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 surprise. While 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 →
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 →
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…
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 →
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 →
Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is a very, very special one. Formed in 2007 by sisters Katie and Allison Crutchfield, p.s. eliot released several albums, EPs and singles before disbanding a few short years later. Katie went on to record as Waxahatchee and Allison formed numerous bands of her own, including Swearin‘ (and she’s about to launch her solo career with backing band The Fizz). Reuniting for a string of tour dates (including two sold out stops at PhilaMOCA), p.s. eliot stopped by our studios to play songs from their career-spanning archival release 2007-2011. Joining to Crutchfield twins are guitarist Will Granger and bassist Katherine Simonetti.
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.
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 →