Waxahatchee - Katie Crutchfield of this quintet (at least live, they are 5) comes out with guitar and voice for the opening cut before the full band adds their unique style to Crutchfield's songs. They remind me of Warehouse era Husker Du with fine pop hooks and just enough guts underneath. Although the band plays things in a more primitive style, it is quite striking and fits well as a contrast with light and dark working well together. I am happy finally to catch up with this band as I have heard interesting things and now see that it is quite effective on stage. As much as I love technical prowess, it always helps to see bands working their way up from the gut and into your head through steady body blows. Confused metaphors aside, the band really rocked tonight in a simple, direct, and highly effective manner.
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