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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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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: P.S. Eliot

p.s. eliot | Photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
p.s. eliot | Photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

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.

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Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Allison Crutchfield and Sam Cook-Parrott cover “Something About What Happens When We Talk” by Lucinda Williams

Allison Crutchfield
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 →