Entries tagged with: Waxahatchee
Sexwitch / Songhoy Blues / St. Vincent / SFA / GOAT @ Green Man 2015
The Green Man Festival has been taking place in Wales' beautiful Brecon Beacons for the past few years, drawing an increasingly impressive line-up of worldwide and Welsh musicians to the sprawling Glanusk Estate. The 2015 edition happened August 20 - 23 and added enough extras (Hot tubs! A cinema! A beer festival! A science garden!) that you didn't really even need to see any bands at all. But that would be silly, because the bands are great. Read on for some of the best bits from the last two days.
Most anticipated set: Sexwitch - the act billed only as "Special Guest" turned out to be the debut performance of a new project from Bat for Lashes' Natasha Khan, TOY and Dan Carey - dark, droney and insistent.
Best set by someone we hadn't heard of before: Hannah Lou Clark and her band, equal parts angsty and dreamy.
Best place to hide out to during the sudden three-hour heatwave on Saturday: The Cinedrome tent with Gulp, because angel-voiced dream pop makes everything better, even when you're simultaneously horribly sweaty and covered in mud (somehow singer Lindsey Leven was immaculate in head-to-toe white, which reinforces our theory that Gulp are slightly magic.)
Most fun to shoot portraits of: Girl Ray, three London ladies who were finalists in the Green Man Rising competition and are very fun to hide between tents with.
Song we still have stuck in our heads: "Moons in My Mirror" by H Hawkline, whose pleasingly intriguing songs and deadpan demeanour were so appealing that the tentful of watchers were quite happy to comply with his request that they whistle the theme from the Great Escape while he tune his guitars, twice.
Most talked-about performance we failed to see: Northumbrian balladeer Richard Dawson [and not the late Family Feud host - Ed] in the Walled Garden, who we are assured was brilliant and unusual.
Youth enterprise award: The three children at the festival entrance with an acoustic guitar busking Super Furry Animals songs: Charlotte, Amelia and James. "Fire in My Heart" was a delight:
Most packed tent: Songhoy Blues from Mali, because they manage to combine deeply cool rock-star stage presence with an overwhelming sense of glee. Plus singer Aliou Touré does really good dancing, and everything they played was brilliant.
Most unfortunate scheduling: Stealing Sheep, who are great but played at the same time as (and right next to) Songhoy Blues.
Most committed crowd: Super Furry Animals. Fans stood ankle-deep in mud and didn't seem to mind the torrential rain, and in return received a predictably first-class set. There can't be any better setting to hear "Mountain People" than the Mountain Stage at Green Man. (Extra points to the gentleman who crowd-surfed all the way to the front sitting in an eight-foot inflatable dinghy.)
Best between-songs chat: Welsh folk legend Meic Stevens, who at one point delightedly exclaimed, "I've had cancer for three years, you know, and I've had 150 hours of radiotherapy on my throat - they said 'I wouldn't have thought you'd be able to talk after that, let alone sing!' but you've got to sing, don't you?! Because it makes people happy!"
Most appropriate name: Towel, who played just after the 21-hour rain storm (complete with 6am wake-everybody-up thunder) stopped.
Best impromptu special guests: Deep Throat Choir who, 24 hours after Matthew E White apparently asked them to join him, appeared en masse at the end of his set and started making up dance routines while singing the outrageously catchy backing vocals to "Rock & Roll is Cold."
Most rapt audience: Father John Misty, who was throwing himself on the floor by the first chorus of the first song and had row after row of grown adults grinning with glee like kids on Christmas morning.
Most apt headliner: Goat, whose vaguely pagan masked glory closed the final night of the Far Out stage and were followed by the ceremonial burning of the giant Green Man. Plus, "Run to Your Mama" might've been the best performance of the entire festival.
Pictures from the first two days of Green Man 2015 are HERE. Lots more pics from the final two days, below...
photo: Kurt Vile at Pitchfork Festival 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
As you may know, Kurt Vile is supporting his anticipated new album b'lieve i'm goin down... (due 9/25 via Matador) on tour this fall with Waxahatchee and Luke Roberts. That tour includes a previously-mentioned NYC show on October 7 at Webster Hall which is now sold out, but they added another happening a day earlier (10/6) at the same venue. Tickets for the newly-added show go on sale Friday (8/21) at noon.
Waxahatchee also play an Asbury Park show around then. Updated dates are listed below...
photos by James Richards IV
Courtney Barnett / The Julie Ruin / Run the Jewels
Waxahatchee seems all grown up since its 2013 appareance at Pitchfork. Back then, crowd chatter and indifferent fans drowned out a majority of leader Katie Crutchfield's lyrics on the small stage. Here, Crutchfield receives support from a backing quartet that adds muscle, volume and thickness to her musings. In her world, holding back emotions is for sissies. Framed by fuzz-rock and elastic pop arrangments, she navigates gray areas of romantic relationships and insecurities of getting older. Her deceptively sweet voice relays the worries, wishes and misgivings common to almost every 20-and 30-something. For 45 minutes, Waxahatchee functions as a personal diary, complete with smart analogies that spare no one blame, including Crutchfield herself. [Bob Gendron for Chicago Tribune]You've seen day 1, more day 1 and day 2, and here's pictures of the third and final day of the 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival. This time we got Chance the Rapper, Todd Terje & the Olsens, Run the Jewels, PC Music's AG Cook, Caribou, Clark, Jamie xx, How to Dress Well, Courtney Barnett, Perfume Genius, Madlib & Freddie Gibbs, The Julie Ruin, Waxahatchee, Mourn, Viet Cong, SIngle Mothers and Bitchin Bajas. More pictures below...
photo: Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
The Pitchfork Music Festival happens this weekend in Chicago (7/17-7/19), featuring performances from Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, Chance the Rapper, Future Islands, The New Pornographers, Run the Jewels, Caribou, Panda Bear, Todd Terje & the Olsens, Mac Demarco, Kurt Vile and loads more. BrooklynVegan will be there, so stay tuned for coverage and photos. If you can't make it, Pitchfork will also be streaming it live.
As usual, the fun continues later each night with a plethora of aftershows, both official and unofficial. There's something for every type of fan, with shows from Parquet Courts, Viet Cong, ILoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Ariel Pink, Ex Hex How to Dress Well, Protomartyr and more. A guide to the night time action, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Speedy Ortiz / Weyes Blood
The annual River Rocks series of free shows on NYC's Pier 84 kicked off yesterday (7/9) and thanks to the weather, it got off to a rocky start. Rain and lightning caused headliner Waxahatchee's set to be cancelled, for which the band apologized and said "we'll make it up to NY." Speedy Ortiz did get to play, but unfortunately the weather wasn't too kind to singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis' gear:
all my guitar pedals got destroyed due to the rain but i ain't mad. it was a <3 show— sadie dupuis (@killquilty) July 10, 2015
As far as we know, everything went over just fine for opener Weyes Blood's set though. Pictures of her and Speedy are in this post.
Waxahatchee are set to return to NYC on their tour with Kurt Vile, which hits Webster Hall on October 7 (tickets). They also have an Asbury Park show with Weyes Blood on 10/10 at Asbury Lanes (tickets).
Speedy will be back here on July 22 at Terminal 5 with Courtney Barnett and Torres. That show is sold out.
River Rocks continues with We Were Promised Jetpacks and Krill on 7/23 and U.S. Girls and Yuck on 8/6.
More pictures from last night's show, below...
In addition to the Made In America-presented Mary J Blige show that happened last week and the second TBA one-day NYC show, the Jay Z-curated Budweiser Made In America festival returns to Philly Labor Day Weekend. It happens September 5-6 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the lineup includes Beyonce, The Weeknd, J Cole, Bassnectar, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Future, Duke Dumont, A-Trak, Santigold, Metric, De La Soul, Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, Vic Mensa, Flatbush Zombies, Creepoid, Superheaven, Hop Along, Waxahatchee, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on AmEx presale now, and the general on-sale starts Monday (6/29) at noon.
Full lineup below...
photo: Waxahatchee at MHOW in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Earlier today, Waxahatchee announced a tour opening for Kurt Vile, and she's got newly-added headlining dates as well.
In addition to the NYC show with Kurt happening 10/7 at Webster Hall (tix on sale 6/19 at 10 AM), and her previously mentioned free NYC show on 7/9 at Pier 84 with Speedy Ortiz and Weyes Blood, Waxahatchee will play a nearby show at Asbury Park's Asbury Lanes on 10/10. That show's also with Weyes Blood, and Try The Pie. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (6/17) at noon.
All dates are listed, with the video for "Under A Rock" from this year's Ivy Tripp on Merge, below...
Kurt Vile's new "dark" album now has a title, b'lieve i'm goin down, and will be out this fall, date still TBA. He'll be on tour this fall too, playing NYC's Webster Hall on October 7. That show, and much of the tour, is with Waxahatchee and Luke Roberts. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/19) at 10 AM.
Right after NYC, Vile will head to Austin for the ACL Festival. All dates are listed below.
photo: Speedy Ortiz at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Speedy Ortiz have been very active tourers lately. They already played NYC once this year, and have a T5 show with Courtney Barnett and Torres coming up on 7/22 (tickets), and in the past 24 hours they were announced for Riot Fest Denver, Riot Fest Chicago, and Fun Fun Fun Fest.
That T5 show is actually one of two NYC shows for Speedy, as they were recently added to Waxahatchee's River Rocks show on July 9 at Pier 84. The very talented Weyes Blood is on that show too, and it's free. Like all River Rocks shows on Pier 84, gates open at 6 PM and the music starts at 7.
Pier 84 is the same pier that 4Knots Festival is happening this year, which also just announced an expanded lineup, including Super Furry Animals.
Speedy recently put out a video for "Raising the Skate," one of the highlights off their new album Foil Deer. Watch that, with their updated list of tour dates, below...
photo: ACL 2014 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
The Austin City Limits festival returns to Zilker Park from October 2-4 and October 9-11, and though the lineup wasn't supposed to be announced until this Tuesday, Austin 360 points out that the festival's website leaked it early. The posting was quickly taken down, but not before 365 Things Austin could screenshot it. It was accurate and the ACL 2015 includes Foo Fighters, Drake, The Strokes, The Weeknd, Disclosure, Deadmau5, Bassnectar, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, Sturgill Simpson, The Decemberists, Brand New, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Billy Idol, Chance the Rapper, Father John Misty, Brandon Flowers, Run the Jewels, Sylvan Esso, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Florence + the Machine, Modest Mouse and more.
Check out the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (5/5) at 10 AM CDT.
photo: Waxahatchee at MHOW earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The annual free Hudson River Rocks concert series on Pier 84 returns this summer with three shows. On July 9 it's Waxahatchee (who was here earlier this month) and special guests; on July 23 it's Scotland's We Were Promised Jetpacks with Boston's Krill; and on August 6 it's '90s-indie lovers Yuck with new 4AD signee U.S. Girls.
The pier is accessible at West 44th St or West 43 St at 12th Ave, and each show opens at 6 PM with the music starting at 7. Pier 84 is also the location of the (not free) 4Knots Music Festival this year.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Waxahatchee brought her ongoing tour in support of her new album Ivy Tripp to NYC last night (4/9) for a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The new album is her biggest-sounding one yet, and her new live set up gets that across perfectly. Katie Crutchfield is now joined by her twin sister Allison (of Swearin') who provides harmonies on most songs, and between them and Allison's Swearin' bandmate Keith Spencer all playing guitar on several songs, they really thicken their sound. Some of the older ones (especially "Peace and Quiet" from Cerulean Salt) never sounded as big as they did last night.
And perhaps the band's newest secret weapon is drummer Ashley Arnwine (of Pinkwash and Bleeding Rainbow), who's incredibly tight and gives Waxahatchee's live show more power than ever. Sometimes it was as fun to watch her drum as it was to watch Katie and Allison sing. But while this new maximalist Waxahatchee is nice to see, her minimal side is still an important part of the show. In contrast with the full-band songs, a handful had Katie and Allison's voices backed only by a keyboard, or only by a guitar, or only by bass and drums. Katie went fully back to Waxahatchee's beginnings for the three-song encore that had her alone on stage with just a guitar, and those moments were as commanding as the newly fleshed-out ones.
Opening was Girlpool (who return to that venue in July to headline with Alex G opening) and The Goodbye Party, the current project of The Ambulars' Michael Cantor who had Radiator Hospital singer Sam Cook-Parrott and Swearin' co-lead singer Kyle Gilbride among the members of his live band. More pictures of all three bands below...
by Andrew Sacher
Waxahatchee's third and biggest-sounding album yet, Ivy Tripp, will be out next week via Merge (her first for the label), and she's now streaming it in full ahead of its release. Like a lot of great indie rock, it toys with slightly left-of-center sounds while still incorporating genuine hooks. It brings keyboards, drum machines, and more guitar effects into her once-bare sound, but also still has songs like "Blue" that would've fit perfectly on Cerulean Salt or American Weekend. Check out the album over at NPR.
You can watch a video of her playing "Under A Rock" from the new album at Pitchfork's SXSW show, with her updated list of tour dates, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Katie & Allison Crutchfield @ Mohawk Austin - 3/17/15
The music portion of SXSW began in proper yesterday (3/17), and that included a solo Waxahatchee set at the House of Vans at Mohawk. Katie Crutchfield played a handful of stripped-down versions of songs off her upcoming third album, Ivy Tripp (due 4/7 via Merge), and a few older ones too. She brought her twin sister Allison (of Swearin') on stage to sing on a few songs too, including the one from Cerulean Salt where they harmonize the whole time, "Blue Pt. II." The show also featured sets from Angel Olsen, Speedy Ortiz, Torres and more. Pictures of Angel and Speedy are on BV Austin, and a set of Waxhatchee pics are in this post.
In related news, Radiator Hospital -- the band fronted by former Waxahatchee member Sam Cook-Parrott and including current Swearin' drummer Jeff Bolt -- are also playing some shows this month. Those include a NYC stop on March 24 at Silent Barn with Bloomington's Nice Try, and NYC locals The Meltaways and Trace Mountains (mem LVL UP). That's $7 at the door.
All Radiator Hospital dates are listed, with more Waxahatchee pics, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Swearin' / The Goodbye Party at Baby's All Right - 2/19/15
This spring, half of Swearin' will hit the road as members of Waxahatchee's band, but they decided to squeeze in two of their own shows ahead of that, the first of which was in NYC at Baby's All Right on Thursday night (2/19). It was an all-in-the-family show, with a full-band opening set from The Goodbye Party (the project of ex-Ambulars member Michael Cantor) that included Swearin's Kyle Gilbride and Radiator Hospital singer Sam Cook-Parrott. Radiator Hospital also share a drummer with Swearin', and their bassist Jon Rybicki's other band Attendant opened the night. Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield (whose twin sister Allison is in Swearin') could also be seen watching from the side of the stage. Great show all around. Pictures are in this post and continue below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Waxahatchee at Sasquatch 2014 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
As first single "Air" hinted, Waxahatchee covers a lot of new ground on Ivy Tripp, her third album and first for Merge (due 4/7). The second single though, titled "Under A Rock," sounds more like something that could've been on 2013's Cerulean Salt. It's a folk song for about 10 seconds before turning into the kind of '90s-style fuzz rocker Katie Crutchfield sometimes delivered on that album (like "Coast to Coast"), but it's also bigger-sounding than any of her previous work. Check it out below.
Waxahatchee's supporting the album on a tour as a 5-piece band (including her twin sister Allison and Keith Spencer of Swearin') which hits NYC on April 9 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Girlpool and The Goodbye Party. Tickets for that show are still available. They're also on the recently-announced Pitchfork Festival.
Meanwhile, Swearin' have a few shows this week, including NYC on Thursday (2/19) at Baby's All Right. Since we last spoke, it was revealed that The Goodbye Party also open that show, as do Radiator Hospital side project Attendant. Tickets for Baby's are still available.
Updated Swearin' dates are listed, with Goodbye Party and Attendant album streams, below...
Girlpool (photo by Alice Baxley)
LA duo Girlpool were announced earlier this week as support for the upcoming Waxhahatchee tour, including the NYC show happening April 9 at MHOW with The Goodbye Party (tix on sale at noon on Fri, 1/16). They've also got a handful of other dates happening sooner than that, including a headlining Brooklyn show on January 28 at Silent Barn with quality locals Told Slant and New Brunswick/New Paltz's Fraternal Twin. That's $8 at the door.
Girlpool are also the subject of a 25-minute documentary called Things Are OK, which was directed by Cory McConnell and includes footage of their performances at the now-closed Brooklyn venues Death by Audio and Glasslands. You can watch that, with the list of tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Waxhatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield) recently put out a teaser for her third LP and first for Merge, and she's now revealed more details. The album's called Ivy Tripp, and it will be out on April 7 via her new label home. It was produced and recorded with Swearin' members Kyle Gilbride and Keith Spencer. That's the album artwork above.
Katie also put out the album's first single "Air." I liked her last album a lot, but this immediately sounds better to me than everything on it. This is terrifically crafted indie rock with way bigger ambitions that it seemed like Katie had on her home-recorded debut, and she achieves those ambitions in a way that feels pretty effortless. Check it out below.
Waxahatchee also announced an extensive 2015 tour, which will have her joined once again by Keith Spencer as well as her twin sister Allison, also of Swearin'. Bassist Katherine Simonetti and drummer Ashley Arnwine complete the lineup.
That tour includes several dates with The Goodbye Party (who recently played Glasslands with Waxhatchee), and others with Girlpool (who, like Waxahatchee, recently toured with Jenny Lewis). Two of the dates include all three bands, including Philly and the Brooklyn show happening April 9 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (1/16) with an AmEx presale starting at noon on Wednesday (1/14).
All dates are listed, with the new song, below...
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, Waxhatchee signed to Merge for her third full length which will be out in April. There's still no single released from that, but yesterday (1/4) on main member Katie Crutchfield's 26th birthday, she put out an album trailer that features 54 seconds of new music. It's not a lot to go on, but it sounds good and so far it doesn't seem like Cerulean Salt part 2. Check it out for yourself below.
Waxahatchee play Portland this Tuesday, 1/6, an XRAY.FM-curated Red Bull Sound Select show which is just $3 with RSVP (much like our own upcoming RBSS show which is 1/13 at Baby's in Brooklyn).
Katie's twin sister Allison and Waxahatchee member Keith Spencer's band Swearin' also have two shows coming up in February. First they play NYC on February 19 at Baby's All Right and then Philly a day later. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.
In more related news, Radiator Hospital frontman and former Waxahatchee bassist Sam Cook-Parrott recently wrote about his Top 10 Days of 2014 for The Media, where he also premiered a cover of Lucinda Williams' "Something About What Happens" with Allison Crutchfield, with whom he toured and collaborated in 2014.
Listen to that, with the Waxahatchee trailer and list of Swearin' dates, below...
Waxahatchee at Glasslands last night (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Just this morning we posted pictures of Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield) at the Glasslands show she played last night (12/10), and now comes the exciting news that she's signed to Merge Records for her third full length which will be out in early 2015. Congrats Katie! Here's what she says about the signing:
I'm so happy to announce that Waxahatchee will be working with Merge. They've been one of my favorite labels for a very long time. They're wonderful people, and I'm so excited about making records with them in the future!Merge is putting the new album out in North America and Wichita is releasing it in the rest of the world. It will follow 2012's American Weekend and 2013's Cerulean Salt, which both came out on Don Giovanni (who have their 2015 showcases soon).
Watch a video from Cerulean Salt below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Williamsburg venue Glasslands is in its final month before the building's new residents move in, and last night the venue's series of final shows continued with a stacked four-artist bill. Headlining was Waxahatchee in solo mode playing stripped down versions of fan favorites and doing a bit of previewing her upcoming album too. Before that we got psych-folk from Steve Gunn (backed by a bassist and drummer), the most likeminded set on the lineup to Waxahatchee from The Goodbye Party (aka ex-Ambulars member Michael Cantor), and Weyes Blood's classic pop stylings with her powerhouse pipes. Pictures from the show are in this post.
In related news, Waxahatchee-related band Swearin' play a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday (12/12). Since we last spoke, Quarterbacks, Mean Creek and Bethlehem Steele were added to that show. Quarterbacks will release a self-titled album, the followup to this year's Quarterboy, on February 10 via Team Love. You can stream a track from that, with more pictures from the Glasslands show, below.
by Andrew Sacher
The Goodbye Party is the project of Michael Cantor, formerly of Philly lo-fi pop punks The Ambulars, who are currently on hiatus. He released a split with Spoonboy earlier this year, and now he's got a new full length called Silver Blues out this week on Salinas (also home of The Ambulars, as well as Radiator Hospital, Swearin' and others). Michael recorded the album with drummer Joey Doubek of Pinkwash (who are playing the 2015 Don Giovanni showcases) and while it's not a punk record like The Ambulars, some of the indie/power pop songs wouldn't be too out of place in that band. A handful of others, however, are more somber droning songs that aren't too unlike The Microphones. You can stream the album in full below, and download it (name your price) at bandcamp.
The Goodbye Party will be in NYC soon to open for Waxahatchee at one of the final Glasslands shows on December 10. Also on that show is psych folkie Steve Gunn (who's been popping up on year-end lists) and powerhouse singer Weyes Blood. That's a pretty stacked show all around. Tickets are still available.
LP stream below...
TR/ST @ Irving Plaza in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Glasslands is planning some cool shows for their final month. Among them is Toronto's Trust, who are now offically spelling their name TR/ST, on December 29. That show is with Klaus, SoftSpot, and a DJ set by Big Al. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 1 PM. TR/ST's last NYC visit was at Irving Plaza in September.
In addition to this and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart show on 11/24, some of the other just-announced Glasslands shows that all go on sale at 1 PM today include:
Ducktails play Glasslands on December 26 with friends Julian Lynch and Family Portrait (tickets).
by Andrew Sacher
Waxahatchee at Sasquatch 2014 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
As previously discussed, Katie Crutchfield is planning a new Waxahatchee album, and she'll soon be going on a solo tour previewing songs from it which hits NYC on November 10 at Le Poisson Rouge. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that support at that show comes from two Cerulean Salt contributors, Swearin's Allison Crutchfield (Katie's twin sister and former PS Eliot/Bad Banana bandmate, who released an excellent solo EP this year) and Radiator Hospital (the project of former Waxahatchee bassist Sam Cook-Parrott, who released an excellent album this year that Katie sings on). Tickets for that show are on sale now. RadHos and Allison also open for Waxahatchee (separately) at her two Philly shows.
Right after the NYC show, Waxahatchee will open a few dates for one of her biggest influences, Jenny Lewis (Katie has a Rilo Kiley tattoo), on her tour. She won't be at her NYC or Long Island date, but she does open for her in Philly. Updated Waxahatchee dates are listed below.
Radiator Hospital and Allison Crutchfield (who also appear on each others' new releases) are also touring together before those Waxahatchee shows. That tour includes a previously discussed NYC show on October 19 at Silent Barn with Slutever, Girlpool and Libbie 2000. Updated list of their dates below as well.