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Guitarist of the Month: Carrie Brownstein

Sleater-Kinney was a fabulous band, no doubt about it. Janet Weiss pounded the drums like they owed her money, Corin Tucker played rhythm guitar and sang like nobody’s business, and Carrie Brownstein played lead guitar so well that Rolling Stone acknowledged her as one of the “25 Underrated Guitarists of All Time,” which is surprising given the publication’s usual sexism. (Yes, this list was decided by a reader poll, but that doesn’t make the appearance of awesome female guitarists in Rolling Stone any less rare.)

Carrie Brownstein redefined what a rock star looked like. An androgynous woman wearing modest button-down shirts and jeans in an industry that emphasized sex appeal, her love of music always showed through in the way she played. She did high kicks, jumped up and down, and swung her guitar around with infectious energy. Not to mention, she wrote great songs. I can listen to “I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone” over and over without getting sick of it. I’m pretty excited about her new project, Wild Flag, which just released an album.

Check out Sleater-Kinney and Brownstein’s other bands, like Excuse 17. You won’t regret it.

Recommended listening:

This is Sleater-Kinney’s song “Jumpers.”

One of my favorite Sleater-Kinney songs.

Wild Flag’s new music video for “Romance.”