Swearin' at Black Cat Backstage Monday, March 17

The Crutchfield sisters are relentless in their pursuit of musical fulfillment. After their band PS Eliot dissolved, Katie went on to form the introspective folk act Waxahatchee, while Allison started the professionally unpolished pop-punk band Swearin’. They’ve developed an appreciative following by playing show after show. Last September Swearin’ opened for The Julie Ruin, Kathleen Hanna’s first band since Le Tigre, and in subsequent interviews she called Allison and her bandmates “really sweet kids.” Coming from the co-founder of riot grrrl, the compliment means a lot. Swearin’s songs are weirdly loose, with fuzzy guitars and an aching drawl from Allison and fellow vocalist Kyle Gilbride. Plus, for every confessional slow jam, there’s a tightly melodic pop song like “Dust in the Gold Sack.” Their feisty live act returns to D.C. on March 17, when the band headlines the Black Cat alongside local acts Title Tracks and Beach Week. Check out Swearin’ while they’re still really sweet kids, not indie superstars. Swearin’ performs with Title Tracks and Beach Week at 8 p.m. at Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10–$12. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com.

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