Sleater-Kinney came crashing out of the ’90s Pacific Northwest rock scene, setting a new bar for punk’s political insight and emotional impact. Hailed as “America’s best rock band” by Greil Marcus in Time and as “America’s best punk band ever. EVER.” by Rob Sheffield in Rolling Stone, the band put out seven searing albums in 10 years before going on indefinite hiatus in 2006. Almost a decade later, the trio – guitarists/vocalists Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein and drummer Janet Weiss – came back to togther for 2015’s No Cities to Love. The band make their Austin City Limits debut performing songs from throughout their legendary career.
Sleater-Kinney’s decade apart made room for family and other fruitful collaborations, as well as an understanding of what the band’s singular chemistry demands. “Creativity is about where you want your blood to flow, because in order to something meaningful and powerful there has to be life inside of it,” says Brownstein. “Sleater-Kinney isn’t somethign you can do half-assed or half-heartedly. We have to really want it. This band requires a certain desperation, a direness. We have to be willing to push because the entity that is this band will push right back.”
Their first album in nearly ten years, No Cities to Love debuted at 18 on the Billboard 200 chart and has received near universal acclaim. The New York Times hailed it as “the first great album of 2015, while The Guardian said it’s “a towering, fists-up record of thundering guitars and soaring hooks.”
EPISODE LISTSleater-Kinney / Heartless Bastards (41)
- Sleater-Kinney and Heartless Bastards rock ACL’s 41st season
- ACL announces second half of Season 41
- Sleater-Kinney wow ACL fans with 22-song set
- New tapings: Sleater-Kinney, Cassandra Wilson and Shakey Graves