Olympia, Wash., punk trio Sleater-Kinney are prepping for a six-week U.S. tour to coincide with the May release of their fifth album, All Hands on the Bad One, according to the group's label, Kill Rock Stars.
The trek begins April 29 with a benefit to raise money for the upcoming Ladyfest 2000, a festival spotlighting women's contributions to culture. The Aug. 16 gathering will feature concerts, art shows, workshops and activism. Sleater-Kinney will appear at the event in Olympia along with Bratmobile, the Gossip and singer/songwriters Sarah Dougher and Lois Maffeo.
Sleater-Kinney's fourth album, The Hot Rock (1999), followed up 1997's critically acclaimed Dig Me Out (RealAudio excerpt of title track). The Hot Rock revealed the gentler side of the band's raucous punk sound, as on "Banned From the End of the World" (RealAudio excerpt) and "Get Up" (RealAudio excerpt).
Also appearing on these dates are punk bands the Gossip, the Bangs (May 914) and the Butchies (May 1622).
Sleater-Kinney tour dates:
April 29; Olympia, Wash.; Metropolis (Ladyfest benefit)
May 3; Portland, Ore.; Crystal Ballroom
May 45; Seattle, Wash.; Showbox
May 6; TBA
May 9; Minneapolis, Minn.; First Avenue
May 10; TBA
May 12; Chicago, Ill.; Metro/Smart Bar
May 13; Detroit, Mich.; Majestic Theatre
May 14; Cleveland, Ohio; Grog Shop
May 16; Northampton, Mass.; Pearl Street
May 1718; Cambridge, Mass.; Middle East Club
May 19; Providence, R.I.; Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
May 20; Philadelphia, Pa.; Trocadero
May 2223; New York, N.Y.; Irving Plaza
May 24; New York, N.Y.; TBA
May 25; Washington, D.C.; 9:30 Club
May 26; Carrboro, N.C.; Cat's Cradle
May 27; Atlanta, Ga.; TBA
May 28; TBA
May 30; Nashville, Tenn.; TBA
May 31; St. Louis, Mo.; Firehouse
June 1; Columbia, Mo.; Blue Note
June 2; Lawrence, Kan.; Bottleneck
June 3; Denver, Colo.; TBA
June 6; Los Angeles, Calif.; El Rey Theater
June 7; San Francisco, Calif.; Fillmore