MUSIC: SONGS IN THE KEY OF GLEE

THE ROCK TRIO SLEATER-KINNEY IS ANGRY AND IN YOUR FACE. BUT THE GROUP IS HAPPY TO HAVE GUITARS

The most exciting thing about the rock trio Sleater-Kinney is that it sounds as if its members are still learning how to be a rock band; they rip through their songs with a gleeful abandon, as if they had just discovered their instruments behind some old tires in the garage--they didn't pay for 'em, so who cares if they bust a few drumsticks or break a few strings?

The band, which was formed in Olympia, Wash., and took its name from a local road, has its roots in the Riot Grrrl movement of the early '90s, in which groups of young...

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