Blind Date

soundbets

There are a lot of serious female shredders out there these days. Perhaps the most mind-blowing of them all is Marnie Stern, whose intimidatingly technical playing I can compare only to Eddie Van Halen.

Over three albums — her new “The Chronicles of Marnia” is out March 19 — Stern has melted my face with her axe skills and odd be-bop vocal style. She also puts on an insane live performance: I saw her play at the Rock & Roll Hotel, and she blasted the place so hard I thought the building would achieve liftoff.

Stern is on the venerable indie label Kill Rock Stars, which helped all-female bands Team Dresch, Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney make a huge mark on music in the ’90s. KRS has also re-released early records by punk matriarchs the Raincoats and proto-punks the Delta 5, whose female guitarist, Julz Sale, is an unsung dance-punk hero.

So it was disappointing to see KRS pumping Stern’s new disc with a cheesy “Win a Release-Date Date With Marnie Stern” promo. I guess I expected something less patronizing and more in keeping with her talent, like a guitar lesson. What the heck, KRS?

express

express

Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Comments
Show Comments
Most Read

express

express

Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Next Story
This Botanic Garden employee grew his way to a dream job
Rachel Kaufman · February 11, 2013