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Sleater-Kinney/Helium members form Wild Flag

Think supergroups are the exclusive domain of hard-rocking dudes? Witness Wild Flag, a new indie rock assemblage that brings together members of Sleater-Kinney, Helium and The Minders.

For Sleater-Kinney fans, especially, this is welcome news, as seminal Portland, Oregon-based band has been on hiatus since 2006. Wild Flag will feature SK singer/guitarist Carrie Brownstein and drummer Janet Weiss alongside Helium's Mary Timony and Rebecca Cole from The Minders.

The band has reportedly signed to Merge Records and is currently recording its first album, with plans for a 2011 release. They've also booked a string of dates on the West Coast (see below), so if you happen to be out and about in that neck of the woods in November, you're in luck.

11-10 Olympia, WA - The Northern
11-12 Seattle, WA - High Dive
11-13 Portland, OR - Doug Fir
11-17 Sacramento, CA - The Hub
11-18 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
11-19 Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
11-20 San Diego, CA - Casbah
11-21 Pomona, CA - Alladin's

While we wait for new music from Wild Flag, let's take a look and listen to one of the last (for now, anyway) offerings from Sleater-Kinney, Modern Girl, off their 2005 album The Woods.

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.