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Waxahatchee, Cayetana, Snail Mail

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Photo by Jesse Riggins.

Photo by Jesse Riggins.

There's plenty to recommend Philadelphia musician Katie Crutchfield's first three albums under the name Waxahatchee—especially the balance she strikes between catchy power-pop and brooding singer-songwriter territory—but on the fourth, this year's Out In The Storm, her work comes through with a striking clarity and openness. Songs like "Hear You" and surging album opener "Never Been Wrong" are as fraught and emotionally tricky as anything else Waxahatchee has put out, yet they feel unmistakably like the work of someone shedding a burden and relishing some newfound sense of freedom. On "Silver," Crutchfield shows that she's still a master at balancing sugary hooks with a deep-down ache. As a lyricist, she's also great at investing small moments with profound, if fuzzy, significance, as on "Recite Remorse": "When I stood in my front yard, felt the sun on my face / it just felt like a re-run, holding everything in place / for a moment I was not lost / I was waiting for permission to take off." —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: July 20
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Later Event: July 21
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