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There’s a small plastic turtle on the dashboard of Cayetana’s old blue van. Her name is Tracy. She wears red glasses and does a little side-to-side dance. The van’s name is “Fast Car,” after the Tracy Chapman hit that the band cranks every time they head out to the next show. They’re aware it’s a… More »

Allison Crutchfield is, understandably, the center of attention where Swearin’ is concerned. The origin story almost demands it: After conquering the tiny, insular kingdom that is the DIY punk house circuit with their passionately-beloved-among-the-initiated P.S. Eliot, twin Crutchfield sisters Katie and Allison split up and set out to conquer slightly larger, slightly less insular kingdom… More »

We learned what are David Bowie’s 100 favorite books this week and it was pretty varied, replete with classics, comics, and new works, among other things. Here’s another list of carefully considered works, albeit ranging only from last Friday until yesterday — but, perhaps there are some new classics among the lot. Check it out… More »

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Allison Crutchfield – “Special To Me” (Phantom Of The Paradise Cover)

Record Store Day may have rejected Faux Real II, a new compilation from Father/Daughter Records, but that doesn’t mean you should. The comp features DIY-scene heavy hitters like Chumped, Krill, and LVL UP covering songs that fictional artists sang in movies. Lately, Swearin’ frontwoman Allison Crutchfield has been backing up her twin sister Katie i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 23, 2015 - 12:32 pm

Sam Cook-Parrott & Allison Crutchfield – “Something About What Happens” (Lucinda Williams Cover)

It’s by no means a surprise to hear that Swearin’s Allison Crutchfield has been collaborating with Sam Cook-Parrott, the songwriter behind Radiator Hospital’s understated but equally excellent full-length Torch Song. Crutchfield is featured on Torch Song’s final track, “Midnight Nothing,” which is perhaps the most unusual song on the record and demonstrates the duo’s compatible… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / January 5, 2015 - 11:37 am

Stream Allison Crutchfield Lean In To It EP

Allison Crutchfield is the leader of the very good indie rock band Swearin’, and her twin sister (and former bandmate) Katie Crutchfield is Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield. Allison just released her solo EP Lean In To It last week, and it’s nothing like the stark acoustic music that Katie was making when she started out o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 11, 2014 - 5:16 pm

Members Of Swearin’, Speedy Ortiz, Perfect Pussy, Joanna Gruesome Share What It’s Like Being The Only Girl In A Band

A couple weeks ago, Noisey posted an article by Mariel Loveland of the New Jersey band Candy Hearts titled “How To Survive Being The Only Girl In The Band.” Loveland’s advice on this matter consisted of suggestions like, “It’s OK to let the guys help you with your luggage and equipment as long as you… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 28, 2014 - 11:26 am

Stream Great Thunder Groovy Kinda Love

Waxahatchee frontwoman Katie Crutchfield and Swearin’ bassist Keith Spencer comprise an experimental duo called Great Thunder. We heard “Kees” from the Strange Kicks EP way back in April. Now they’ve returned with sophomore LP Groovy Kinda Love, which clocks in at a whopping 30 tracks and spans a wide genre gamut as per their 22-track… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 19, 2013 - 10:22 am

Stream Swearin’ Surfing Strange

Next week, the Philly based punkers Swearin’, a Band To Watch as of last year, will release Surfing Strange, the follow-up to their 2012 self-titled debut. Surfing Strange is more layered and thoughtful than that first album, but its also more of an endorphin-rush fuzz-bash than Cerulean Salt, the 2013 album from Waxahatchee, Swearin”s sister… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 28, 2013 - 9:08 am

Swearin’ – “Dust In The Gold Sack” Video

The sunny Philadelphia-based fuzz-punkers Swearin’, who released their self-titled debut and became a Band To Watch last year, are set to drop their sophomore LP Surfing Strange next month. Today, they give us the video for their awesomely giddy single “Dust In The Gold Sack.” It’s one of those classically low-budget band-goofing-off-in-practice-space videos, elevated by… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 21, 2013 - 9:56 am

Swearin’ – “Dust In The Gold Sack”

Last year, Philly-based punks Swearin’ released their great self-titled debut album, and we made them a Band To Watch. They’re already about to release their second album Surfing Strange, and we’ve interviewed leader Allison Crutchfield and posted first single “Watered Down.” This morning, they’ve shared another song, “Dust In The Gold Sack,” which goes back… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 2, 2013 - 9:35 am

Q&A: Swearin’ Discuss Making Music With Friends And Their New Album Surfing Strange

It was only just a year ago that Band To Watch Swearin’ — featuring the prodigious talents of former P.S. Eliot band member Allison Crutchfield — released their excellent self-titled debut album. For fans of P.S. Eliot (in which Crutchfield played opposite her twin sister, Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield) the excellent Swearin’ not only helped softe… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / October 1, 2013 - 5:17 pm

Swearin’ – “Watered Down”

Swearin’ are gearing up to release a brand new LP Surfing Strange in November and the bass-heavy, riff-wailer “Watered Down” is our first taste of what’s to come. The band is also gearing up for massive international and U.S. tours with member Allison Crutchfield’s sister Katie and her project Waxahatchee, who released an endearing video… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / September 13, 2013 - 11:18 am

Katie & Allison Crutchfield – “Oblivion” (Grimes Cover)

Well, this is pretty dope. Rookie has commissioned a theme song for the month of May, and it’s badass both in theory and in execution. Waxahatchee leader Katie Crutchfield and her twin sister, Swearin’ leader Allison have recorded a punked-up cover of a song that never exactly screamed for a punked-up cover: Grimes’ ethereal burble… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 20, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Band To Watch: Swearin’

Swearin’ co-frontperson Allison Crutchfield is only 23 years old, but she’s been in the game forever already. A truncated history: She started the Ackleys as a ninth grader in Birmingham, AL, with her twin sister, Katie; they were on Warped Tour as high school students. After that band called it quits, the sisters formed P.S. More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 13, 2012 - 10:00 am