Carrie Brownstein

Carrie Rachel Grace Brownstein (born September 27, 1974) is an American musician, writer, and actress, known as a guitarist and vocalist in the now-defunct band Sleater-Kinney. Since 2010 Brownstein has sung and played guitar for the band Wild Flag; they released their self-titled debut album in September 2011. Brownstein stars with co-developer Fred Armisen in Portlandia, a sketch comedy show which began airing in January 2011 on the Independent Film Channel. Brownstein was born in Seattle, Washington, and raised in Redmond, Washington. Her mother was a homemaker and her father was a corporate lawyer; her parents divorced when she was fourteen, and she was raised by her father. She attended Lake Washington High School before transferring to The Overlake School for her senior year. 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.



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