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Wild Flag with Eleanor Friedberger at One Eyed Jacks


Save the "first female supergroup" straw woman for when the reunited Bangles and Go-Go's roll up into the Bang-Go-Go's. (2014, write it down.) After all, Sleater-Kinney, the riotous Portland, Ore., grrrl group of which Wild Flag is half-composed, was itself pretty super. Ever since S-K issued 2005's diesel-doused The Woods and struck a surprise match the next year, the band's legion of fans has waited with bated breath for the inevitable resurrection. In 2010, they got another surprise: Two-thirds of S-K, singer/guitarist Carrie Brownstein (of Portlandia semi-fame) and drummer Janet Weiss, announced they were reuniting instead with friends and tour mates Mary Timony and Rebecca Cole, of Helium and the Minders, respectively. (S-K fans have to wonder how Corin Tucker's RSVP to this rock party got lost.) Released in September, the new band's eponymous debut LP (Merge) is a crash course in how to reappear completely: "Something Came Over Me" and "Electric Band" blow smoke-ring vocals around a live-recorded core that rocks more methodically than S-K, but every bit as hard. The Fiery Furnaces' Eleanor Friedberger, whose gracefully tousled solo debut Last Summer arrived on Merge in July, opens. Tickets $12 in advance, $14 at the door. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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