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Add of the Week: Adrianne Lenker & Waxahatchee

Two brilliantly unique songwriters unleash solo albums, a balm to the collective soul. Hear cuts from both LPs on Noteworthy Freeform and Noteworthy Roots & Americana

March 22 marks the release of two highly anticipated albums from two badass female singer/songwriters: Adrianne Lenker, lead vocalist and guitarist for beloved indie group Big Thief, releases her first solo LP “Bright Future” (4AD). Kate Crutchfield, also known as Waxahatchee, continues her foray into americana-tinged indie with her new album “Tigers Blood” (ANTI-).

Adrianne Lenker performs lead single “Sadness As A Gift”

Big Thief have been making waves in the indie world ever since the release of their debut album “Masterpiece” back in 2016, but most recently with 2022’s “Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You”. That album blew up – coinciding with a rigorous touring schedule, including a string of headlining festival dates (such as Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival), more people were talking about Big Thief than ever. Which explains why there has been plenty of buzz around frontwoman Adrianne Lenker’s first solo LP – and the music backs up the hype. Sparse yet beautiful arranged instrumentation backs Adrianne’s singular voice, waxing poetic on love, loss, grief, and rebirth. It’s an emotional journey, and one that I’ll happily take again and again.

Meanwhile, Waxahatchee also released a stellar album. Katie Crutchfield formed the group from the ashes of a previous project, and the new record “Tigers Blood” is, in my eyes (and ears), the height of her creative output so far. It’s an Americana album first and foremost, led by the unstoppably catchy single “Right Back To It” (featuring MJ Lenderman on backing vocals and guitar). Other, rockier songs on the album still have that southern twang to them, which Crutchfield no doubt picked up from growing up in Alabama.

Both Adrianne Lenker & Waxahatchee are touring the states this spring/summer:

Adrianne Lenker Tour Dates:

06-09 Austin, TX – The Paramount Theatre
06-10 Austin, TX – The Paramount Theatre
06-12 Albuquerque, NM – KiMo Theatre
06-13 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
06-15 Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel
06-16 Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel
06-17 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
06-20 Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
06-21 Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
06-22 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
06-25 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
06-26 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
06-28 Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
06-29 Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
11-11 Northampton, MA – Academy of Music Theatre
11-12 Boston, MA – Boch Center Shubert Theatre
11-13 Boston, MA – Boch Center Shubert Theatre
11-15 Montreal, Quebec – L’Olympia
11-16 Toronto, Ontario – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
11-19 Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
11-21 Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
11-22 Durham, NC – TBA
11-23 Washington, D.C. – The Anthem
11-25 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
11-26 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

Waxahatchee Tour Dates:

04-18 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
04-19 Saint Paul, MN – Palace Theatre
04-20 Chicago, IL – Salt Shed
04-21 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
04-23 Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall
04-25 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
04-26 Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
04-27 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Paramount Theatre
04-28 Richmond, VA – The National
04-30 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
05-01 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
05-03 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
05-04 Orlando, FL – The Beacham Theater 
05-05 Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
05-06 Birmingham, AL – Lyric Theatre
05-08 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
05-09 Fort Worth, TX – Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall
05-10 Houston, TX – The Heights Theater
05-11 Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater
05-13 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
05-14 San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
05-16 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
05-17 Paso Robles, CA – Barrelhouse Brewing Co.
05-18 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
05-19 Sonoma, CA – Gundlach Bundschu Winery
05-21 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
05-23 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
08-19 Boise, ID – Treefort Music Hall
08-21 Fort Collins, CO – Washington’s
08-23 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
08-24 Madison, WI – The Sylvee
08-25 Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Beer Garden
08-26 Pittsburgh, PA – The Warhol at Carnegie Music Hall
08-28 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
08-29 South Deerfield, MA – Tree House Summer Stage
08-30 Portland, ME – State Theater
08-31 Accord, NY – Arrowood Farms
09-01 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage
09-06 Vienna, VA – Filene Center at Wolf Trap
09-07 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
09-08 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore