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July 2014
Peter Matthew Bauer
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Thank God The Walkmen are on a “hiatus.” As unpopular a statement as that might be to fans of the beloved indie-rock outfit, the resulting album, Liberation! (Mexican Summer), by the group’s former bassist Peter Matthew Baur reinforces the truth behind what I think. Baur has taken the time as a chance to expand his wingspan creatively, producing an album that’s slick, resonant and infectiously psychedelic.
 
It’s a heady journey through the artist’s far-from-normal life, never lacking in emotion and fundamentally based in a sense of optimism. Also, one of the most fascinating things going on with Liberation! is how it blends local and international aesthetics without ever feeling like appropriation or pandering. Songs such as “I Was Born in an Ashram” and “Philadelphia Raga” feel organic and refreshing, incorporating exotic influences without ever making them feel awkwardly placed or unnecessary.
 
The whole effort is the culmination of a meditative post-“hiatus” tour through Europe, and it shows. The record is relaxed and casual yet exploratory, never seeming to break a sweat while being thoroughly entertaining. The collection of songs has a comforting accessibility reminiscent of couchbound evenings of honesty-filled, drunken/stoner chats with your best buddies, which may seem to come few and far between as all of us get older and busier. - Daniel Ludwig

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The Deli Philly’s Year End Poll - Top Performers: Waxahatchee

By now, you should all know Waxahatchee, a.k.a. Katie Crutchfield. Named after the lake on which her family owns a summer home, Waxahatchee captured the attention of critics and fans all over the world with her lyrical magnetism and honesty on 2013’s breakout hit Cerulean Salt (Don Giovanni). The heartfelt sadness is palpable throughout her latest release. Her music has come to embody the bizarre mixture of calm and panic that comes from being alone, while hints of Crutchfield’s punk rock roots are able to bleed through the distortion of tracks like “Misery Over Dispute” and “Coast to Coast.” Though her time spent in West Philly was short-lived, I am sure the city and the people that she met while here will continue to influence her musical journey for many years to come. (You can view the rest of The Deli Philly's Best of 2013 Emerging Artists list HERE.) - Maggie Grabmeier

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Weekend Warrior, January 24 - 26

Self-classified riot grrls Cayetana play indie rock meant for high volumes, with punk styling that lacks the anger typical to the genre. Instead, that rage is replaced by wistfulness - but don’t think that makes their music any less impactful. Singer Augusta Koch croons over fast paced riffs, all the while sharing poignant lyrics that call for a second listen. Rollicking music coupled with rousing, and oft nostalgia-inducing, lyricism is what the band does best, and they have fun doing it. (Check out what I'm talking about in their video for "Hot Dad Calendar" HERE!) Headlining this Sunday’s bill at the First Unitarian Church is Waxahatchee, the rock moniker of indie darling Katie Crutchfield. Her project specializes in storytelling - each song a direct address to the listener, like Crutchfield’s whispering a tale for your ears only. Intense intimacy is the hallmark of Waxahatchee’s music, and last years LP, Cerulean Salt, didn’t stray from the pattern: raw honesty rasped over simple guitar lines that flow from one tale to the next. Also performing is local garage-pop outfit, Heavy Bangs, who create lo-fi songs of personal empowerment; they don’t need to shout for their message to pack a wallop. And Columbus, Ohio pop-punk group All Dogs will round out the lineup, bringing a crashing of cymbals and heavy guitar to the stage. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8pm, $10, All Ages  - Shaylin O’Connell
 
 
Other places to not freeze your ass off this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Belgrade, Darling Specter
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Banned Books, Son Step, Laser Background, Bad Braids
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Pizza Face
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI (Early) Esoterica, Ashencult, SUN Underwater Country Club, Pill Friends, Pine Barons
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Sean Hoots Trio, Travel Lanes, SAT VOSS
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Swift Technique, Ju-Taun, SAT Omnivox, Civil Holdup, Honor, Emma Cullen, SUN Jerry Joseph
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Pretty Greens, Outside Eyes, SAT Paige Allbritton, Emmettt Drueding, SUN Pro Post Time, Snagwing, Candice Martello
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Thee, Idea Men, The Rivals
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI (Early) Jump Winter Issue Launch Party w/Ali Wadsworth, SUN New Sound Brass
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI A Victim of Good Times, Satellite Go, Lo Power Plane
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SUN Lo Power Plane, Beyonder
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Venice Sunlight, Curtis Jr., Brian Fitzy, Sonnder, Ego Alien, SAT Bastards of Earle, Chris Zurich, Angel Ocana
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT (Early) Kevin Killen Happy Hour, (Late) Eli August and the Abandon Buildings, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) SUN Zymotic Flow
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT Khalid Quesada, Fantastic Planet, Amber Ladd
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Trust The Medic (formerly Face Two Face)
 
JR’s (2327 Croskey St.) FRI The Makeshift Uprising, Alberta's Court, Bite Size Giant
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI The Great Endangered, Montoj, SAT Pete Grotch, Abilities, Katya Blue
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Orion Freeman
 
Flux (30 S. 33rd St.) FRI DRGN King, SHMNS
 
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT No Time, Low Charge, Martin
 
Mount Thrashmore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Secret Plot to Destroy the Entire Universe, Commonwealth
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Swarm
 
Don’t Tread On Me House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Family Vacation, Besting Tensions, The Jawn, Jantones
 
4QHQ (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Batworm, New Crime
 
The Mitten (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Benefit for Women Against Abuse w/Ex By V, Amanda X, See-Through Girls, Mermaid Parade
 
Colde Club (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Downtown Club
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New Video: Tiny Desk Concert (NPR) - Waxahatchee

Here's the video of a solo performance by Waxahatchee, a.k.a. Katie Crutchfield, for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series. Her set consisted of the songs "I Think I Love You" and "Bathtub," from last year's American Weekend, and "Tangled Envisioning," from Crutchfield's latest critically acclaimed LP Cerulean Salt. Enjoy!

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New Videos: "I Think I Love You" (Live) & "Tangled Envisioning" (Live) - Waxahatchee

Oh boy...this is really a crystal-clear recording from Last.fm and Gibson's session with Katie Crutchfield, a.k.a. Waxahatchee. She stopped in to play acoustic versions of "I Think I Love You," off 2012's American Weekend, and Cerulean Salt's "Tangled Envisioning" while on tour in the UK. Waxahatchee just also announced some winter tour dates with Cayetana in tow and a Philly show on Sunday, January 26 at the First Unitarian Church. Props to Sunchord Media Production on some beautiful sounding footage.


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Free Download: Hopscotch Fest - Birds of Maya & Waxahatchee

Live music archivist NYCTaper just posted sets by Philly's Birds of Maya and Waxahatchee from this year's Hopscotch Fest. You can listen to performances of Birds of Maya's "E.O.I." (September 7, 2013 - Paradise of Bachelors/WXYC Day Show at Louise "Scottie" Stevenson Amphitheatre) and Waxahatchee's "You're Damaged" (September 6, 2013 - Kennedy Thatre) below as well as download their entire shows HERE. Enjoy!

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Show Recap: Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, Tenement & Trophy Wife at the First Unitarian Church

Don Giovanni Records fall tour, which slated Screaming Females, Waxahatchee and Tenement together, made its final stop at First Unitarian Church Sunday night. The tenacious twosome of Katy Otto and Diane Foglizzo, a.k.a. Trophy Wife, kicked off the show with a quick intense set demonstrating the duo’s raw power while setting the bar for the rest of evening. Amos Pitsch-fronted Wisconsin punk outfit Tenement were next. The set included moments of guitar flourishes and Pitsch glistened with effort; however, the set seemed to flash with the blink of an eye.
 
Hometown favorite Waxahatchee, a.k.a. Katie Crutchfield, wasted little time putting the crowd underneath her thumb with songs primarily from her latest critically acclaimed LP Cerulean Salt, a steady combination of emotive intimacy and controlled aggression. The delicate nature of “Bathtub” transitioned into the energetic pop vibe of “Coast to Coast” with its bursting percussion, and then Waxahatchee displayed a different side with the darkened edge of “Misery Over Dispute.” The subdued “Lively” preceded a fitting cover of “Make Your Own Kind of Music,” which was written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and made famous by Cass Elliot. Closing with “Peace and Quiet,” Waxahatchee delivered a multifaceted set, pulling the audience in close as Crutchfield held them with every word.
 
Screaming Females had the final word on this night. The trio led by blistering guitarist/singer Marissa Paternoster enthralled the audience with a litany of in-synch heavy grooves with thick smashing drums and impassioned vocals, piling riff after riff on Ugly staples such as “Leave It All Up to Me” and “It All Means Nothing,” demonstrating her chops through a series of finely executed solos. The crowd bounced along to “Sheep,” and fell in line on “Baby Jesus.” By the time the band appropriately closed out the show/tour with an explosive take on “Expire,” there was no doubt the audience had digested the message loud and clear. (Photos by Rachel Barrish) - Michael Colavita
 
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Weekend Warrior, September 27 - 29

Listening to the songs of Alabama-by-way-of-Brooklyn-transplant, Waxahatchee, is getting a glimpse of her soul. Katie Crutchfield’s style is fuzzy, lo-fi (even on the primarily acoustic tracks), but her voice cuts through the melody, revealing a slight southern lilt and a whole lot of honesty. It’s easy to imagine Crutchfield as a friend, her lyrics read like a conversation - the kind of talk that happens in the dwindling hours of darkness, fighting heavy lids and sharing hazy secrets. The same cathartic lyricism exists with the night’s other local act, Trophy Wife. Except with their songs, there’s no gentle romance - just two exposed, beating hearts. Katy Otto and Diane Foglizzo take their incredible vocal range and pair it with an unapologetic outlook on the world. They test themselves and their listeners, to face, head-on, what makes them uncomfortable. Belted over heavy guitar lines and crashing drums, their music will cut to the bone. Both acts and Wisconsin’s Tenement lead into Sunday evening’s headliner at the Church, New Brunswick’s own Screaming Females. The Female’s brazen punk style has garnered them a large following over their seven years, but their musical integrity hasn’t strayed. Frontwoman, Marissa Paternoster, owns the stage with her own brand of might and fury unleashed through her magnificent guitar work and vocals. While each act carves their own musical style, there’s no doubt they’ll all leave a mark. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8pm, $10 adv/$12 door, All Ages - Shaylin O’Connell
 
Other things to do during this fall weekend…
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Work Drugs, Lockets, Bridge Underwater
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Marc Neibauer, Scott Churchman, The Fantastic Imagination
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Hound, SAT Ugh God, SGNLS
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St. Philadelphia) SUN Jeff Ziegler & Mary Lattimore, Laura Baird
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Kingsnake, SAT Sean Graham, Red Richards, Jason Evan, Blueshift, SUN Heathen Reign, Sunburster
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI The Bigness, SAT The National Rifle
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Moonstirker, Left of Logic, North Broad, Barncat, SAT Kwesi Kankam, Nicky P, SUN D&M
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Meta, Silverton
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Anjuli Josephine, Attic Dancers
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SUN Air Is Human, The Saturday Giant
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 3rd St.) FRI Family Vacation, Slothrust, SAT Sunshine Superman
 
The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, SUN Bridging The Music Presents: Pennsylvania Solo Artist Awards
 
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) SUN Knucklehead, The Charley Few, Wimp Talk
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI The Philly Zombie Prom
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Ground Up
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI (Early) John Train, (Late) The Donuts, SAT Jersey Corn Pickers
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Chris Kasper CD Release Party w/Hezekiah Jones, SAT Absolute Zeros, SUN Cream: The Best of Philly Rising
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI In The Presence of Wolves, Lor, SAT Electric Boa, Torsion, SUN Andrew Winter and The Reckless Dodgers, Midnight Bottle Service
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT Jacopo De Nicola
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Pr$ph$t, Charlie No Face, A Decent Distraction, SUN Higher Level Trap Boys
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Besting Tensions, Alex Dimattia, SAT Stealing Fame, Mike Nappi
 
Little Berlin (2430 Coral St.) SUN Van Sutra
 
The Dream Oven (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Secret Plot to Destroy The Entire Universe, King God, SUN Placeholder, Sex Cross, Herb
 
Moonbase Nix (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Alex G, Dogs on Acid, SHMNS
 
Glitoria (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Fuck SS, Batworm
 
The Mitten (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Mitten Garden Show and Potluck w/ Mikey Cantor, Cynthia Ann Schemmer
 
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New Music Video: "Misery Over Dispute" - Waxahatchee

Here's Waxahatchee, a.k.a. Katie Crutchfield, showing of her tap-dancing skills in a new music video for "Misery Over Dispute." Yeah, you read that right. The black and white video was directed by Joshua Mikel. Waxahatchee will be performing next in Philly on September 29 at the First Unitarian Church with Screaming Females so grab your tix because that's going to be a rad show.

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