Sleater-Kinney Set to Rock Stage AE; Blue Jackets Take On Penguins (CPs Sun., 3/1/15)

1)  Sleater-Kinney had released one of the 2000’s most acclaimed albums (2005’s The Woods) and were at their commercial peak when they abruptly went on hiatus. It’s been 10 years, but 2015’s No Cities To Love outdoes all their past achievements while making the decade between releases worth the wait. On “Bury Our Friends,” the lyrics resound with riot grrrl empowerment, the guitar and drums with indie rock hooks. During the trio’s hiatus, Corin Tucker released two solo albums. Janet Weiss played with Stephen Malkmus (of Pavement) in Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. And our younger readers will recognize Carrie Brownstein as the comedic assassin alongside Fred Armisen in “Portlandia.” Now they’re Sleater-Kinney, once more. Pittsburghers lucky enough to have tickets can see them at their SOLD OUT show at Stage AE. Lizzo opens. Doors open 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore.

2) The Blue Jackets, our Metropolitan Division rivals, are hopping on I-70 from Columbus, Ohio and will challenge our Pens tonight in a game of ice hockey. Faceoff is at 5 p.m.  Consol Energy Center, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

 

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 — Here’s the thing: I didn’t even know there was a Hot Tub Time Machine 1. In case you missed it as well, the, um, plot of the first one concerned three down-on-their-luck losers discovering a hot tub which transported them back in time to a night in 1986 when they all made life-altering decisions. In this sequel some of the guys have to use the tub’s services again when a friend is shot and they go back in time to save his life. Not War and Peace certainly, but it does feature a number of popular comedians: Thomas Lennon, Adam Scott, Chevy Chase, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, and Jason Jones. Check Fandango for screens and times.