Winding down a venerated decade-plus career, Sleater-Kinney played its final show in New York last night (Aug. 2), a blistering two-hour performance that mocked the tropical weather conditions outside.
The mercury hit triple digits on what was the hottest day of the summer thus far here, but proved to be no match for the determined trio, which stormed through much of its highly praised 2005 release “The Woods” (Sub Pop) and a rewarding selection of old favorites.
Highlights included the lengthy psych-rock jam of “Let’s Call It Love,” the triple vocal attack of surf-garage gem “Rollercoaster” and the defining fury of “Dig Me Out.” The band also pulled out classics like “Call the Doctor” and the anthemic “Ballad of a Ladyman” during its encores, and closed out the show with the satisfyingly cathartic “One More Hour.”
After announcing an “indefinite hiatus” last month, the band chose to add only two dates, both in their hometown of Portland, Ore., to the remaining five that had already been scheduled. All shows are being filmed for potential DVD release.
The remaining Sleater-Kinney tour dates are:
Aug. 3: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club) (rescheduled from Aug. 1)
Aug. 4: Chicago (Grant Park; Lollapalooza)
Aug. 11-12: Portland, Ore. (Crystal Ballroom)