Waxahatchee takes another big step forward on the excellent Out In The Storm

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With the release of Ivy Tripp in 2015, Katie Crutchfield, a.k.a. Waxahatchee, appeared to be in a good place. The album would find its way to multiple “best of the year” lists (including ours), and Crutchfield had seemingly neutralized some personal drama—a breakup with producer/bandmate Keith Spencer, who also played…

The Mountain Goats get a little lost in the darkness of Goths

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Goths, the Mountain Goats’ 16th studio album, opens with “Rain In Soho,” a barnburner of a song that belies the subdued nature of the tracks that follow. In fact, it gets things off to such a rousing start that it’s easy to overlook what’s missing—namely, frontman John Darnielle’s guitar. As mentioned in the album’s…

Mount Moriah brings the intensity in the latest video from our Pickathon series

It’s the fourth Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for The A.V. Club’s ongoing video series with Oregon’s Pickathon festival. While last month we brought in the sunshine with the legendary King Sunny Adé, this month we’re mentally venturing down to North Carolina, where Mount Moriah resides. In the clip…

On Poison Season, Destroyer broadens its sound with oddball charm intact

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The press materials for Poison Season, the 11th record Dan Bejar has recorded under the name Destroyer, cite David Bowie’s chamber-pop classic Hunky Dory as an influence this time around. The touchstones—ornate strings, piano flourishes—are certainly there, but Poison Season is a looser, less-constrained affair. With…

Watch the new Telekinesis video, shot on Goonies beach

Telekinesis—with or without the exclamation point—is a longtime A.V. Club favorite. The band—really just Michael Benjamin Lerner and whoever he’s got around him at the moment—has released three excellent albums, and recently announced the impending release of a fourth, Ad Infinitum. The new one, due out September 18,…

Waxahatchee crushes expectations and embraces new sounds on Ivy Tripp

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Over the course of three releases, certain expectations about Waxahatchee’s sound have been established, whether bandleader Katie Crutchfield likes it or not. It’s those preconceptions—that her standards are haunting acoustic guitar ballads and bouncy pop songs—that make the blast of noise that opens Ivy Tripp so…

Merge Records’ Laura Ballance curates a 25-hour playlist of the label’s best LPs

In the 25 years since its inception, Merge Records has managed to do the seemingly impossible: become a commercially successful, well-respected independent record label. Founded by Superchunk members Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance in 1989, Merge has gone from pressing small batches of 7-inch singles to releasing…

Exclusive: Here's Wye Oak's creepy new video for "Glory"

Wye Oak’s new album Shriek came out yesterday, and Erik Adams already told you how great it is. Now we’ve got the exclusive debut of “Glory,” a kinda creepy, kinda ’80s video directed by Michael Patrick O’Leary and Ashley North Compton. It features ice cream, cigarettes, gold shoes and beads, and a wristwatch, which…