Carrie Rachel Brownstein (born September 27, 1974) is a musician, writer, and actress. She's notable for being the vocalist and guitarist for Sleater-Kinney before (and after) forming the supergroup Wild Flag with her old bandmate Janet Weiss, Mary Timony (of Helium and Autoclave) and Rebecca Cole (of the Minders). She is also know for being the co-creater, co-writer and co-star of the sketch comedy Portlandia along with Fred Armisen.
Carrie Brownstein displays examples of:
- Bi the Way: Was outed by a Spin article in the 90s.
- Improv: Says to "think in terms of improvisation" as she would regularly improvise musically onstage with Sleater-Kinney which in turn helped her with the mostly improvised high jinks of Thunder Ant and Portlandia.
- Renaissance Woman: Acting, songwriting, sketch-writing, guitar playing, she has maintained a blog for NPR Music, was an interviewer for The Believer magazine and has written a memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl. Her pen has always kept busy.
- Riot Grrrl: Her early band Excuse 17 was an active part in the scene
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Fred Armisen. She calls it "one of the most intimate, functional, romantic, but nonsexual relationships [she's] ever had".