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Sleater-Kinney to go on “indefinite hiatus”

Posted by KURT B. REIGHLEY at 11:10 AM

Brace yourselves Sleater-Kinney fans. According to the press dept. at Sub Pop, this summer’s shows from the trio will be their last act together as a band until further notice. Here’s the statement, from the band, being issued to the national media at noon PST:

“After eleven years as a band, Sleater-Kinney have decided to go on indefinite hiatus. The upcoming summer shows will be our last. As of now, there are no plans for future tours or recordings.

We feel lucky to have had the support of many wonderful people over the years. We want to thank everyone who has worked with us, written kind words about us, performed with us, and inspired us.

But mostly we want to extend our gratitude to our amazing fans. You have been a part of our story from the beginning. We could not have made our music without your enthusiasm, passion, and loyalty. It is you who have made the entire journey worthwhile.

With love and thanks,


Final tour dates are:
Jul 29 Mellwood Arts Center, Louisville,KY
Jul 31 Starlight Ballroom, Philadelphia,PA
Aug 01 930 Club, Washington,DC
Aug 02 Webster Hall, New York City,NY
Aug 04 Lollapalooza (Grant Park), Chicago,IL

Maybe you better buy Lollapalooza tix after all?





Wish I could say I was surprised. I'm glad I saw 'em at the Velvet Elvis....


LOL announcing press conferences for announcements after everyone already knows what the announcement is.

Just say it right away and let the press go to town. They're gonna anyway.


Disconcerting news to those of us who love them and have grown accustomed to a bracing new record every 14 months or so. Still, I can't wait to see and hear what Tucker and Brownstein do with themselves from here..


Goddamnit. No Northwest adieu? I would totally go to Portland to see them one more time.


Actually Annie, you're right. It's rather rude of them not to do a last NW show. Janet must have offically pushed the other two over the edge...


No shit Annie. They gotta play here at least once more.

I don't think I caught them at Velvet Elvis but they kicked ass at the '97 Bumbershoot.


Hey! That's it! They should play Bumbershoot for their final show. I bet they could pack in the stadium.


iawtc. Bumbershoot may be hellishly large and frustrating, but it would assure everyone who wanted to see them one last time could.

Personally, it would bookend my Sk history of seeing them open for the presidents when I was something like 16.

Seriously, WTF is with no NW show... they'll play in Kentucky but nothing around here? Sounds like it was a hectic, rushed choice, not a well-planned one.


I haven't seen them play since their early days - last time was at the Easy! I'm very sorry that they aren't saying goodbye in the NW.


No!!!! But big thanks to S-K for blowing my mind when I was 16, and not letting up since. Seems pretty shitty to not end it all with a NW show, though.


I don't think it's rude that they're not playing here again. Granted, I'm not a fan, but the attitude that they owe the NW one more show is ridiculous. When I lived in Minneapolis, the same thing happened with a popular local act ending their career in NYC. The band said they wanted to play Minneapolis before the end, but didn't think they'd be able to deal with the emotions involved. Probably the same with SK.


Actually, their publicist now says they are going to play a NW show--I'll post it when they've confirmed it.


oh, thank god. i wasn't saying they owed us, but i was gonna be really, really sad.


They had to do a true final show. I sincerely doubt they scheduled Lolapalooza knowing that would be their last hurrah.

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