Cadillaca while a member of Sleater-Kinney), and Brownstein had been a member Excuse 17 (and, like Tucker, formed a side project, The Spells, while still a member of Sleater-Kinney). Weiss, a member of Quasi, and later Motorgoat and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, became the band’s drummer in 1996. The band released seven albums, “Sleater-Kinney” (1995), “Call the Doctor” (1996), “Dig Me Out” (1997), “The Hot Rock” (1999), “All Hands on the Bad One” (2000), “One Beat” (2002) and “The Woods” (2005) before disbanding in 2006, with the members going on to pursue other projects.


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  • skeletocat

    yeah i guess it did, but the woods did it on another level (the hot rock is underrated imo and my personal fav)

    11 Mar 11:20am Reply
  • itfrozeme

    The Hot Rock already did that years before The Woods. "i feel ppl limit sleater-kinney by saying 'one of the best rior grrrl bands' because as the woods shows they are indeed something much much more. "

    8 Mar 5:37pm Reply
  • abfdrumz

    So unpolished, or so you THINK. Still in awe.

    4 Mar 4:00am Reply
  • skeletocat

    apparently carrie's been hanging out in dave fridmann's studio?

    16 Feb 8:23am Reply
  • kissesneverdie


    11 Feb 11:54pm Reply
  • CaulfieldNStop

    holy shit, i'm in love with these girls.

    20 Jan 5:58pm Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    So I always liked Corin, but after watching Portlandia I've fallen head over heels in love with Carrie. When she smiles, I melt.

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • David-Haller

    I want a reunion tour ! [5]

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • TheMukeyM

    I want a reunion tour ! [4]

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • letsbolt

    always and forever

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • zapfino

    I want a reunion tour ! [3]

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • NewBeatniks

    i feel ppl limit sleater-kinney by saying 'one of the best rior grrrl bands' because as the woods shows they are indeed something much much more. [2]

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • windowview

    They can't go away forever!

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • uhohspagettio

    I want a reunion tour ! [2]

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • natalielala

    Today I discovered this incredible fucking awesome band. Much too late, but I'm very thankful I discovered them anyway!

    5 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Considerables

    Fuck, this is actually good.

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
  • junkie-byproxy

    This is a great song from them. I like the vocal over laps and the drums. Corins voice in top form too.

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • tlukes123

    If it wasn't for Portlandia I wouldn't be checking out the band. Now the music skits on the show totally make sense.

    24 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Bayou16

    I want a reunion tour !

    19 Jul 2013 Reply
  • haggard666

    Calling Sleater-Kinney riot grrrl is like calling Fugazi hardcore punk.

    27 Jun 2013 Reply
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