Hideout Block Party & A.V. Fest: Wilco, Lee Fields & the Expressions, Wye Oak, Wild Belle, Corin Tucker Band, Kelly Hogan, and others | Hideout | Fairs & Festivals | Chicago Reader
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Hideout Block Party & A.V. Fest: Wilco, Lee Fields & the Expressions, Wye Oak, Wild Belle, Corin Tucker Band, Kelly Hogan, and others 

When: Sat., Sept. 15, 12 p.m. 2012
Kill My Blues (Kill Rock Stars) isn't the first album Corin Tucker has made since Sleater-Kinney went on hiatus and she focused on raising her kids—Tucker's solid but restrained solo debut, 1,000 Years, came out in 2010—but this second record definitely feels like the one she was champing at the bit to make. On the opener, "Groundhog Day," she wakes up from her post-riot grrrl hibernation to discover that things haven't improved much for women in the past seven years: "Did I lay down? Did I fall asleep? / On the backs of women who have come before me?" Elsewhere on the album she embraces the responsibilities of motherhood and confronts the possibility of death by disease, even as she struggles with the strictures of maturity—in one song she sings about a spontaneous trip to Mexico, which is exactly the sort of thing she knows she's running out of opportunities to do. Tucker's scrappy, hard-hitting band matches the urgency in her lyrics—a feeling largely missing from 1,000 Years—and her banshee-powerful voice seems barely contained, though she's never had better control of its rage and soul. Wild Flag is certainly the post-Sleater-Kinney combo that's been anointed by critics, but Tucker and crew make for some stiff competition. —Peter Margasak This set is part of the second and final day of the Hideout Block Party & A.V. Fest. The entire bill, headliner first, is Wilco, Lee Fields & the Expressions, Wye Oak, Wild Belle, the Corin Tucker Band, Kelly Hogan, the Waco Brothers with Paul Burch, and the Lawrence Peters Outfit. Music starts at noon.

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