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Sleater-Kinney at the Empire

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Sacramento has a new live music venue in the midtown area. It’s called the Empire, and I went there for the first time the other night to see Sleater-Kinney. The place has the size and location to make it a good draw for national acts that have a hard time filling an arena or large auditorium, but still need more than a couple hundred paid admissions to make a profit.

Sleater-Kinney was great. This was my first time seeing them live. I had tickets to see them last year, but got sick the day of the show. I’m glad I got a second chance.

The band is made up of two guitarists, Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker, and drummer Janet Weiss. They have been playing together for about a decade, and have recorded some great music. The ladies rock live.

I’ve never seen a crowd with so many women wearing glasses. It was kinda sexy. There were even some kids in the audience, as it was an “all ages” show.

My only gripes were that the sound quality sucked, but that’s true of most bands playing before a crowd of more than 50 people, and that the band didn’t interact with the audience. The only words I heard anyone in the band say were “thank you” after the applause for a couple of songs and also after being called back for an encore or “turn up my monitor” to the crew. I like to feel some connection with a band, when I see them live. That usually takes some small talk from the artist. Otherwise, I could stay home and listen to a recording.

Despite the lack of conversation, I would highly recommend Sleater-Kinney for anyone that likes alt-rock, or whatever category people want to classify them with. See them live, if you get the chance, or download their music and see what you missed.

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  • ert

    huh. i saw Sleater-Kinney at the Great American Music Hall in SF about three years ago, and while Corin didn’t have much to say, Carrie made a lot of between song banter and was really funny. her and Janet both, crack ups.

    maybe they weren’t in the mood.

  • Eric Olsen

    statistics show that female bands suffer much greater incidence of PMS than male bands

  • I’m always running into parts of Sleater-Kinney when I shop at Zupan’s. Sometimes, it seems Portland has too many semi-famous folks. (The truly famous relocate to L.A., if they’re music biz. Though, after the shine wore off, Gus van Zant is back.)

    Out here in the Pacific Northwest, S/L has gotten past the ‘girl band’ label. I don’t know if that travels, though. I am also curious to see what happens when they turn 40. Since they were never selling sex appeal, will it matter?

  • thanks for the write-up. i’ve been itching to seem them for a while but have yet to get the chance.