At this point, Carrie Brownstein is probably best known as a comedian, she being half of the wildly successful Portlandia duo. But prior to Portlandia, Brownstein rocked out hard in the band Sleater-Kinney, a trio of women who released seven incredible albums during the ’90s and 2000s before amicably splitting up to work on other projects. If you're following any music blogs, you've probably already seen the news: Sleater-Kinney are now back together after close to a decade away, they have a new album coming out, and they just released its first single. The best news? That it's as good as ever.
Sleater-Kinney started out as part of the ’90s riot grrrl scene, a feminist punk movement with some awesome songs and screeched lyrics like, "All girls should have a real man / Should I buy it? I don't wanna." The band eventually moved toward more of an indie rock sound, but they generally maintained the same formula of sweet guitars and a wild vocal interplay between Brownstein and lead singer Corin Tucker, whose wailing vocals could give Sleater-Kinney's songs an epic quality. Their new song, "Bury Our Friends," is just about all of those things all over again, so it's super catchy and pretty hard not to enjoy.
Their new album is called No Cities to Love and comes out in January. In case you've missed out on Sleater-Kinney's decade of albums, we've put together a quick playlist that runs from their first album through their last to help you catch up: