April 17, 2015.
The show was sold-out.
I was almost in the front row, but the crowd was dense. It was dark and grey outside; it had just stopped raining, but it looked nowhere near finished. This would not be a concern, except A) this was an outdoor show and B) there were over 100 people at this show.
Nonetheless, I was excited. I was about to see Sleater-Kinney, a band that I have loved since the 6th grade. The rock group, from Washington, features Carrie Brownstein of Portlandia fame, guitarist Corin Tucker and renowned drummer Janet Weiss, and has been lauded by critics such as Robert Christgau and Greil Marcus as one of the most essential rock groups of the late 90s / early 2000s. The band’s initial run between 1994 to 2005 produced 7 albums. However, they announced a hiatus in 2006. That is, until they reunited in 2014 and released “No Cities to Love.”
I bought tickets to see the band in December and now, here I was, amidst the poncho-clad crowd. I watched the opening band, the Seattle-based R&B duo THEESatisfaction, perform as it drizzled outside. People waited for hours in the rain for a spot near the stage.
Sleater-Kinney opened the show with Price Tag and from then on, delivered an explosive live show featuring songs from all over their discography. The crowd was singing along and dancing to the music (or at least trying to dance; the crowd was absolutely packed.) My personal favorite songs that were performed were “Entertain” and “Jumpers.”
After the 18-song set, the band came out to a roaring crowd for a five song encore. When the song finally ended at 11 p.m., I felt so satisfied, like I crossed an item off my bucket list.
After the show, my friends and I went across the street to Cheer Up Charlie’s, where Karaoke Underground was hosting a karaoke night where the entirety of “Dig Me Out” was performed. While there, I met Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker, which was almost as good as the show to be quite honest.
(Another fun fact: Elijah Wood was spotted at the show!)
For more photos, Brooklyn Vegan Austin covered the show as well.