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Sleater-Kinney

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Sleater-Kinney was a critically acclaimed, politically charged indie rock band. 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 music scene in Olympia, Washington, although they later moved to Portland, Oregon.

Upon Tucker's graduation from Evergreen State College (where Brownstein would remain a student for three more years), she and then-girlfriend Brownstein took a trip to Australia in early 1994. Their last day there, they stayed up all night recording what would become their self-titled debut, Sleater-Kinney . It was released the following spring. They followed this with Call the Doctor (1996) and Dig Me Out (1997), and became critical darlings as a result.

Their next few albums pushed the band towards mainstream listeners, culminating in 2002's One Beat. The group opened for Pearl Jam at many North American shows beginning in 2003, and the band cited the experience of playing to large arenas as part of the inspiration and motivation for the music found on their last album, The Woods. The Woods was released in 2005, and was a departure from the sound of their previous albums. In its place, The Woods featured a denser, heavily distorted sound that drew on classic rock as its inspiration.

Both Brownstein and Tucker played guitar. Although Sleater-Kinney had no bass player, both Tucker and Brownstein tuned their guitars one and a half steps down ("C# tuning"), and Tucker's tone and style enabled her to fill the same role as a bass guitar.

On June 27, 2006, the band announced an indefinite hiatus, stating there were "no plans for future tours or recordings." The band's last appearance was at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon on August 12, 2006. No explanation for the hiatus was given, but it is widely believed to be because Tucker wanted to concentrate on raising her child. In a May 2005 interview, Janet Weiss stated "Corin's hurdles were my biggest hurdles. Her pulling away from the band was the hardest thing for me as far as writing music. She said in a recent interview that she thinks about quitting every week - and that's heavy for me, 'cause this is all I want to do."

Tucker had previously hinted in interviews that Sleater-Kinney might become inactive soon. In a 2005 interview with Bust magazine, she was asked how she would handle touring when her young son started school, and she replied that she didn't even know if they would make another record after The Woods.

In 1998, the band recorded "Big Big Lights", the first split single (with Cypher in the Snow) in the series of recordings dealing with women's self-defense entitled Free to Fight, and released on Candy Ass Records.

Albums: Sleater-Kinney | Call The Doctor | Dig Me Out | The Hot Rock | All Hands on the Bad One | One Beat | The Woods

Singles: "You 'Ain't It!/Surf Song" | "One More Hour" | "Little Babies" | "A Quarter To Three" | "Get Up" | "You're No Rock 'n Roll Fun" | "Entertain" | "Jumpers"

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