Sleater-Kinney at The Roxy

Back on April 25th, Jenn and I made the trek up to Boston to see one of my favorite bands, Sleater-Kinney, at The Roxy.

I’ve been a really big fan of Sleater-Kinney since I got my hands on a copy of their third album, Dig Me Out, back in 1997. They’re a brilliant rock-n-roll band that’s managed to maintain both their independence (having turned down offers from major labels) and their artistic vision over the years. Plus, they’re just damned cool. There’d been rumors that their most recent album, One Beat (which came out in 2002), might well be their last, so it was great to find out that in fact they were planning on releasing another one, and on doing a couple of short tours this spring before they went into the studio.

I’d seen Sleater-Kinney live several times, and even once before at The Roxy, so I was expecting one of their usual spectacular shows. I was not disappointed. Here’s the set list (which I have thanks to someone’s posting it to a Sleater-Kinney discussion list):

Call the Doctor
All Hands on the Bad One
Oxygen
Far Away
One Beat
Start Together
Everything (new!)
I’m Not Waiting
Oh
Sympathy
Hollywood Ending
Bump (new!)
Words & Guitar
Step Aside
Entertain (new!)

Encore:
Little Babies
Rebel Girl (cover)
End of You
You’re No Rock-n-Roll Fun
Dig Me Out

It was great to hear many of my old favorites, plus the excellent new songs, and all three members of the band were in fine form. They’ve re-affirmed my opinion that they’re one of the best live bands out there, and I’m really looking forward to both the new album and the touring that will follow!

Oh, and before the show we had an very good dinner at the nearby China Pearl, which Jenn talks about here.

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