Front Row

Waxahatchee, Live In Concert: SXSW 2013

Listen

Listen

Loading…

25:48
  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/173425493/174889413" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">

If Katie Crutchfield ever becomes a solo star, it's hard to imagine how the Waxahatchee singer's most bruised and beautiful songs will translate to a gigantic stage. Tucked into a back room at Stubb's during SXSW on March 13 — and following in the immediate aftermath of Nick Cave's swaggering turn under the stars — Crutchfield opened her 25-minute set with a string of fragile solo songs, each more delicate than the last. This was interior music, made of guts and nerves and other viscera we don't share easily.

But then, about a third of the way through, Crutchfield showed another side: She took her odes to nervous doubt and lonely ambivalence and amped them up as the head of a killer power trio. It makes sense that Crutchfield would want to showcase both halves of her personality, given the solo-to-full-band transformation that occurred between last year's debut, American Weekend, and Waxahatchee's fine new album, Cerulean Salt. What's remarkable is the way each side — vulnerability and forcefulness — enhances the other, to moving and cathartic effect.

Set List
  • "Noccalula"
  • "Tangled Envisioning"
  • "Coast To Coast"
  • "Peace And Quiet"
  • "Be Good"
  • "Lively"
  • "Waiting"
  • "Brother Bryan"
  • "American Weekend"
Credits

Producers: Mito Habe-Evans, Robin Hilton, Amy Schriefer; Technical Director: Kevin Wait; Event Coordinator: Saidah Blount; Assistant Producer: Denise DeBelius; Videographers: Christopher Farber, Katie Hayes Luke, A.J. Wilhelm; Audio Engineering by Metro Mobile; Production Assistants: Gabriella Garcia-Pardo, Ryan Smith; Special Thanks to: Stubb's and South By Southwest; Executive Producers: Anya Grundmann, Keith Jenkins.

[+] read more[-] less

More From Rock

A still from The Armed's "Paradise Day." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

itoggle caption Courtesy of the artist

All Songs TV

First Watch: The Armed, 'Paradise Day'

An office worker incites a hedonistic karaoke mosh pit in a short film for the hardcore band.

Tiny Desk Concert with Hop Along. Maggie Starbard/NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Maggie Starbard/NPR

Tiny Desk

Hop Along

Frances Quinlan's raspy voice whispers one moment, then lets loose a gut-punching howl the next.

Tiny Desk Concert with Timothy Showalter, songwriter and producer of Strand of Oaks. Maggie Starbard /NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Maggie Starbard /NPR

Tiny Desk

Strand Of Oaks

Timothy Showalter's music is filled with bite and sometimes regret, but also a good deal of warmth.

Patrick Watson performs 'Hearts' live on KCRW. Larry Hirshowitz/KCRW hide caption

itoggle caption Larry Hirshowitz/KCRW

Favorite Sessions

Patrick Watson, 'Hearts' KCRW-FM

Watch the Montreal singer bring the lush, layered, atmospheric "Hearts" to Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Back To Top