Noise Pop: Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee leads stellar night at the Swedish American Hall

The 2018 Noise Pop Music Festival concluded with a sold-out solo musician showcase led by Katie Crutchfield, aka Waxahatchee, at the Swedish American Hall on Sunday, February 25. This was my first time attending a show at the Swedish American Hall. Putting the stellar musicianship aside, I was blown away by a multitude of factors. There really isn't a bad seat in the house, and there are plenty of seats to be had. The venue sounds great, and the stage is low and close to the crowd for an especially intimate feel. My favorite thing, however, was on display from the [...]

Review + Photos: Welcome to the church of Waxahatchee

Waxahatchee (photo: Kaiya Gordon) My history with Waxahatchee is one that's simple, but especially sentimental. It is an obsession brought to me by another friend putting a song from Waxahatchee’s debut American Weekend on a mix. This led me into full-blown love for both Katie and Allison Crutchfield, because the mix included songs from their early project P.S. Eliot, too. The devotion became real, and eventually I caught Waxahatchee live at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass’ “Conor Oberst and Friends” Friday showcase in 2014. Since then, Waxahatchee’s music has become a home to me. A place where I know all the exits. On Friday, July [...]

What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, July 28 – 30

Waxahatchee is finally here! Friday, July 28 Greg Ashley & the Western Playboys @ Eli's Mile High Club Ashley and his Western Playboys just released an EP of old country covers on Third Man Records. He says this will likely be the only time they're played live! Planet Booty @ Starline Social Club Booty-shaking body-positive vibes are on deck for tonight at Starline. The Music of Twin Peaks @ The Chapel I don't know enough about Twin Peaks to make a witty reference here. Waxahatchee @ The Fillmore Touring behind her critically acclaimed new record, Waxahatchee's long-awaited San Francisco stop [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Waxahatchee, Chastity Belt and more

(illustration: Cassidy Miller) To enter for a chance to win tickets to any show below, email with the name of the band and the date of the show you’re entering in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email. Friday, July 28 Waxahatchee @ The Fillmore 9pm, $22, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Friday, July 28 Tobin Sprout, Elf Power @ Cafe du Nord 9pm, $15,21+. Buy advance tickets here. Saturday, July 29 Beatnik, Fried Egg, Violence Creeps, North is Everywhere @ Hemlock [...]

Waxahatchee heads to the Fillmore in July

Waxahatchee has showed herself to be a true rock and roll star with the two singles from her upcoming album, Out In The Storm. "Never Been Wrong" and "Silver" both have distorted guitars and brilliant songwriting. Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield) says that this album, out July 14, "digs into what I was going through without blinking. It’s a very honest record about a time in which I was not honest with myself.” She comes to the Fillmore July 28 to show off her new record, out on Merge Records. She's a constantly evolving, veteran musician who should not [...]

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The New Pornographers and Waxahatchee play Fox Theater Thursday

This Thursday, the latest New Pornographers tour, with Waxahatchee as the opener, will be stopping by the Fox. The Pornographers are touring in support of their newest album, Whiteout Conditions, which is heavy on synthesizer and contagiously melodic. Helmed by A.C. Newman, they’ve always been an exuberant and effusive band. Their new album has lost none of the joyousness that’s been a hallmark of their sound since Mass Romantic, the debut album that gave us formidable pop tunes like “Letter From An Occupant” and “The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism”. Whiteout Conditions is a bit of a stylistic evolution that makes [...]

What’s Happening This Week? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, April 10 – 13

Waxahatchee supports The New Pornographers at The Fox on Thursday. Monday, April 10 SFIFF presents Bill Nye: Science Guy @ Victoria Theater Join the pop scientist of your youth on a journey across the planet as he spreads science education and warms skeptics to the realities of climate change. Also of note: The spooky soundtrack you'll hear was made by Petaluma's William Ryan Fritch. Vanessa Carlton @ Great American Music Hall The "A Thousand Miles" pop pianist is all grown up and, having long ago said goodbye to radio-friendly stardom, is making music on her own terms. Pegi Young @ [...]

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Photos & Review: Waxahatchee made a room of strangers empathize

Waxahatchee (photo: Ian Young) In my ideal world, everyone knows who Waxahatchee is and agree's that Katie Crutchfield is one of the best lyricists to come out of this generation. Last night at The Chapel, my ideal world became a reality. To match that, it was even International Women's Day, and I could have never chosen a better way to spend it. Not only was I around some of my closest friends but spent the night listening to two beyond promising female musicians. Briana Marela opened with an unbelievably remarkable setup, not only in the ocean-wave visuals, but with her [...]

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Waxahatchee to play intimate and sold out show at The Chapel

I will never give up on preaching the words of American singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield. Every band she's been a part of has affected someone positively, be it just herself or her friends. P.S. Eliot, which was Katie Crutchfield and her twin sister, Allison Crutchfield's band, was most active before Waxahatchee began, but is still one that musicians mention as inspiration to this day. Both the Crutchfield twins are fundamental to the DIY and indie scene. They're also both incredibly talented. One time Katie tweeted saying "Jenny Lewis is my Beyonce and Beyonce is my god," and even that thread of tweets [...]

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Live This Month: April 2015 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: April 2015 (Podcast #360) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. It sure is a great time to be a fan of classic dream-pop and shoegazer music, with the recently-reunited Ride hitting the US this month for their first US shows in 20 years. By contrast, Warren Defever, leader of longtime 4AD act His Name is Alive, has kept that band actively releasing records since its inception, but the experimental group's 25th anniversary tour across the United [...]

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