Sleater-Kinney are pulling out all the stops as they wrap up their monumental year, and last night’s performance at Terminal 5 had the Olympian punk trio bringing one of their favorite funnymen to the stage for a fantastic cover. Cowbell and bicycle kicks were involved. Any set that ends with either makes for a solid one indeed.
Just before Sleater-Kinney called it a night, Fred Armisen — who stars in Portlandia alongside Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein — came traipsing out of the wings at T5 with a cowbell in hand, and within minutes the lot of them were writhing on the floor and screaming in sea creature-inspired agony as they rollicked through the B-52’s “Rock Lobster.” It’s kind of freakish how perfectly Armisen and Corin Tucker nailed Fred Schneider and Katie Pierson’s seemingly inimitable vocals; that they let loose with the silly and stretched the song out for a whopping seven minutes (!) is enough to hope that this is but the first Armisen appearance at a Sleater-Kinney show this week.
On December 12, Sleater-Kinney kicked off a run of five shows in the city: They started at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre, moved onto T5 last night, play Irving Plaza on December 14 (with our own Meredith Graves, whose band, Perfect Pussy, opens), the Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 15 and the newly reopened Market Hotel in Bushwick on December 16. (Watch this space for more on this epic week as it progresses.) They started off in a grand theater and will close out their week — and the year that marked their triumphant return — before an intimate crowd, so fingers crossed that Armisen’s cameo leads to more surprises as Sleater-Kinney ties up 2015.
Watch Sleater-Kinney and Fred Armisen’s take on “Rock Lobster” below, and catch them if you can in New York this week.