Big news, indie rock fans who average somewhere close to 40 years old: eternally-cool indie rockers Sleater-Kinney and eternally-uncool-but-in-a-cool-way dad rockers Wilco will be co-headlining an American tour this month.
To celebrate, the two bands have released covers of one another, with the girls in Sleater-Kinney taking on ‘A Shot in the Arm’ from 1999’s Summerteeth and Wilco sharing their version of ‘Modern Girl from 2005’s The Woods.
The mature alt-rock synergy is palpable here, with Wilco giving their more chill country-rock vibe to the folky sound of ‘Modern Girl’ and Sleater-Kinney dirtying up the piano swirl on ‘A Shot in the Arm’.
If you want to hear the full-length songs outside of their brief Twitter snippets, well, then you’ll just have to buy a ticket to the tour. The band’s are selling an exclusive 7-inch vinyl featuring both of the covers at the mercy tables, so if you have to decide on getting this or another $12 beer, I would recommend the vinyl. You don’t get to bring the beer home with you.
Sleater-Kinney returned with their tenth studio album Path of Wellness earlier this year. It was the band’s first release as a duo, as longtime drummer Janet Weiss left the band after the recording of their previous album, the St. Vincent-produced The Center Won’t Hold, leaving Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker on their own.
Wilco, meanwhile, are just as reliable and prolific as ever. 2019 saw the release of Ode to Joy, the band’s eleventh album, and just in case you need to be reminded how dorky and mid-life this band is, their previous two albums before that were called Star Wars and Schmilco. Expert dad-level trolling, those guys in Wilco have become.
Check out the preview of the covers for ‘Modern Girl’ and ‘A Shot in the Arm’ down below.