Sunday, April 20, 2014

Once A Creek, Now A River: Waxahatchee live

17 APRIL, 2014
Waxahatchee returned to LA on a layover between Coachella weekends, filling in the middle slot of a bill with Hopalong and Title Fight presented by FYF Fest at the Ukrainian Cultural Center. Since last we saw the band in December, headlining a bill with Swearin' and Upset in Eagle Rock, they've made the transition to a four-piece unit. Building on the expanding sound of the Great Thunder side project, Waxahatchee now hits it full bore, the dual guitar attack lending an anthemic edge to the title track of "American Weekend" without robbing it of emotion. As long as Katie Crutchfield leads the charge, even the loudest song will be incisive, as evidenced by a jaw-dropping take on Cerulean Salt's "Swan Dive" that packed even more of a punch than the spartan original, if that could be possible. A charged "Coast To Coast", and hair-raising "Misery Over Dispute" were the highlights of the set, giving way to "Peace and Quiet", which was blissfully anything but. Anyone attending Coachella expecting an acoustic solo set is in for a bit of a surprise. The only question remaining is 'what's next', but given her voluminous output, one suspects the answer will come sooner, rather than later.

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