Carrie Brownstein

Carrie Brownstein

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Carrie Brownstein (born September 27, 1974), is an American musician, writer, and actress, best known as a guitarist and vocalist in the now-defunct Portland, Oregon-based band Sleater-Kinney. In 2006 she was the only woman to earn a spot in the Rolling Stone readers' list of the 25 "Most Underrated Guitarists of All-Time."

In September 2010, Brownstein announced she had formed a new band, Wild Flag; the band expects to release its first album in 2011. Portlandia, her new sketch comedy show for the Independent Film Channel, began airing in January 2011.

Early life

Carrie Rachel Brownstein was "born and raised in the posh East Side suburbs of Seattle" and attended The Overlake School. She began playing guitar at 15, and received lessons from future Sunny Day Real Estate/The Fire Theft frontman Jeremy Enigk. She later said "he lived in the neighborhood next to mine, so I would just walk my guitar over to his house. He showed me a couple of open chords and I just took it from there. I'd gone through so many phases as a kid with my interests that my parents put their foot down with guitar. So ended up being the thing that I had to save up my own money for-and maybe that was the whole reason that I actually stuck with it."<ref...
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