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Parenthood hasn't mellowed Sleater-Kinney's TuckerNEW YORK (Billboard) - The prevailing cultural attitude, at least for the middle-class, Caucasian, Western world, seems to be that the moment a woman gives birth, her taste in culture dies. "Mom blogs" peddle mewling folk singers, and your infant suddenly determines not only your musical preferences, but your outlook on life.

Corin Tucker, who co-founded the critically adored rock band Sleater-Kinney in the '90s and helped lead the trio through an accolade-laden career, admits that being a parent -- she has two children -- has changed some of her views. But she makes it clear that her debut solo album, "1,000 Years," out October 5 on Kill Rock Stars, is not "mom rock."

"I joked at one point that I was bringing sexy back to moms," Tucker says from her home in Portland, Oregon. "But this album is from a different place; I'm older and more comfortable now. I can take the time to work on the music and the craft, and I'm not so impulsive."

Tucker says that she looked to icons like Joan Jett and Patti Smith for inspiration. "Patti is in her 60s and she is still making vital music," she says. "It doesn't have to be about being a sexy 25-year-old. You can still make an intense, driving record." While some Sleater-Kinney fans might be skeptical, Tucker says they have no reason to be. "Sleater-Kinney was always about the music, not just some flashy visual, and this is the same thing," she says. "It's still my voice and my writing. Obviously, it's different in many ways, but I think this will appeal to those fans."

Kill Rock Stars vice president Maggie Vail says she begged Tucker for years to record a solo album. "Corin would play here and there, and I would tell her, if she ever did a solo record we would put it out," she says. "Corin didn't give it to us until it was done, and we were all sitting around just dying of curiosity to hear it."

Vail notes that because Tucker and her bandmates, Unwound's Sara Lund and Golden Bears' Seth Lorinczi, are all parents, touring will be limited. "It's going to be a kid-friendly tour, with all the families on the road together," Vail says.

Tucker adds that she's excited to get back out on the road. "It's such a complete pleasure to do music again," she says, "and on my own terms."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 September 2010 11:21
 
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NEW YORK (Billboard) - Just as the members of indie-pop band Ra Ra Riot were getting ready to hit the big time in 2007, tragedy struck, with the drowning death of the group's drummer, John Pike.

But the band rebounded, releasing "The Rhumb Line" on Barsuk Records in 2008 and touring extensively. Now the members face another challenge -- releasing a follow-up and sustaining their career.

The list of indie bands felled by the fabled sophomore slump is long and ever-growing. But Ra Ra Riot, whose album "The Orchard" is out August 24, again on Barsuk, seems well positioned to beat the odds.

"Instead of being just super hyped and buzzed about, the band has developed a dedicated fan base," manager Josh Roth says. "They love touring and they love playing live, and I think they are in a great position to just keep growing."

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