Photos + Review: Sleater-Kinney at the Hollywood Palladium (Los Angeles, CA)

Ian Rubbish (England), THEESatisfaction (Seattle, WA), and Sleater-Kinney (Portland, OR)
May 1st, 2015
The Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA

It’s been about 10 years since Sleater-Kinney has graced Los Angeles with their presence but the day finally came!  The trio hit The Palladium and brought along one of Fred Armisen’s alter egos Ian Rubbish and Seattle’s very own THEESatisfaction.

Ian Rubbish started the night off with a brief but very entertaining set.  Though he only played around 20 minutes he got the crowd to clap and sing along but only if they did it with a British accent.

THEESatisfaction hit the stage like a breath of fresh air.  They played an awesome set full of rad Hip-Hop jams and synchronized dancing that left everyone in awe.  Their lyrics were eye opening and a reminder that music can be an excellent platform for social change and awareness.  I can’t wait to catch the incredible duo the next time they are in town.

Just knowing I was about to see Sleater-Kinney live was like a dream.  I was stoked on the show since I first heard of it and my expectations were high.  I avoid getting my expectations up because the tendency is that I end up really disappointed.  Not the case with Sleater-Kinney.  These ladies slayed The Palladium.  Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein’s voices were on point even with all the shredding they were doing on guitar.  Drummer Janet Weiss never missed a beat, a true perpetual motion machine as she killed it behind her kit.  It was RAD.  Though the setlist was heavy on their latest release No Cities to Love, we were still treated to a pretty well rounded setlist.  They played tons of fan favorites including, “Entertain,” “One More Hour” and “Dig Me Out” among others.  They played a 23 song set practically non-stop and it was awesome.  The crowd was clearly ecstatic that they were even watching this all happen.  I hope we don’t have to wait another 9+ years before we see Sleater-Kinney again.  Sleater-Kinney is a band we need now. Don’t even get me started on the Riot Grrrl movement, you’d be here for days.

 

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