When: Thu., March 21, 9 p.m. 2013

Katie Crutchfield, formerly of the Birmingham-based bands the Ackleys and P.S. Eliot (both with her twin sister Alison), is on a new page. At age 24, she has been making and performing music for 10 years, but this project is a little different than the punk roots from which she came. Her second album as Waxahatchee, Cerulean Salt, is immediately striking. Like the first, its bleeding honesty pulls you in, like finding the key to someone's diary—but Cerulean Salt has a more polished, collected sound. Crutchfield's storytelling vocals are reminiscent of Mirah or Cat Power, and on this record, a bassist and drummer accompany her gently roaring guitar. Cerulean hits the nail on the head with straightforward melodies and heart-on-sleeve lyrics. RACHEL MILBAUER

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