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Waxahatchee and Cayetana are playing Union Transfer, touring together this summer

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

Out in the Storm, Katie Crutchfield’s fourth album under the Waxahatchee banner, is due out July 14th on Merge Records, and the band just announced a hometown Union Transfer show on record release day. Better news: Cayetana shares the bill, along with Snail Mail. Better still: Cayetana and Snail Mail will join Waxahatchee on tour through early august, hitting the midwest, Canada, Pacific Northwest and Southwest. From there, the tour branches off, with Palehound and Outer Spaces teaming up with Crutchfield & co.

Check out the full dates in the flyer below, and get details and more information on the Union Transfer gig at the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch Waxahatchee’s recent appearance on Shaking Through here. Continue reading →

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Watch Waxahatchee’s new song “No Curse” take shape in their new Shaking Through documentary

Waxahatchee recording their Shaking Through session | photo courtesy of Weathervane Music
Waxahatchee recording their Shaking Through session | photo courtesy of Weathervane Music

As much as I am completely, avidly, and wholeheartedly obsessed with music, I cannot for the life of me fathom how artists can create songs. I am constantly in awe (and also thoroughly envious) of musicians ability to have art in their heads and then go and make it a real, living thing.

Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through video series allows musical plebeians such as I, to experience this amazing process of recording. Their brand new video showcases Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee creating their new anthemic jam of a song, “No Curse.” Being as that the session was the first time the band played the song together, you’re able to see the song build and take shape before your very eyes. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Waxahatchee at Union Transfer, Bridge Underwater at Ortlieb’s

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

Yes, The New Pornographers are great and all, but make sure you arrive to Union Transfer early tonight, indie rock old heads. Waxahatchee has a new record due out this summer on Merge called Out in the Storm, and based on the lead single “Silver,” it’s going to be rousing, powerful and emotive. Get there early for the rising star, sty late to sing out “The Bleeding Heart Show.” Tickets and more information can be found here. Continue reading →

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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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