Sleater-Kinney — now the duo of Corin Tucker (vocals and guitar) and Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals) — dove right into business in a big show at The Anthem recently, rocking through 11 tracks of the new album, The Center Won’t Hold, and more, beginning with the latest title track. Jason Nicholson was there to document the evening in photos.
On Oct. 25, Sleater-Kinney powered through 29 songs, according to Setlist.fm, scattering 11 tracks of The Center Won’t Hold throughout the show. The duo also favored their more recent output, drawing five tunes from The Woods (2005) and another four from No Cities to Love (2015).
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Pitchfork praised the songs on the new record in a review back in August. “There are also bonafide hits on this record, melodies that Velcro themselves to your brain…. ‘The Future Is Here’ bubbles seductively, na na na na na choruses and all. ‘Hurry on Home,’ the first single, finds Brownstein channeling the vocal tone and affirmative attitude of the B-52’s’ Kate Pierson. With a silky chorus to smooth everything out, it’s a deliberately sexy foil to the opening track. ”
For the final number of a second encore, Sleater-Kinney reached way back to 1997 for “Dig Me Out” from their third album of the same name.
Sleater-Kinney appeared with an usual opener — the intense Joseph Keckler. He’s hard to describe, but imagine an opera/performance art/comedic/dark humor singing about opera death scenes? However you describe him, he’s a very talented baritone.
The Anthem was unsure what to make of him at first, but he had the crowd eating out of his hand. Within five minutes, folks were laughing and applauding.
Watch Joseph Keckler perform “Shroom Mania” at The Greene Space at WNYC & WQXR on YouTube:
Here are some photos of opener Joseph Keckler at The Anthem on Oct. 25, 2019. All photos copyright and courtesy of Jason Nicholson.
Here are some photos of Sleater-Kinney performing at The Anthem on Oct. 25, 2019. All photos copyright and courtesy of Jason Nicholson.