Sleater-Kinney + Helium + The Minders = Wild Flag, tonight at The Waiting Room…

Category: Blog — Tags: — @ 12:50 pm October 4, 2011

by Tim McMahan,

Wild Flag, self titled (Merge, 2011)

Wild Flag, self titled (Merge, 2011)

We’ve all heard of super groups, but how about an all-female supergroup? Actually, does it matter that all the members of Wild Flag are women?

I’d like to be able to say in this enlightened age of acceptance, tolerance and equal rights that it doesn’t, but let’s face it, it does. If it didn’t, we wouldn’t need groups like Omaha Girls Rock to nurture young female talent and keep it from going unheard. Rock ‘n’ roll continues to be perceived by many as a guys’ game, when in fact some of the best talent in rock ‘n’ roll is (and always has been) women.

Wild Flag is an obvious example.

Conisisting of of Carrie Brownstein (vocals, guitar, member of Sleater-Kinney), Mary Timony (vocals, guitar, member of Helium), Rebecca Cole (keyboards, backing vocals, member of The Minders) and Janet Weiss (drums, backing vocals, member of Quasi, Sleater-Kinney, Bright Eyes), Wild Flag released its first full length on Merge this past September, garnering a mighty 8.0 from online indie-bible Pitchfork, which I guess gives it immediate respectability.

But even without Pitchfork‘s nod, Wild Flag is like a heroes’ guild of classic indie rock talent that glows white-hot on the debut album. It’s as much a modern approach to indie as it is a nostalgic nod toward ’90s college rock.

This show should have sold out faster than Smashing Pumpkins, but as of right now, tickets are still available for a mere $14. Opening is YellowFever, who Brownstein described as “haunted house surf music” and whose debut also received a 7.2 from Pitchfork. Show starts at 9. Go!

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