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Philly artists make Stereogum’s list of best albums of 2015 (so far)

Waxahatchee | photo by Michael Rubenstein | via facebook.com/waxahatchee
Waxahatchee | photo by Michael Rubenstein | via facebook.com/waxahatchee

Stereogum recently released their list of the top albums released in the first half of 2015, and three local favorites made the cut. Hop Along’s Painted Shut (“[a record that] impresses without pretension”), Girlpool’s Before The World Was Big, and Waxahatchee’s Ivy Tripp all receive high praise. The article also lists #XPNFest performers My Morning Jacket (The Waterfall) and Courtney Barnett (Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit) as standouts. Continue reading →

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Sense of Place Philly: Download a World Cafe version of “Under A Rock” by Waxahatchee

Katie Crutchfield | Waxahatchee | Photo by Rocco Peditto
Katie Crutchfield | Waxahatchee | Photo by Rocco Peditto

Philly based Waxahatchee are one of this week’s Philly artists being featured on World Cafe’s special Sense of Place: Philly series. During the coming week, Cafe host David Dye uncovers the sounds of Philly both past and present.

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Katie Crutchfield, who performs as Waxahatchee, recently did a session for World Cafe. Since her early teens, she’s been writing songs. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, she and her twin sister Allison performed in the band P.S. Eliot together. Katie started writing songs as Waxahatchee in her parents’ house in Alabama, and she and her sister relocated to Philly several years ago. Continue reading →

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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I’m not bossy, I’m the boss: Speedy Ortiz, Waxahatchee & Jacco Gardner on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade

Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete
Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete

After a brief break, the Indie Rock Hit Parade is back and better than ever. Tune in at 11pm tonight (right after Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour edition with a lot of ground to cover. On tonight’s Weekly Album Spotlight, we’ll dig into Foil Deer, the newly released second album from Boston’s Speedy Ortiz. The band happens to be in town this weekend at Johnny Brenda’s, and word on the street is that they’ll be paying us a visit for an in-studio session, too! There are plenty more things to explore and discover on tonight’s show, like a few of these fresh gems:

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Ivy Trippin’: Learning life lessons from Waxahatchee at Union Transfer

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

There’s something extremely powerful in surrender. Something about finding oneself in the losing of self. There’s a track on the new Waxahatchee record called “<” where Kate Crutchfield just repeats “you’re less than me. I am nothing.” Anger and rage and force have their moments and places, but in having the restraint to put that all aside there’s a strength that few find. Reductionism can destroys enemies without ever having to raise a hand. At the Ivy Tripp record release show at Union Transfer on Wednesday night, the crowd sat in silence at the feet of Master Crutchfield. Continue reading →

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Honesty and Integrity: Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield on music, Philly and Ivy Tripp

Waxahatchee | photo by Michael Rubenstein | via facebook.com/waxahatchee
Waxahatchee | photo by Michael Rubenstein | via facebook.com/waxahatchee

Next week, returning Philly resident Katie Crutchfield, aka Waxahatchee, will grace Union Transfer with a performance of songs from her highly anticipated third album Ivy Tripp, also arriving next week on Merge Records. In preparation for her sort-of homecoming, I gave Katie a ring to chat about the new album as well as her love for Philly, Jenny Lewis, and living with confidence and integrity as an artist. Continue reading →

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Pinkwash, Telepathic and six degrees of Philadelphia punk

Pinkwash
Pinkwash | via pinkwash.bandcamp.com

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 →