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Music: Sleater-Kinney
Left to right: Corin Tucker, Janet Weiss, and Carrie Brownstein.

Sleater-Kinney were an Alternative Rock band heavily associated with the Riot Grrrl scene. They were the longest-lasting band in that scene, forming in 1994 and breaking up going on from hiatus in 2006 to 2014.

The band was formed in Olympia, Washingtonnote  by guitarists/vocalists Corin Tucker (formerly of Heavens to Betsy) and Carrie Brownstein (formerly of Excuse 17). They named themselves after the Sleater-Kinney Road in Lacey, Washington, where their first practice space was. Their drummer for the first two albums was Lora MacFarlane, who was replaced in 1997 by Janet Weiss. This lineup lasted until the end of their career.

While Sleater-Kinney began as a more-or-less typical Riot Grrrl band, they distinguished themselves from the start by lacking a bassist - the role was more or less fulfilled by Tucker's downtuned rhythm guitar. With 1997's Dig Me Out, they started Growing the Beard and experimenting with their style; their new, more melodic and complex sound received much critical acclaim.

Since their hiatus, Corin Tucker now has a solo career going, while Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss are in the Supergroup Wild Flag alongside Mary Timony (formerly of Helium and Team Sleep) and Rebecca Cole. Brownstein has a long career as a writer, dating back to when she was a staff writer for The Believer magazine while still a member of the band. She wrote the popular blog Monitor Mix for NPR for several years and can currently be seen in Portlandia, a sketch comedy show she co-created, co-writes and co-stars in with Fred Armisen.

The band reunited in 2014 for a new album, No Cities to Love (to be released in 2015), and tour.


  • 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)
  • The Woods (2005)
  • No Cities to Love (2015)

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alternative title(s): Sleater Kinney
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