Sleater-Kinney, R.E.M. stars play in Filthy Friends Sept. 1 at Bumbershoot

The Pacific Northwest supergroup, which recently released its first album, plays Friday at Bumbershoot.

In October 1989, future Sleater-Kinney singer/guitarist Corin Tucker was a huge R.E.M. fan and hoped to meet the then-rising alternative rockers when they played Portland. She and a friend managed to secure a preshow interview with opening-act NRBQ, but despite their best efforts, failed to run into R.E.M. backstage.

So understandably she was a bit awe-struck some 23 years later to find herself singing on R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck’s self-titled solo debut album.

“It was definitely like — what?” she recalled, speaking on the phone from her home in Portland. “Is this happening? Why is it happening now, when I’m a 42-year-old mom? It was like the weirdest disconnect. It can be really nerve-racking to be working with someone that you’ve looked up to for so long. But it was great. It’s just funny how life happens.”


Filthy Friends

7:40 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, Seattle Center Mural Amphitheater at Bumbershoot; Friday passes $129, three-day pass $249 (

And that was just the first step in a working relationship that’s led to the creation of a new band, Filthy Friends. The band has a sterling Northwest pedigree, its lineup including Scott McCaughey, one of R.E.M.’s touring guitarists, and Kurt Bloch, who played alongside McCaughey in Young Fresh Fellows. King Crimson/touring R.E.M. drummer Bill Rieflin appears on the band’s just-released album, “Invitation” (with Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic playing on a few tracks).

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The group makes its Seattle debut at Bumbershoot, with the Baseball Project’s Linda Pitmon on drums.

“I think that it’s rock ’n’ roll, but it’s got a lot of different flavors to it,” Tucker said in describing the band’s music. “It does have this interesting chemistry of people…

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