Friday, March 16, 2007

Women who rock

Sleater-Kinney's rock and Neko Case's alt-country are seen as leaders of the pack.
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Carrie Brownstein, the former guitarist for Sleater-Kinney who has done as
much as any woman for defining the art of rock guitar, also sees an aesthetic
shift from the basics of indie rock. “I think that after a period of time one
thing that seems radical can swing so much in the opposite direction that it
suddenly feels pro forma, and so you want to do the exact opposite of that,”
says Ms. Brownstein, whose punk-influenced band showed a hint of this new
expansiveness on “The Woods,” its 2005 farewell set. She added that if you put
in an elaborate guitar solo “or can play at a certain speed or a certain level,
that’s no longer antithetical to interesting art.”

“And I think that with the mainstreaming of a lot of indie music, people are
looking for something that has an oddity to it,” she continued. “I think that
virtuoso playing is polemical in some ways. People either find it really
appealing or they’re turned off by it.”

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