Sleater-Kinney To Kick Off Tour With Benefit

Trek in support of upcoming All Hands on the Bad One begins late April in Olympia, Wash.

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. 1–6 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 9–14) and the Butchies (May 16–22).

Sleater-Kinney tour dates:

April 29; Olympia, Wash.; Metropolis (Ladyfest benefit)

May 3; Portland, Ore.; Crystal Ballroom

May 4–5; 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 17–18; Cambridge, Mass.; Middle East Club

May 19; Providence, R.I.; Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel

May 20; Philadelphia, Pa.; Trocadero

May 22–23; 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