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Waxahatchee

July 21
8 p.m.
$15-$17
Alternative, Indie Rock, Rock, Singer-Songwriter

Waxahatchee, the project of Alabama-bred, Philly-based indie rocker Katie Crutchfield, has been on an upward trajectory since 2012 debut American Weekend, a charmingly lo-fi record whose reputation grew steadily via word of mouth. With 2013’s Cerulean Salt, Crutchfield added full-band instrumentation without sacrificing intimacy, and 2015’s even more confident Ivy Tripp solidified her reputation as one of indie rock’s finest young talents. Her brand-new fourth album, Out in the Storm, is yet another step forward. Produced by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile), Crutchfield and her band climb to glorious power-pop heights on songs such as the leadoff cut “Never Been Wrong.” There are acoustic numbers that have spiritual predecessors in the quiet songs of American Weekend, yet Crutchfield’s clear-headed lyricism on the breakup-inspired record is equally felt during its hardest-rocking moments. Cayetana and Snail Mail open.