By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
The band, for its part, ripped through a 24-song, two-encore set without losing steam or focus, opening with, appropriately, "Start Together," as the crowd's en masse pogoing made it clear this was a uniting event. Five songs in came "Light Rail Coyote," S-K's love song to our shared hometown of Portland, Oregon, and when Corin Tucker sang about borrowing her parents' car to cruise up Burnside, I was a high school junior again, in my dad's Explorer, listening to "Call the Doctor" while driving to the coffee shop. Ten years later, in the Webster Hall balcony, I was in tears.
"Coyote" might have been my emotional high point, but the band was just getting started. Carrie Brownstein, a dead ringer for a teenage boy despite being in her thirties, did a series of guitar god rock kicks that would've shamed the Rockettes during "Hot Rock," while drummer Janet Weiss busted out a harmonica for "Modern Girl." The song's chorus, "My whole life/Is like a picture of a sunny day" seemed to resonate with the mid-heat-wave attendees.
As a final parting shot, the band jumped right into its first, and for perhaps many fans still biggest, hit: "In one more hour I will be gone," Corin began, letting everyone know that the end was really here. Later in the song, she sang, "Don't say another word/About the other girl," and all implications for the future state of "women in rock" aside, the only names on our lips right then were Corin, Carrie, and Janet.