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Date: Jun 26 2005


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As you probably know by now, Portland has a lot of local bands. Some of them stay local bands, while others get popular enough to play shows around the country and even internationally.
Derek and Steph are talking about one such band right now.


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Derek:  Hey Steph, have you heard about that band Sleater-Kinney?

Steph:  Yeah. They’ve been around for a while. They actually live in Oregon.

Derek:  They do now, don’t they?

Steph:  Yeah. They’ve been on tour for a little while and they’re in Europe right now.

Derek:  That’s cool. I’ve been reading a little bit about them and they’re gaining in popularity.

Steph:  Totally. Have you heard anything about their new album?

Derek:  I haven’t yet. But, ya know, I was just getting around to it.

Steph:  Yeah. Well we should pick up a copy and try it out, listen to it at the office.

Derek:  Yeah we gotta support those local bands.

Steph:  Yeah. Exactly. Pretty soon they’re going to outgrow being local.

Derek:  That’s true.



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Sleater-Kinney is the name of a town in Washington State, which is right next to Oregon, to the north.
The band Sleater-Kinney is from the NW, but they are not from that town. I do like the name, though. Plus these girls can rock!
Have you heard any of their music? Try to find their website and listen to their tracks.


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