I tend to favor albums over concerts, but sometimes one can help you get into the other and hearing Waxahatchee at the Hi-Tone last night play songs I knew I knew ("Grass Stain," "Coast to Coast") and others I didn't know I knew ("Yeah, that one") made me want to go back into her albums anew.
Playing a simple electric guitar and flanked by a no-frills three-piece band, Crutchfield took the sonic sandpaper and low-key sensibility of indie/punk and applied it to the confessional singer-songwriter form, an exchange that can be good for both, as other artists before her -- I think of
(An aside: I find as I get older that I respond more and more to women artists, especially ones in indie-rock-related genres. I think it's because, on average, they tend to be less concerned with cool than their male counterparts and less fixated on emulating their record collections.)
But Waxahatchee wasn't the only reason I went out last night. I've also been wanting to get reacquainted with local singer
"You can see her three nights a week, in all these different settings," a friend at the show said, appreciatively, citing Simien's regular gigs at venues such as
Simien does play out a lot, but when you're 40 with two kids and spend a lot of nights at basketball games and film screenings and you're trying to find more time for art galleries and plays and other cultural endeavors, it's hard to get to shows as much as you'd like. So being able to see Waxahatchee and Simien on the same night -- in a show that ended before
I enjoyed the headliner, but liked the opener even more. Simien performs as if she doesn't care what you think, in the best possible way, enjoying her bandmates and revelling in the music itself.
Simien is in the core
Playing with her own four-piece backing band (guitar-bass-drums-trombone), Simien ended her set with respectively swooning and spirited takes on two of the best records ever made,
A few weeks ago in this space, I wrote about the
Say what?: Good for
Star & Micey gets their gear back: You might remember a story several weeks back about local band Star & Micey having thousands of dollars of gear stolen. The news today is that the gear has been located and arrests have been made in the theft.
Final Rec: As a follow-up to last week's Hold Steady show, check out this video the band recently put up about their
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