Alt-Nation: Hot Rocks

waxWaxahatchee – Ivy Trip (Merge Records)

Indie rockers Waxahatchee released their 3rd album, Ivy Trip, last month. Primarily a vehicle for singer/songwriter Katie Crutchfield, Waxahatchee finish up this leg of their US tour at the Greenwich Odeum this Thursday night, March 14. On Ivy Trip, tunes like “Under a Rock,” which reminds me of the power pop of bands like Letters to Cleo. “Poison” sounds like a lost Velocity Girl song, which is never a bad thing. “La Loose” has a bit of a math rock vibe between the keyboards and repetitive beats. Waxahatchee kick it a notch on “The Dirt,” which places ’60s girl group harmonies over a driving backbeat reminiscent of ’90s indie rockers like The Vaselines or Beat Happening. “Summer of Love” has a wistfulness of a Mazzy Star with lyrics, “the summer of love is a photograph of us.” On Ivy Trip, Waxahatchee offer a slice of indie rock heaven. Don’t miss what The New York Times named as one of the top ten female musicians to watch in 2015 as she rocks East Greenwich.

Waxahatchee will play the Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main St, East Greenwich on May 14.

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