John Lennon first met Yoko Ono in November 1966 at London’s Indica Gallery, the night before a show of hers opened. Despite the fast approaching deadline, the gallery space still appeared bare and unfinished, with installation equipment strewn about—but then again, for a show called Unfinished Paintings and Objects, who could really tell what was art and what was incidental? Lennon approached a whitewashed ladder in the middle of the room and took a hard, close look. He began to climb it. At the top he found a magnifying glass and, training it on the ceiling, he read a tiny printed word: YES. He was in love.

In case anybody forgot, Carrie Brownstein isn’t just a comedian, she’s a rock star. This was proven once again when Sleater-Kinney took the stage at New York’s Terminal 5, where the trio—Brownstein and Corin Tucker on guitars and vocals, Janet Weiss on drums—put on an awesome set of anthems and reminded everybody that girls can rock, hard. Oh God, it felt so good to have them back. For many of us, it was like getting a piece of ourselves back, too.