The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Waxahatchee, Wheel Workers, Wilco, etc.

Waxahatchee Walters Downtown, April 20

Katie Crutchfield has the kind of voice that people notice right away. Now recording and performing as Waxahatchee -- named after a creek about an hour southeast of her hometown of Birmingham, Ala. -- Crutchfield's songs can be giddy, eerie or confrontational; whatever mood suits her disarmingly frank lyrics, really. A prolific musician since her late teens, the twentysomething singer-songwriter (who now lives in NYC via Philadelphia) first appeared on the indie cognoscenti's radar with Waxahatchee's second album, Cerulean Salt, which earned her a best-of-2013 nod by the mighty Pitchfork.

It also made Crutchfield labelmates with the likes of Arcade Fire via Merge Records, who earlier this month released the equally unpredictable and enjoyable Ivy Tripp. "I have thought of it like this," Crutchfield says in her official Merge bio. "Cerulean Salt is a solid and Ivy Tripp is a gas." (Another bullseye; it is a gas.) If you read this early enough Monday, Cactus Music is selling tickets to this show for a flat $10. With The Goodbye Party and the Lories.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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