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

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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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Listen to a new split EP from Radiator Hospital and Great Thunder

Radiator Hospital | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Radiator Hospital | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Split EPs can often feel scatterbrained. They are, after all, recorded by two different bands. But on Wedding Album, a record put together by Great Thunder (featuring Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield and her touring band mate Keith Spencer) and Radiator Hospital, there is no such discontinuity.

The cohesiveness is rather unsurprising, given the amount of collaboration between the two bands. Released on Stupid Bag Records, the record’s first side is technically Great Thunder territory, but Crutchfield and Spencer actually cover two original Radiator Hospital tracks with “Sleeping House” and “Big Cloud.” The latter is one of the record’s highlights — Crutchfield and Spencer provide a shot of punk adrenaline into what was originally a light hearted, playful track. Featuring Waxahatchee’s quintessential driving guitars and Crutchfield’s layered unison vocals, “Big Cloud” would have been right at home on Ivy Tripp. Continue reading →

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Pinkwash, Telepathic and six degrees of Philadelphia punk

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So we have a little bit of Philly new-music-release-degrees-of-separation going on here.

First, we updated you about Waxahatchee’s Ivy Tripp, which you can stream in its entirety a week before release over at NPR Music’s First Listen.

Then, on a Twitter tip from Katie Crutchfield, we checked out Waxahatchee drummer Ashley Arnwine’s 7″ with her other band, Pinkwash, which released this week. Continue reading →

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Listen to “Under A Rock” from Waxahatchee’s Ivy Tripp

Waxahatchee | Photo by Jesse Riggins | jesseriggins.tumblr.com
Waxahatchee | Photo by Jesse Riggins | jesseriggins.tumblr.com

Katie Crutchfield started her sincere and sensational indie rock project Waxahatchee back in 2011, and most recently announced in January that the band’s upcoming LP Ivy Tripp will drop April 7 via Merge Records.

Now we’ve got our hands on the album’s most recently-released track, “Under A Rock,” premiered today in a new music roundup by NPR’s All Songs Considered. Continue reading →

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Waxahatchee performs a stripped down rendition of “Swan Dive” from Cerulean Salt for Clash Music

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There are few who are able to convey tragic misery quite as beautifully and elegantly as Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield. Her confessional lyrics, driven by angelic vocals that pierce straight to the soul, are so intimate that one can feel the songwriter’s vulnerability; and her music has resonated with a wide, cult-like following of admirers. She appropriately draws comparisons to melancholy indie artists Elliott Smith and early Cat Power.

“Swan Dive,” from the Philadelphia based band’s most recent sophomore album Cerulean Salt, features the same simple yet astonishingly forceful lyricism that garnered Crutchfield and Waxahatchee so much support following their first album American Weekend. (Pitchfork gave Cerulean Salt an impressive 8.4 rating if you’re into that sort of thing). Crutchfield performed a solo, acoustic rendition of the song outdoors for Clash Music, and the result is a deeply insightful, personal, dreamlike lullaby. Although plugged in, the acoustic version allows for more emphasis on the song’s lyrics, and one can recall every sad moment when hearing “you hold onto the past, you make yourself miserable / and I’m ruled by seasons and sadness that’s inexplicable”. To sum it up, Crutchfield performing live is just plain moving.

Waxahatchee is currently touring Europe and the UK with band Swearin’, led by Crutchfield’s twin sister Allison, but will return to North America in November with a first stop in Seattle, Washington on the 27th. See the full list of live dates here. The band also recently performed at North Carolina’s Hopscotch Festival, where their set was recorded by NYC Taper; download it here. Be sure to pick up Cerulean Salt and see what all the pretty noise is about.