Sleater-Kinney started out ten years ago as a side project by the singer-guitarists Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein, both veterans of the Pacific Northwest music scene. Drummer Janet Weiss joined them in 1996. They have recorded seven albums, including Dig Me Out, One Beat, and, most recently, The Woods, which came out in May. James Surowiecki has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2000 and currently writes the Financial Page for the magazine.
Stephen Malkmus began his career as the lead singer and songwriter of the indie rock band Pavement, which formed in the 80s and released its first album, Slanted & Enchanted, in 1991. The band later recorded the albums Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, Wowee Zowee, Brighten the Corners, and Terror Twilight.
After Pavement broke up, Malkmus went on to pursue a solo career, releasing his first, self-titled solo album in 2001 and performing with his backing band, the Jicks.
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