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Falling Back Into It: Allison Crutchfield on the new era of Swearin’

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Swearin’ | photo by Alexander Rotondo | courtesy of the artist

It wasn’t long ago that Allison Crutchfield swore off the possibility of a future for Swearin’. 

The band she co-founded with singer-guitarist Kyle Gilbride and released two albums with dissolved not long after the songwriters’ romantic relationship did. Swearin’s breakup, perhaps inevitable at the time, gained a sense of finality as the years stretched on.

“We really had an idea about how this band was just gonna be,” says Crutchfield now, looking back on the events that led to Swearin’s end. “And so when we broke up, it was because none of us could imagine the band existing in the way that we were.”

Until recently it didn’t seem likely that Swearin’ would be revived. Its members moved on to other projects, and Crutchfield released her first solo album, the fantastic Tourist in This Town, last year. But then a conversation between Crutchfield, Gilbride and the band’s third core member, drummer Jeff Bolt, led each of them to admit they missed Swearin’. Weighing what it would take to do the band again, they realized it could be possible — just with a different approach than before. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Louie Louie at PhilaMOCA, Allison Crutchfield at First Unitarian Church, Free Range Folk at Johnny Brenda’s, and more…

Louie Louie | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Louie Louie | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

Retro rockers Louie Louie will headline PhilaMOCA tonight with Dark Web and Beat Jams. Their new album Friend of a Stranger dropped today via Born Losers Records, and you can hear them play songs from it live in their recent Key Studio Session. Stream video of their performance of “After Me” below. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more information on the show. Continue reading →

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Allison Crutchfield delivers variety and personality on Tourist In This Town

Allison Crutchfield | photo courtesy of the artist
Allison Crutchfield | photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia’s Allison Crutchfield has been teasing her Merge Records debut for months now, and the wait is finally over. Tourist In This Town is out January 27th, but you can stream it in all its sun-drenched glory now via NPR. It’s a varied ten-song set, but if you already checked out “Dean’s Room” and “I Don’t Ever Wanna Leave California,” that shouldn’t come as too much of a surpriseWhile the record may try on a variety of indie rock and pop flavors, the personal storytelling at its core is what gives it its strength. Continue reading →

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Allison Crutchfield longs for the west coast in new video for “I Don’t Ever Wanna Leave California”

Allison Crutchfield | courtesy of the artist
Allison Crutchfield | courtesy of the artist

In two weeks, Allison Crutchfield will release Tourist in This Town, her first for Merge Records, and she’s just shared its second single. “I Don’t Ever Wanna Leave California,” which follows “Dean’s Room,” fittingly sheds the new wave drive of its predecessor in favor of sun-drenched, breezy trappings. It’s safe to say she’s not the only one in Philly longing for the west coast right about now, so put on your favorite summer hat and stream the track below.  Continue reading →

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New year, new Jens Lekman, Allison Crutchfield & Creepoid on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Jens Lekman | Photo by Ellika Henrikson, courtesy of the artist

Time to ring in a new year of adventure on the Indie Rock Hit Parade, tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! Listen after the January edition of Making Time RADio with Dave P for a full two-hour show that’ll give you many reasons to start breathing heavily when you think about the music that’ll be out this year. New stuff in the mix tonight from Swedish swooner Jens Lekman, Philly drone-punks Creepoid, glam-pop young guns The Lemon Twigs and much more! Check out a few of the new tracks below…

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Allison Crutchfield & The Fizz will celebrate their record release with stacked First Unitarian Church bill

Allison Crutchfield | courtesy of the artist
Allison Crutchfield | courtesy of the artist

Tourist in This Town, the latest from Philadelphia’s Allison Crutchfield, is out this January 27th via Merge Records. She and her backing band The Fizz will celebrate its release on February 10th at First Unitarian Church with support from Radiator Hospital, Pinkwash, Try The Pie, and Empath. Continue reading →

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Explore a new side of Allison Crutchfield with her video for “Dean’s Room” off her debut solo EP Tourist in This Town

Allison Crutchfield | courtesy of the artist
Allison Crutchfield | courtesy of the artist

Philly-via-NYC-via-Alabama indie rock vet Allison Crutchfield is slated to release her debut solo album Tourist in This Town on January 27th via Merge Records, and this week we got our first taste of it via the video for “Dean’s Room.”

In it, the song’s heavy synthesizers and lively percussion mix with whimsical visuals. It seems playful at a surface level, but the lyrics allow us insight into the world that Crutchfield (os Swearin’, P.S. Eliot and Waxahatchee) created.  Lyrics like “There are no photographs of us / There is nothing left for us to discuss / You crawl around on your belly and you ask for forgiveness / all while maintaining your innocence” are clear expressions of vulnerability and strength. Continue reading →

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Allison Crutchfield and Sam Cook-Parrott cover “Something About What Happens When We Talk” by Lucinda Williams

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Allison Crutchfield and Sam Cook-Parrott | photo via Facebook

In other Crutchfield news, Katie’s sister Allison has teamed up with Radiator Hospital‘s Sam Cook-Parrott for this cover of “Something About What Happens When We Talk” by Lucinda Williams. The Swearin’ frontwoman and RH frontman have worked together before, appearing on each other’s records and co-writing songs. This collaboration is stripped-down and intimate, with the two voices matching perfectly while staying distinct. Listen to the cover below, which was recorded for independent webpaper The Media.

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Swearin’ frontwoman Allison Crutchfield goes introspective on Lean In To It

Swearin' | Photo by Megan Kelly
Swearin’ | Photo by Megan Kelly

Swearin’ singer Allison Crutchfield recently released her debut solo EP, Lean In To It, and it’s a masterful, fuzzy reverie on love. The album features duets with Radiator Hospital Sam Cook-Parrott, a friend and muse of Crutchfield. He also plays bass throughout the album and co-wrote the lyrics for “Lupe”.

Lean In To It starts with “SUPERMOON”, a slow, dreamy  lo fi number which sets the tone for the rest of the album. Continue reading →

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Listen to Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee and Allison Crutchfield of Swearin’ cover Grimes via Rookie Mag

Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 4.09.47 PMThis is a pretty awesome track from the fun and talented Crutchfield sisters. For Rookie Mag’s “Theme Song” series, Katie (of Waxahatchee) and Allison (of Swearin‘) reinvented Grimes’ bubbling synthesizer racer “Oblivion” as a guitar-rock song, underscoring the 60s pop influences that might not have been as evident before. Check out out below (and compare it against the original after the jump). Waxahatchee plays a free show with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists on July 31, a double-bill of such awesomeness that Morgan’s Pier might just collapse and float away into the Delaware. Swearin’ has no local shows coming up, but we hope to see them again very soon.

Grimes, ‘Oblivion’ from Somesuch & Co. on Vimeo.