From just behind me, I could hear youthful voices discussing which Crutchfield sister was their favorite, Katie or Allison. It was an innocent conversation that likely recalled many similar conversations in the 90s regarding Kim and Kelly Deal of the Breeders.
Moments later, Waxahatchee took the stage, opening with a chilling rendition of their latest single “Recite Remorse.” Front and center, Katie Crutchfield’s voice sounded smokier and even more confident than on their latest record Out in the Storm. No matter how much you love a record, it’s never a guarantee that the live performance of the same material will be special. Fortunately, from start to finish Waxahatchee’s set felt like an upgrade on the same songs that have made the band one of the more beloved indie bands of recent years. It was the kind of convincing performance that makes anyone in the room a fan.
Speaking of convincing performances, led by young Lindsey Jordan, Snail Mail nearly stole the show with their opening set. The trio delivered a passionate introduction that reinforced the fact that the praise the band has received is about more than just Jordan’s young age (17).
Bridging the gap between Snail Mail and Waxahatchee’s set, Cayetana held their own with an energetic set with a riot grrrl spirit.