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Interview with Sleater-Kinney’s Janet Weiss

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Formed in Olympia, Washington in 1994, Sleater-Kinney became indie rock titans on the strength of seven acclaimed albums filled with vibrant, punk-inflected songs punctuated with topical lyrics. The trio of Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss earned widespread critical praise and legions of devoted fans before announcing in 2006 that the band would go on indefinite hiatus.

In the years that followed, all three members participated in other musical projects, and Brownstein achieved a different level of fame by co-creating and co-starring in the sketch comedy show Portlandia. But Sleater-Kinney delighted fans in 2014 by announcing their return, and in January 2015 they released the album No Cities To Love, their first new music in a decade. The band will be touring through the spring, and is scheduled to play Kansas City’s Uptown Theater on Sunday, April 26. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com.

The Bridge recently talked with Janet Weiss, the band’s drummer, about why this was the right time for Sleater-Kinney’s return, how the band managed to create one of the best albums of its career, and what it has been like to engage with a new generation of fans.

 

 

Michael Atchison’s writing has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times, The Providence Phoenix and many other places. He is the author of two books, True Sons: A Century of Missouri Tigers Basketball and the novel XL, which is available from Amazon. He’s on Twitter at @MichaelAtchison.