The nearly 10 years that passed following Sleater-Kinney’s dissolution in 2006 were marked by a noticeable void in the brand of visceral, invigorating, indie-rock and power-pop that the trio of Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss had turned into garage high-art during their decade together. Sleater-Kinney’s intelligent, knotty and propulsive sound helped to forge the blueprint for what we now call indie-rock, and brought an often witty and always intriguing female perspective to the party. While the band was away, the indie underground was a lot less fun.
When the band returned with “No Cities To Love” earlier this year, it wasn’t just the critics, fed up with the often po-faced and maudlin indie-rock that had become de rigeur, who rejoiced – fans of the band, who would have more than likely been happy with a “rehash the greatest hits” reunion tour, couldn’t believe their good fortune. Not only did “No Cities to Love” represent a return to form, it is quite likely the trio’s finest album.
So the “No Cities to Love” tour, which stops at Asbury Hall @ Babeville at 8 p.m. Dec. 10, will be anything but a victory lap. The ladies are back, and better than ever. Count your blessings, Buffalo indie fans. This show represents a major score.
Tickets for Sleater-Kinney, with guests Waxahatchee, are $28 advance, $31 day of show, through Ticketweb.com.