After going on an indefinite hiatus almost a decade ago, Sleater-Kinney have come back with a vengeance. With this year’s release of No Cities To Love has come a slew of shows including a national tour that ends with a few festival stops. To kick off their comeback tour, Sleater-Kinney made their first appearance on Austin City Limits.
The trio that formed in Olympia, Washington took the ACL stage with a sort of confidence that stems from familiarity. While all three members were on fire throughout the entire set, Drummer Janet Weiss was notably on point. Her pounding energy was hard to look away from. Weiss counted off as the band started the set with “Price Tag,” the first song on their recent release. After playing “Fangless,” another promising track from No Cities to Love, they broke into the fun-loving “Oh!” The amount of Riot Grrrl power in the room was electrifying. Guitarist/singer Carrie Brownstein said what every person in the crowd wanted to hear, “this is one of our favorite cities.” The audience reciprocated the feeling with loud applause and cheered them on. Sleater-Kinney took it back to their last two albums playing hits from The Woods and One Beat.
Their 22-song set rarely hit a snag throughout the night as the trio flawlessly showed old/new fans what they were made of. The band played a track from nearly all of their LPs which gave everyone a sample of the growth they’ve experienced over their time together. Sleater-Kinney finished out the main set with two songs from The Woods, “Entertain” and “Jumpers” left their loving fans hoping for more. Luckily, their wish was granted and the band came out for a four-song encore. The night ended perfectly, with just enough versatility in the setlist for the wide range of fans in the audience.
* Live photos courtesy of KLRU. All photos below by Scott Newton.