Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": riot grrrl indie rock indie female vocalists rock punk alternative Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This potent feminist punk rock band was formed in 1994 in Olympia, Washington, by Carrie Brownstein (27 September 1974, USA; guitar/vocals) and Corin Tucker (b. 9 November 1972, Eugene, Oregon, USA; guitar/vocals). Tucker had previously played in the Heavens To Betsy, who only released one album but were an integral part of the radical feminist ‘riot-grrrl’ movement of the 90s. She met Brownstein while enquiring about the grass-roots feminist network in Olympia after a local show. Brownstein formed her own band, Excuse 17, before becoming Tucker’s short-term lover and forming Sleater-Kinney (naming the band after a nearby road). Their edgy twin-guitar sound was, ironically, picked up by archetypal male rock critics Greil Marcus and Robert Christgau, bringing the band to the attention of an American music press still championing the ‘riot-grrrl’ movement. Having established themselves as an explosive live act, the band recorded two albums...

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