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Watch the video for Waxahatchee’s glorious new song “Silver”

Waxahatchee | photo courtesy of the artist
Waxahatchee | photo courtesy of the artist

Word got out a little early yesterday, but today we have official confirmation: the new album from Waxahatchee is indeed called Out in the Storm, it is indeed coming out July 14th on Merge Records, and the first single is a glorious rocker called “Sliver.”

Built around arcs of guitar riffs and layers of vocal harmonies set to a racing beat, it’s an anthem that is powerful in its abstraction. Says frontwoman Katie Crutchfield in a press statement: “It’s about self-examination and the different shapes that takes, good and bad. I wanted it to be abstract and poetic, but I also wanted to align it with the other songs on the album, since they’re all so connected lyrically.” Continue reading →

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It looks like Waxahatchee will release its fourth LP, Out In The Storm, on July 14th

Waxahatchee | photo by Michelle Goodwin for WXPN

Something is afoot in camp Waxahatchee. The long-running project of singer and songwriter Katie Crutchfield has been working on the followup to 2015’s Ivy Tripp for the past year, and today Brooklyn Vegan reports the first details of the record. The band’s fourth LP will be called Out in the Storm, and it’s due out on Merge Records on Friday, July 14th. There’s nothing on Merge’s site about this yet, but there is a pre-order with full tracklisting on Australia online retailer Z Digital.

In addition, the six-minute lead single, “Sliver,” is up on Spotify but greyed out and unplayable — which, as Brooklyn Vegan suggests, indicates it’s not streamable in the U.S. yet. So if you’re reading The Key from outside our borders (perhaps from Australia), please give the new jam a listen and tell us what it sounds like. In the meantime, we’ll update you with Waxahatchee news as it hits our radar. Continue reading →

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Waxahatchee, Mary Lattimore and Molly Fischer pack Johnny Brenda’s to support the Bicycle Coalition

Waxahatchee | photo by Michelle Goodwin for WXPN

Headlining a fundraiser for the Greater Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition, Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee performed a delightfully eclectic collection of new songs and old to a sold-out crowd last night at Johnny Brenda’s. The first show of a several-week tour with Philadelphia’s Mary Lattimore, Waxahatchee charmed fans with an intimate, solo performance spanning her discography. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Waxahatchee at Johnny Brenda’s, The Magnetic Fields at Union Transfer, Ladysmith Black Mambazo at World Cafe Live and more…

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Waxahatchee | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Waxahatchee leads a fundraiser for the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. the Philadelphia-via-Alabama musician released a pair of critically acclaimed records in Cerulean Salt and Ivy Tripp. Tonight, her solo set is preceded by Mary Lattimore and Hot Tears. Tickets and information can be found here. Watch “Dixie Cups and Jars” below.

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Just Announced: Waxahatchee to perform stripped down, solo set at Johnny Brenda’s

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Waxahatchee | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Local indie fave Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee has announced a solo tour along with Kevin Morby and Mary Lattimore, in which each will perform intimate, stripped down sets.  Catch Crutchfield’s beautiful solo stylings when the tour kicks off on March 15th at Johnny Brenda’s, and then jam out to the full duo later in the spring, when Waxahatchee returns to Philly to open for The New Pornographers. More info can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch “La Loose” from Ivy Tripp below. Continue reading →

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Tune in for a live-streamed Shaking Through Session with Waxahatchee this weekend

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Waxahatchee | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

The folks at Weathervane Music are back it again, this time bringing us a Shaking Through session with Waxahatchee. Katie Crutchfield & co will be in Fishtown’s Miner Street Recording this weekend, January 21st and January 22nd, and the live-stream cameras will be on hand to give us a backstage pass into their recording process.

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Listen to Waxahatchee cover “Angeles” by Elliott Smith

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Waxahatchee | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Waxahatchee joins a bunch of great artists on Say Yes!: A Tribute to Elliott Smith, contributing a version of “Angeles” to the compilation in honor of the revered late singer/songwriter.

Katie Crutchfield translates the stripped down, finger-picked original into a electric cover that is deep and guttural. Sitting on the opposite end of the haunting spectrum, the guitar marches slowly forward as Crutchfield’s vocals echo through the dark atmosphere.

Listen to Waxahatchee’s version below, followed by a clip of Smith performing it live in Olympia, WA in 1999.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Waxahatchee at Chameleon Club, Tunji Ige at The Fillmore, Lisa Loeb at Haddon Lake Park

Waxahatchee | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Waxahatchee | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Indie rock songwriter Katie Crutchfield will be bringing her project Waxahatchee to Philly tonight with a performance at The Chameleon Club. We saw Waxahatchee earlier this month for a spectacular show at Connor Barwin’s 3rd Annual Make the World Better Benefit concert at Union Transfer. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar and check out her song “La Loose” off the album Ivy Tripp below. Continue reading →

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The Crutchfield sisters turn back the clock with Waxahatchee’s Early Recordings and P.S. Eliot’s 2007-2011

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Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | http://jeremy-zim.com/

On June 17th, Alabaman-turned-Philadelphian Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee will open up the time capsule and reissue the first songs she ever wrote for the project as a limited-edition cassette aptly titled Early Recordings. Also available digitally, the reissue’s artist proceeds will benefit DIY PHL’s First Time’s The Charm, an event that promotes diversity and inclusion of all kinds within the music community. Continue reading →

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Stop The Presses: Hop Along and Waxahatchee to headline Connor Barwin’s 3rd annual Make The World Better Benefit at Union Transfer

Hop Along | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo racheldelsordophotography.com
Hop Along | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo racheldelsordophotography.com

Philadelphia Eagle Connor Barwin’s Make The World Better Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to “enriching the lives of Philadelphia’s youth by providing safe and fun places for artistic and athletic development,” just announced the line-up for their 3rd annual fundraiser…and it’s a fantastic Philly double-hitter of Waxahatchee and Hop Along. Continue reading →