Alt In Our Stars Podcast: Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield Talks Awesome New Album 'Ivy Tripp'

Trish Halpin
Waxahatchee visits Billboard's New York office for the Alt In Our Stars podcast on Feb. 24, 2015.

Get ready to start listening to a lot of Waxahatchee. Or maybe you have already -- Katie Crutchfield's band is prepping its third studio album and Ivy Tripp is primed to be one of the year's most talked-about indie rock releases. The singer-songwriter stopped by Billboard's New York office to chat about the new record, which drops April 7 on Merge.

It's Waxahatchee's first album for a big indie label like Merge (after previous releases on Don Giovanni and Wichita) so Katie explained to us how they hooked up, and what it's been like working with a much busier schedule. Even with higher stakes, rest assured the honest, personal songwriting that marked Katie's D.I.Y. days hasn't left us.

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"In the back of my mind I always wanted it to be Merge," she says. "I had a couple of mutual friends with (Superchunk members and Merge co-founders) Mac (McCaughan) and Laura (Ballance) and they were all putting that out there to them. Superchunk asked us to come on tour with them and when I finished the record I sent it to Mac. He liked it and the rest is history."

She also told us what it's been like to play in a band with her sister (Swearin's Allison Crutchfield) once again.

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