“It’s not the weather, it’s the people we love.”
Corin Tucker (lead vocals, guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitars, vocals), and drummer Janet Weiss rocked The Pageant in what proved to be a wild night for Sleater-Kinney fans. Their tour promotes No Cities to Love, their first album in nearly a decade, and brings their 90′s riot-grrrl sound on the road and into the country’s greatest sounding rooms, something longtime fans never thought would be reality.
Their 90 minute set was pure rock and roll gold, balanced with favorites from previous releases and newer material. Corin Tucker emotes every lyric to the fullest while Weiss steadies the rowdy back-and-forth guitar shredding. Brownstein, the celebrity of the trio due to her sketch comedy work on Portlandia, is a dynamo on guitar and vocals, karate-kicking the air in case there was ever any doubt that she kicks all of the ass.
Sleater-Kinney capped the night with a four-song encore, including “Gimme Love” and “Modern Girl.” As a lyric from their title track suggests, “It’s not the weather, it’s the people we love!” St. Louis peoples love you too, Sleater-Kinney.
Sub Pop labelmates THEESatisfaction opened the room with 45 minutes of signature afro-soul hip hop playing from a laptop as rappers Catherine Harris-White and Stasia Irons synchronized both lyrically and choreographically. - Elizabeth Fleitz