Thursday, August 03, 2006

Sleater-Kinney Is Dead; Long Live Sleater-Kinney


It is a dark day. Well, technically the day was some time ago, but still. According to The Village Voice (and MTV, and others, of course), they're calling it quits:
Here's the statement they put up on their website: "After eleven years as a band, Sleater-Kinney has decided to go on indefinite hiatus. The upcoming summer shows will be our last. As of now, there are no future plans for future tours or recordings."

I praised the band in previous posts (Everybody Loves Sleater-Kinney But You and More Sleater-Kinney) for not following the traditional career trajectory into boredom and predictability, as so often happens. So maybe they've chosen to dissolve now, rather than sell out that way. As bold as the album The Woods was, and as sad as this move is, this is even more brave.

And there's not much notice here, well, barely an hour, but they're playing a concert tonight (Thu., Aug. 3) that's being webcast by NPR at 9:00 p.m. ET. Hopefully it will be archived for all you people that read this after the fact.

Also note that you can find videos - both live performances and produced videos - at YouTube.


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