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Allison Crutchfield

Weekend Warrior, February 10 - 12

Allison Crutchfield & The Fizz will be celebrating the recent release of her new album Tourist in This Town (Merge) with a headlining performance this evening in the hallowed halls of the First Unitarian Church. The LP features contributions from Sam Cook-Parrott (Radiator Hospital, The Afterglows) and Joey Doubek (Pinkwash); both of whom are included in tonight’s loaded lineup. Tourist, which is currently The Deli Philly’s Record of the Month, radiates capturing the sadness of relationships that have run their course. Yet, the cathartic, empowering aftermath, exposed through the enduring strength of revealing, thoughtful songwriting, creates a transformative energy.
Also, on the same day that their debut LP Friend of a Stranger is released via Born Losers, Louie Louie mark the occasion with a record release party tonight at PhilaMOCA. The quartet finds balance between the honed-harmonies reminiscent of the golden age of classic girl groups, while exhibiting fierce, authoritatively catchy, garage-surf sounds. Opening the festivities will be the sticky, swaying garage-punk of Beat Jams and the guitar-igniting, punk onslaught of Dark Web.  
We know. We just made your decision about what to do tonight a lot more difficult. - Michael Colavita

Other places to get warmed up this weekend…
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Allison Crutchfield (Record Release), Radiator Hospital, Pinkwash, Empath
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Louie Louie (Record Release), Beat Jams, Dark Web
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Song Dogs, Oldermost, Free Range Folk, SAT Philly Loves J Dilla, SUN Queen Jesus
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Moon Bounce, SAT The York Street Hustle
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Atomic Sky, BlackRue, Autumn Passing/Appalachian Gypsy Tribe/ Dev79, Wolf Dem/DJ Deejay, SUN Fast Ride
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Splintered Sunlight
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Box of Rain, Boris Garcia
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Flux Capacitor
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SAT DJ Robert Drake
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) KYF Brewer
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Teenage Bigfoot / Alien Fuel, Sub Protocol
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Viv and the Revival, SAT Soraia, Mach22, Cold Roses, Kensington Nothings, SUN Alright Junior, Upholstery, Slyphr
Milkboy South Street (401 South St.) FRI Grayling, Harmony Woods, SAT Evan King, James Barrett
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI The Point Breeze Country Club, SAT Sing, Bird of Prey, Nicklas Hughes, SUN ACLU Benefit: Starter Jacket, Virgouts, Elissa Janelle Velveteen
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Ed Christof, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Francisco Collazo, DJ Venus 7
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Sonnder, In The Presence of Wolves, You do You, TC Cole Riot, Josh Nussbaum, SAT Super Bonanza, Mt Vengeance, SUN A Valentine Benefit for Freddy Pompeii: Dead Milkmen, Tough Shits, Decontrol, Live Not On Evil, Gibbous Moon, Trash Knife, FTS
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Mighty Mike Saga, Elijah S. Arms
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI The Sly Foxes, Bazmati Vice, Vanderlyle, The Disgruntled Sherpa Project, SAT The Parameters, Purple to the Core, The Groove Merchants
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Tutlie, Petunia
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Seer, N.E.G., Soul Glo, SAT LE Yikes Surf Club  , Virgouts, Gitmo Watersports
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI We Have Ghosts, Honeytiger

The Deli Philly’s February Record of the Month: Tourist in This Town - Allison Crutchfield

Over the past decade, Allison Crutchfield - former member of bands like Swearin’ and P.S. Eliot - made a name for herself by crafting brutally candid anthems about love, loss, and nostalgia. With her latest release since 2014’s Lean Into Me, Crutchfield grapples with the present head-on.
Tourist in This Town opens with the warm and soulful start of “Broad Daylight,” a gospel-inspired declaration of love that quickly blooms into a synth-y and cinematic ballad about a romance on the brink of chaos. “I’m selfish, and I’m shallow, and unstable,” she confesses, before asking seconds later, “Was it mutual respect, or was it mutual frustration?” “Broad Daylight” says everything that earlier cuts like “No One Talks” couldn’t. Unafraid and shameless, it tells the truth without playing coy.
On “I Don’t Ever Want to Leave California,” Allison channels her inner Bethany Cosentino, coupling surf ready riffs and tambourine with admitted faults (“I keep confusing love and nostalgia”) and new desires (“I aspire to live in the present”).  The acoustic calm of “Charlie” evolves into an intimate portrait of infatuated yearning, an uplifting reminder that love and lust isn’t always turmoil, that sometimes it’s just sweet bliss. “Dean’s Room” brings to mind the percussive trill of New Order’s iconic single “Age of Consent,” and is equally dance-inducing. Lyrically and instrumentally frenetic, it’s pop-friendly tempo is seductive, but friendly. It’s the sort of song that could easily convince listeners to “dance with the devil in broad daylight.”
“Sightseeing” perfectly captures the feeling of being haunted by shattered relationships via ethereal chords and delicate reverb. When Allison sings, “I can’t enjoy Paris because I get away from you/like a ghost trapped inside my hotel room,” it’s nearly impossible not to relate. “Expatriate” is reminiscent of girl group all-stars like Lesley Gore and the Ronettes with the unabashed realness of the Shangri Las’s “Right Not Now and Not Later” and Shannon Shaw’s “Point of Being Right.” Spector-esque but without a shred of co-dependency, “Expatriate” is a celebration of those who love themselves as fiercely as they love their significant others. “Mile Away” is satisfyingly electric, filled with tempered drum beats and crashing cymbal, while the fast-paced brevity of “The Marriage” contrasts with the brooding but steady buzz of “Secret Lives and Deaths.”
Within the span of three tracks, Allison’s strengths shine bright, reminding fans that her sound is as diverse as her career has been. Tourist in This Town ends with the hissing snare and melodic riffs of “Chopsticks and Pots and Pans,” a heartfelt earworm bound to make you press replay again and again. In a way, Tourist in This Town is a milestone, in the literal sense. No longer preoccupied with the past, Allison Crutchfield is boldly embracing the present and looking forward to whatever is next. - Dianca London

New Allison Crutchfield LP Available for Streaming

Allison Crutchfield first cut her teeth in music in high school, co-fronting The Ackleys with her sister Katie (of now Waxahatchee fame). They were later inspired to form pop-punk outfit P.S. Eliot after catching a So So Glos performance in their native home state of Alabama. Allison began appearing on The Deli Philly site with her band Swearin', and later on charmed us with her lo-fi solo effort, Lean Into It. And after the initial spin of her new LP Tourist In This Town, via NPR Music's First Listen, we are totally lovin' it, and predict that 2017 is going to be a most excellent year for the talented artist. The album officially comes out January 27 via Merge Records, and her hometown record release show will be held on Friday, February 10 at the First Unitarian Church, where she'll be joined by her backing band The Fizz, as well as good buddies Radiator Hospital, Pinkwash, Empath, and Try The Pie.

New Music Video: "I Don't Ever Wanna Leave California" - Allison Crutchfield

Co-directed with Catherine Elicson, the video for “I Don’t Ever Wanna Leave California” offers some further insight into Allison Crutchfield's debut solo album, Tourist In This Town, scheduled for release on January 27 via Merge Records. With an eye planted from the West Coast, the song captures a sense of casual, melodic warmth while describing in direct manner the desire to move forward personally. The First Unitarian Church will host Crutchfield & The Fizz’s record release show on Friday, February 10 that will also include Radiator Hospital, Pinkwash, Empath, and Try The Pie.

New Music Video: "Dean's Room" - Allison Crutchfield

Below is a new video from Allison Crutchfield for her lead single, "Dean's Room," which premiered earlier today at Pitchfork. The song will be found on her upcoming full-length album, Tourist in This Town, that was co-produced by Crutchfield and Jeff Zeigler (Uniform Recording). The record is scheduled for release on January 27, 2017 via Merge Records. The music video features lovely performances by dancer Marlee Grace, and was directed by Lara Jean Gallagher.


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