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Sleater-Kinney

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Sleater-Kinney are a punk rock trio from Olympia, Washington influenced by the riot grrrl movement of the 1990s. The band's name derives from exit 106 ("Sleater Kinney road") on the Interstate 5 expressway ("I-5") between Seattle and Portland.

The long-time critical darlings emerged from a series of other bands with their self-titled debut, Sleater Kinney on Chainsaw Records in 1995 and continued with more acclaimed albums like Call the Doctor (1996) and Dig Me Out (1997). 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. Their next few albums pushed the band towards mainstream listeners, culminating in 2002's One Beat. The band, however, has remained fiercely faithful to their indie rock and feminist roots. All of their albums since Call the Doctor have been released through the independent record label Kill Rock Stars. Their seventh album, The Woods, has been released on Sub Pop Records.

The band was founded by Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein. Currently, Janet Weiss (of Quasi) is the band's drummer. Both Carrie and Corin play guitar. Although Sleater-Kinney has no bass player, Corin does play tuned down several steps, often filling the same role as a bass guitar player would. Corin Tucker was formerly in the influential Riot Grrrl band Heavens to Betsy. Carrie was formerly in the queercore band Excuse Seventeen. At present, as well as performing with Sleater Kinney, Corin also performs with Cadallaca with Sarah Dougher (formerly of The Lookers). In a recent interview, however, Corin told the public "not to hold [their] breath for a new Cadallaca album."

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