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Biography

  • Years Active

    1994 – present (25 years)

  • Founded In

    Olympia, Thurston County, Washington, United States

  • Members

    • Carrie Brownstein (1994 – present)
    • Corin Tucker (1994 – present)
    • Janet Weiss (1996 – 2019)
    • Laura MacFarlane (1994 – 1996)
    • Misty Farrell (1994 – 1994)
    • Toni Gogin (1994 – 1994)

Sleater-Kinney are a band which formed in 1994 in Olympia, Washington, United States. The band's lineup is 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 Cadallaca 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.

Corin Tucker formed Corin Tucker Band in 2010, and provided backing vocals to Eddie Vedder's "Into the Wild" soundtrack album in 2008. Brownstein, who had written for "The Believer" and "Slate" while still in the band, became a writer for NPR. Her blog, Monitor Mix, was active from 2007 to 2010. Brownstein and Weiss also formed the band Wild Flag in 2010 and created, co-wrote and co-starred in the sketch comedy series "Portlandia" which began airing on IFC in early 2011.

In October 2014, it was revealed the band had recorded a new album, No Cities to Love, later released on January 20, 2015.

In January 2017 the band released their first live album, Live in Paris, recorded at La Cigale on March 20, 2015. As of January 2018 the band is working on their follow-up to No Cities to Love, though Brownstein has said that they're "going to do this very slowly".

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