A triumvirate of female led acts hits The Mainroom April 23 at 7pm. Critically acclaimed singer songwriter Katie Crutchfield and her band Waxahatchee join forces with Hurray For The Riff Raff along with support from Bedouine. Tickets available HERE. https://first-avenue.com/event/2018/04/waxahatchee-hurrayfortheriffraff
A growing wave of enthusiasm continues to meet the acclaimed 4th studio album from Waxahatchee. Out In The Storm was named 2017’s, 14th best album of the year by Rolling Stone: “an album’s worth of tangled regret, helplessness, endurance and shame – driven home with burning guitars and ache and hunger in her voice.”
In a recent TCM interview, Patterson Hood was asked what was on his current playlist. He was quick to mention Craig Finn along with tour mate Lilly Hiatt before coming up with Waxahatchee as his faves. As Drive By Truckers fans can attest, Patterson knows a thing or two about writing great songs.
Crutchfield is the rare artist who not only writes very emotionally open songs but also knows how to drop the hammer and head down the rock and roll highway. The album is ostensibly about a bad break up but transcends the cliched and addresses more universal feelings of kicking yourself in the ass for doing something stupid before dusting yourself off and moving forward. She comes from a rich Southern musical background while her current efforts expands the boundaries. Fans of Lucinda Williams will want to be in the house.
ATO recording artist Hurray For The Riff Raff makes another regular stop at First Avenue. Puerto Rican born, New York City raised and New Orleans based Alynda Sagerra is familiar to Twin Cities listeners. Her song “Livin’ In The City” spent heavy rotation on The Current in the back half of 2017. NPR music critic Ann Powers called the song “The Body Electric” from her 2014 release Small Town Heroes “the political song of the year.”
For her most recent release The Navigator, Alynda creates an imaginary Puerto Rican street kid aka The Navigator, to take us on a journey of self-discovery. She’s “this girl who grows up in a city that’s like New York, who’s a street kid, like me when I was little, that has a special place in the history of her people.”
Opening for Waxahatchee and Hurray For The Riff Raff is Bedouine, a self-described nomad currently residing in LA. Despite a long-time aversion to the spotlight she has become a highly respected fixture of the underground LA music scene. She was convinced to step into the public eye by her EP collaborator Jake Blanton (Father John Misty and The Killers). The result is an effort described as: “Sweeping. Hypnotic…made for the modern cyber gypsy.”
If you’re the type of music fan who enjoys songs that tell human stories, explore different cultures and add a bit of cinema to your sound, First Avenue is the place to be on April 23.