The lovefest surrounding Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee would be concerning if she weren’t so rock solid, as far as human artstic types go. This year’s Ivy Tripp, like 2013’s Cerulean Salt, is a killer record, catchy in its highs and lows and lyrical, if a bit cryptic, which is fun, too. Whether to her dismay or delight, this is Crutchfield’s year to shine, but we like her kind of indie star — humble, generous. Waxahatchee plays Casbah after L.A. indie-pop duo Girlpool.... Also on Sunday: English indie rockers Kaiser Chiefs invade the stage at House of Blues...while that Modest Mousey Atlanta band Reptar’s at Soda Bar behind this year’s Lurid Glow.
This month’s Undercover at the Office celebrates a successful year of playing your faves, and what better band to bring it on home with than fucking Zeppelin. Good onya, Lauren Scheff et al. Can’t wait for this one.... Miss the door at the Office, just across the intersection, the deluscious Tori Roze and her Hot Mess bring their thing to Bar Pink’s Soultry Monday...nu-grass Grammy nominees Della Mae play Casbah...while Juice Box, HM3, and Aquarium fill a jazz-rock bill at Soda Bar.
From Nova Scotia in Canada, Richard Terfry, aka alternative hip-hop artist Buck 65, has the mic at Casbah Tuesday night. Buck’s touring in support of his “divorce-confessional record,” Neverlove. Heady rapper Astronautalis opens that show...while “humorcore” quartet Psychostick hits Brick by Brick. The Arizona band is out to tout this year’s comedy-metal record Revenge of the Vengeance, which includes sick hits such as “Obey the Beard” and “Dogs Like Socks.” Downtown Brown, Urizen, Vic Viper, and Blood Dancer fill the bill at the Bay Park bar.
New York alt-metal heads Helmet celebrate Betty’s 21st birthday at Belly Up humpnight. Read all about it — and Page Hamilton’s seemingly bottomless guitar tone — in Dryw Keltz’s “Betty is too weird” Blurt in this week’s issue.... Best of the rest’d be electropioneer Dan Deacon at Casbah with electroprotegés Prince Rama and Baltimore-based comic Ben O’Brien...while Sub Pop electronic artist Doldrums brings down Soda Bar with this year’s Air-Conditioned Nightmare. Not really. Spinning it right now and it is techno-funky fun. Canada band Moon King and locals Soft Lions open the show.