Album Reviews

Waxahatchee, “Ivy Tripp” review: “Directionlessness” on a natural path

“Ivy Tripp,” the title of Katie Crutchfield’s third album as Waxahatchee, is a term she invented for “directionlessness, specifically of the twenty-something, thirty-something, forty-something of today, lacking regard for the complaisant life path of our parents or grandparents.” The record certainly captures that, and it’s unsurprising if you’ve heard Waxahatchee before.

Sonny and the Sunsets, “Talent Night At The Ashram” review: A mixed, musical film festival

Over the last four years, Sonny and the Sunsets’ Sonny Smith has achieved the output of a scrappy Soundcloud producer. Aside from his screenplays and short stories (some featuring callbacks to his time in Denver, where he started his music career playing piano at the now-defunct Muddy Waters cafe), Smith has released seven full-length albums in the last four years.

Father John Misty, “I Love You Honeybear” review: Trading one-liners for sincerity

From the first song of his debut album, “Fear Fun,” singer-songwriter Father John Misty (née Josh Tillman) proved an immediately intriguing character. With the charisma of a preacher and a comedian’s sense of delivery, Tillman waxed existential to the sounds of his then-home of Laurel Canyon, a semi-mythical L.A. neighborhood that inspired the likes of Joni Mitchell, CSNY and Jackson Browne.