Concert preview: Crutchfield sisters return to Columbus with Waxahatchee and Swearin'

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From the April 24, 2014 edition

It's oddly great how Waxahatchee is becoming a bit of a mainstay here, relative to many touring bands that touch our town biennially at best.

No complaints here — even if the Katie Crutchfield-fronted crew of ever-pensive and confessional folk-rockers came here twice in 2013, it's been a welcoming experience each time. In support is Swearin', the much more guitar-rock-inclined project of Katie’s sister, Allison Crutchfield, which brims with the foundational indie-rock of the ’90s (Built to Spill's touch is hard not to hear in a given Swearin' record).

Topping off the already phenomenal pair are the fuzzy-pop locals All Dogs. Needless to say, this lineup — other supporting acts Tyvek and Goners are worth a listen, too — is a jaw-dropper.

These three bands exhibit finesse in their music; all have found this musical and lyrical point that meshes over-driven and meaningful, creating songs that pull the heartstrings, but not without a slight cathartic mosh.

I wouldn't doubt that another Columbus date pops up for the Crutchfields soon, but, especially with this combination of sets, Sunday's not the day to be sloth.