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LIVE: SLEATER-KINNEY – November 4, 2019

| 8 November 2019 | Reply

Venue: The Majestic Theatre

City: Detroit, MI

Date: November 4, 2019

Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (

Sleater-Kinney recently dropped a killer disc with eleven great tracks and announced a tour to support the effort.  I was excited at the opportunity to see this band bring all the fun, energy, and great songs to a stage in Detroit  To kick off the evening, opener Joseph Keckler performed to backing tracks and a video screen; his voice is amazing and his delivery grabbed your attention from the minute he hit the stage and ran through his short set.  Soon the stage was readied for Sleater-Kinney and you could feel the anticipation grow in the audience as the moment came for founding band members Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker to take the stage and deliver hits and new songs that the excited audience was more than ready to hear.  Not a band to follow trends, they hit the crowd with two new tracks – the opening tracks on the latest release The Center Won’t Hold – when they broke into the title track and “Hurry On Home.”  Next up was a great rendition of “Price Tag” that seemed to kick the show into gear.  The lighting came up on stage, the smiles from Brownstein were abundant and lead vocals from Tucker were spot on.  The energy flowed from the stage, wove its way through and across the crowd and returned to the stage with more intensity.  Another new track, “The Future Is Here,” followed and started a pattern that would ring throughout the set, as they performed all eleven songs from the new disc as part of their 27 track set.  While not typical of a live show, Sleater-Kinney is far from a typical band.  Their sound and energy live is as powerful and infectious as it is on their catalog.  Hearing older classics such as “Start Together” and “All Hands On The Bad One” blended with new favorites “Ruins” and “Love” made for an interesting evening.  The set closed out with a powerful one-two punch of “Youth Decay” and “Dig Me Out.”  While I was slightly familiar with their older material, this performance prompted me to go online and order the back catalog for my CD collection; I cannot wait to swirl the Sleater-Kinney legacy and catalog into my typically metal mix.  If you get the opportunity and want to check out a high energy night of great rock and roll, check the bands tour dates and get your ass to a show – you just mind find yourself online ordering a disc or two as well.

Setlist: The Center Won’t Hold – Hurry On Home – Price Tag – The Future Is Here – Jumpers – Reach Out – Bury Our Friends – RUINS – What’s Mine Is Yours – Ironclad – One More Hour – Bad Dance – Start Together – Restless – The Fox – LOVE – All Hands on the Bad One – Can I Go On – A New Wave – Animal – The Dog/The Body – Entertain – Broken – Words and Guitar – Modern Girl – Youth Decay – Dig Me Out

Band Members: Carrie Brownstein (guitar / lead vocals) – Corin Tucker (lead vocals / guitar)

Touring musicians: Katie Harkin (guitar, keyboards, percussion) – Toko Yasuda (keyboards) – Angie Boylan (drums)






Category: Live Reviews, Photo Galleries

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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