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The Scene was our Illinois arts & culture podcast through 2017. Rachel Otwell curated the podcast which provided full-length stories and follow-ups, links to other reports, and conversations with you.This podcast contained a range of stories from the world of arts & culture, from visual art to Springfield's DIY music scene, to profiles of interesting local characters. The podcast was about what makes artists tick, and the diverse culture that exists within our community.

Interview: Katie Crutchfield AKA 'Waxahatchee' Plays Galesburg

Katie Crutchfield on the cover of the most recent record (2015)

Katie Crutchfield, a.k.a Waxahatchee, has - much to her own surprise, become an indie-rock darling with national recognition. Her newest album, Ivy Tripp, has been critically acclaimed (ie: here&  here), as have her previous two records. The name of the project comes from a creek in Alabama – which is Crutchfield’s home state. 

The 27 year old started making music in her early teens and is influenced by punk music and DIY venues and philosophy. Her songs convey a vulnerable, genuine expression, colored by her southern roots and feminism. Katie Crutchfield starts the interview with NPR Illinois by talking about when she first started making music with her twin sister, Allison (who also has a band called Swearin'): 

Waxahatchee plays in Galesburg on Saturday night at Knox College. For more info, click here.

Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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