Vulnerability Becomes Strength When Sleater-Kinney Takes D.C.

Sleater-Kinney at the 9:30 Club in DC, 2-24-15
Sleater-Kinney at the 9:30 Club in DC, 2-24-15

YouTube can take you from Sleater-Kinney’s early days of playing record stores in the ‘90s to their last concert in Portland in 2006. Audiences for the No Cities to Love Tour have also been posting new Sleater-Kinney videos.

Of course, the quality varies. But the appeal of these videos is their rawness which mirrors the rawness onstage: the catharsis of emotion, the personal and political assertions of self. Recent videos of the No Cities to Love tour also reflect a more orchestrated show, one with an emphasis on stage lighting and design, wardrobe, even stage moves.

Still, there’s also evidence that Tucker, Brownstein, and Weiss defy any style without substance as they electrify with performances of “Entertain” and “Jumpers”.

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