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Sleater-Kinney Kick Their Way Into ‘A New Wave’ on ‘Letterman’

Trio’s long-awaited new LP, ‘No Cities to Love,’ is out next week

Sleater-Kinney brought mesmerizing art-punk attitude to The Late Show With David Letterman on Thursday night, delivering a dynamic performance of “A New Wave” from their upcoming reunion LP, No Cities to Love. “It’s not a new wave, it’s just you and me,” vocalist-guitarist Carrie Brownstein sang during the performance, her spastic guitar riffs tangling with Janet Weiss’ propulsive drum fills. The true highlight, however, is a series of lanky high kicks from Brownstein midway through the track. 

No Cities to Love, out January 20th via Sub Pop, is currently available to stream via NPR. The band previously shared the crushing reunion track “Bury Our Friends” (which made Rolling Stone‘s 50 Best Songs of 2014 list) and the explosive “Surface Envy”.

Most recently, the trio recruited some famous friends – including Sarah Silverman, Andy Samberg and Brownstein’s Portlandia partner-in-crime Fred Armisen – to make cameos in the zany music video for “No Cities to Love.”

No Cities to Love, Sleater-Kinney’s first album since 2005’s acclaimed The Woods, was produced by longtime collaborator John Goodmanson and recorded at San Francisco’s Tiny Telephone studio. On February 8th, the band will kick-off its first tour in almost nine years in Spokane, Washington. But beyond that jaunt, their collaborative future remains unplanned. 

“We are definitely living in the moment and enjoying being together making music again,” Weiss said in a December Reddit AMA. “We all have other projects as well and realize our time in the band is valuable. Not taking S-K for granted, and making this album as good as possible works for us this time around. So no plans for the distant future – we’ll make the next few months as amazing as they can possibly be!”

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