Katie Crutchfield—better known by her recording moniker, Waxahatchee—has been a critical darling for some time now, but 2015 seems poised to be the year when she achieves name recognition beyond indie rock’s inner circle, much like the heights Sharon Van Etten reached with 2014’s superb Are We There.
The plaintive, disarmingly-open songwriting and unabashedly lo-fi recording style embraced by Crutchfield obviously endears her to indie fans, but plenty of others are starting to take note. The New Yorker just ran a fawning article, and NPR—now the taste-making place of choice to stream albums before they’re released—posted Waxahatchee’s latest release, Ivy Tripp, on Monday. The new album, Waxahatchee’s third, following 2012’s critically-acclaimed American Weekend and 2013’s similarly-lauded Cerulean Salt, is set to be released by Merge Records on April 7. While it features plenty of Crutchfield’s candid storytelling, Ivy Tripp showcases a muscular and assertive sound from its onset, adding even more gravity and contrast to the album’s quieter, reflective moments.
Waxahatchee, Girlpool, Crabapple
Great American Music Hall
April 29, 2015
7pm, $16 (6+)