Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss announced that she will be departing the trio, just six weeks before the band’s forthcoming The Center Won’t Hold studio LP arrives.

Produced by St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark), the new project marks Sleater-Kinney’s first studio album since their 2015 comeback LP, No Cities to Love. The trio, comprised of Corin Tucker, Weiss, and Carrie Brownstein, reformed in 2014 following a nearly decade-long hiatus, during which Brownstein earned a new name for herself in the comedy world for her work on Portlandia with Fred Armisen.

Weiss shared the news via her social media accounts. Her message reads,

After intense deliberation and with heavy sadness, I have decided to leave Sleater-Kinney. The band is heading in a new direction and it is time for me to move on. I will never forget the heights we reached or the magnificent times Corin, Carrie and I shared. We were a force of nature. To the dearest SK fans – you’re the raddest fans in the universe and I love you. Experiencing the music together has been the honor of a lifetime. Thank you for sustaining me the past 24 years and for proving without a doubt that love and connection are what saves us.

The remaining members of the band offered a response to Weiss’ departure. They explained,

We are saddened by Janet’s decision to leave Sleater-Kinney. It has been an incredible privilege to work with such a talented musician and drummer over the course of so many albums, including ‘The Center Won’t Hold’.

We thank her for joining us on this journey many years ago; we will cherish out friendship and our time together. We wish Janet all the best as she starts a new chapter in her life.

We are excited for everyone to hear the record and to see you on the road this fall and beyond.


The band is currently slated to open up an extensive tour in support of their forthcoming album on October 9th. Sleater-Kinney has yet to announce Weiss’ replacement behind the drum kit.

You can check out a full list of Sleater-Kinney’s upcoming tour dates below or head to the band’s website for more information.

Sleater-Kinney Upcoming Tour Dates:

09/05-07 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
10/09 – Spokane, WA @ Fox Theatre
10/11 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
10/12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
10/13 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
10/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Palace Theatre
10/16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
10/18 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
10/20 – Louisville, KY @ Old Forester’s Paristown Hall
10/21 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
10/23 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
10/25 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
10/26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
10/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
10/29 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
10/31 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
11/01 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
11/03 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel Complex
11/04 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
11/05 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11/07 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
11/08 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
11/09 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at Moody Theater
11/11 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
11/12 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
11/13 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory OC
11/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
11/16 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/19 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
11/21 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
11/23 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre

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