Rock icons Sleater-Kinney head to Detroit's Majestic Theatre — without longtime drummer

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click to enlarge Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker. - Mom + Pop
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Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker.

When longtime Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss announced she was splitting from the band, weeks before the release of its St. Vincent-produced ninth studio album, The Center Won’t Hold, citing its “new direction,” it seemed to spell trouble for the rock ’n’ roll icons. Weiss’s drumming had become every bit a part of the Pacific Northwest trio’s sound, balancing the caterwauling of the band’s dual guitarists and frontwomen, Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker, with a thunderous undercurrent.

The Center Won't Hold
did, in fact, turn out to be a new direction for S-K, with art-rock mastermind St. Vincent pushing the band in a darker, yet poppier direction. Forget about Brownstein’s slapstick stint as an actress and writer on Portlandia; the band embraces bleaker, synthpop-driven sound here, which at times calls to mind acts like Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, and even Nine Inch Nails. Fortunately, it still rocks.

Doors open at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4 at the Majestic Theatre; 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700; Tickets are $37.50+.

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Lee DeVito

Leyland “Lee” DeVito is the editor in chief of Detroit Metro Times since 2016. His writing has also been published in CREEM, VICE, In These Times, and New City. He once asked porn star Stormy Daniels to spank him with an issue of Metro Times. She obliged.

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