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Carrie Brownstein

Musician & Actor

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Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein reveals how her attraction to freedom got her involved in music, how she started her first band and the road that led her to acting.
Born and raised in Washington, Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein started her career in music at The Evergreen State College. It was 1995 when she became the guitarist and vocalist in Sleater-Kinney at the age of 21. And after graduating in 1997, Brownstein would eventually move to Portland, Oregon. However, despite the move, Sleater-Kinney stayed together until the band went on an indefinite hiatus in 2006. And so in 2010, Brownstein took her talents to another band, Wild Flag, which released its debut album in September of 2011. But music has never been Brownstein’s only passion. When she wasn’t playing with her band, Brownstein was writing and acting. Brownstein is now best known for developing the sketch comedy Portlandia with actor Fred Armisen. Brownstein and Armisen both write for and star in Portlandia, which began airing on the Independent Film Channel in January of 2011.  

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