The Corin Tucker band stops at the Crocodile tonight to perform in support of the release of new album Kill My Blues, (out September 18th via Kill Rock Stars). Known for her definitive role the riotgrrrl movement, Tucker previously performed with Heavens to Betsey in the early 1990s and subsequently, with Carrie Brownstein as part of Sleater-Kinney, who, after recording seven albums together, announced their hiatus in 2006. Sleater-Kinney bandmate Carrie Brownstein went on to co-create hit television show Portlandia, while Tucker took time out from the music business to focus on raising a family with filmmaker Lance Bangs.
In 2010, Tucker reactivated musically with the formation of her solo act which also features Unwound’s Sarah Lund, Golden Bears’ Seth Lorinczi, and the Jick’s Mike Clark. On Kill My Blues, Tucker’s transition to a new life phase shines through—she references the realities of maternal life on “Blood, Bones, and Sand.” On “Groundhog Day” Tucker addresses the GOP’s War on Women, tapping into the same riotgrrrl energy that fueled much of Sleater-Kinney’s earlier work. Vocally, Tucker’s prowess remains clear. She delivers each biting phrase with tremendous control, alternating between head-bobbing melodies, calm serenades, and shrill wails.
Opening on Friday night are Seattle-based punk trio Dude York—a poppy garage rock outfit who recently released a surprisingly sophisticated three song EP called the Lake which you can preview here. Houndstooth will also perform.