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Happy tax day everybody! You know what they say about taxation without representation, so I hope you're all representin' today. I'm also pleased to report that on a day when accurate record keeping is key, that 100% of specialty shows on our panel are accounted for. Get it? Accounted... Well, let's take a look at this week's charts and see who's getting a refund and who has to pay up.

For an amazing fourth week in a row, Courtney Barnett tops our album chart by a head and shoulders over her closest competition, with the unstoppable Sometimes I Sit and Think, snd Sometimes I Just Sit, which may not have a single in the top 10 this week, but it has two in the top 20.And hot on Courtney's heels once again this is JEFF The Brotherhood with Wasted On The Dream at #2 for a second week. This week's Buzz Band, Waxahatchee, who you can read more about later in this report, takes the #3 spot with her new album Ivy Tripp, and the yet-to-be-released Vaccines album is at #4. Both of those artists also have singles in a big four way tie on the singles chart that we'll talk more about later. First we'll talk about a three way tie for the #5 album between two just released records, Avid Dancer's debut 1st Bath and Toro Y Moi's What For?, and a highly anticipated upcoming release, Hot Chip's Why Make Sense?.

Over on the singles chart, a newcomer has bullied its way to #1 over a heap of more established artists. That quite literal bully is in fact Bully, with the single "Trying" from their forthcoming debut Feels Like. A bunch of those bullied by Bully are all tied at #2. A couple of those, as I mentioned, are The Vaccines with "Dream Lover" and Waxahatchee with "Under A Rock," as well as Dawes with "Things Happen" and Metz with "Acetate."

I'll leave it to you to check out the rest of the top 10's below or even more at FMQB.com/SubModern. Aside from that, I hope your taxes are all in order and a refund is coming your way, or at least you don't owe too much. Take care til next week.

~ Josh T Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow
I can't help it that fantastic musicians keep gravitating to my hometown of Philadelphia! However I am proud that my city has one of the best indie music scenes in the country these days, populated by natives and transplants. Add Katie Crutchfield to the list of those who have found they way to and fallen for The City of Brotherly Love. That said, I feel like I can be more impartial in this case because she took a leave of absence from living in Philly to move to Long Island, NY for a full year to make her latest record Ivy Tripp. Crutchfield originally hails from Alabama and took the name of her solo project Waxahatchee from a hometown creek. While Ivy Tripp is Waxahatchee's third album, it's certainly a good starting point, showing a trememdous leap forward in songwriting, musicianship, and production. It's also her Merge Records debut.

I peronally enjoy the album's more rockin' tunes the most, such as single "Under A Rock," "The Dirt," and "Poison." But there are some really great sparser tunes here as well like "Air," "<" (pronounced 'less than'), and "Grey Hair," that feel very personal. "La Loose" is also a cool track that almost feels like it doesn't belong here, with its synth beat and poppier vocals. That could be a jumping off point for album #4, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Though the only other musicians on Ivy Tripp are Keith Spencer and producer Kyle Gilbride, if you go see Waxahtachee live, you'll see a much fuller five piece band that includes Crutchfield's twin sister Allison. They've just embarked on a North American tour that will run through mid-May so find out when and where you can check them out at WaxahatcheeMusic.com or MergeRecords.com. I was fortunate enough to catch the tour opener at Philadelphia's Union Transfer with a photographer friend, so you can check out our photo album here.

By Josh T. Landow

Waxahatchee
Ivy Tripp
(Merge)

Updated 4/15/15
# Artist Track Label
1 BULLY TRYING STARTIME INTERNATIONAL / COLUMBIA
2t DAWES THINGS HAPPEN HUB / QPRIME
  METZ ACETATE SUB POP
  THE VACCINES DREAM LOVER COLUMBIA
  WAXAHATCHEE UNDER A ROCK MERGE
6t DESAPARECIDOS CITY ON THE HILL EPITAPH
  DU BLONDE BLACK FLAG MUTE
  HOT CHIP HUARACHE LIGHTS DOMINO
  MS MR PAINTED COLUMBIA
10 WOLF ALICE MOANING LISA SMILE DIRTY HIT / RCA
11t AVID DANCER MEDICATION GRAND JURY
  BRANDON FLOWERS CAN'T DENY MY LOVE ISLAND
  COURTNEY BARNETT DEAD FOX MOM + POP
  HEARTLESS BASTARDS GATES OF DAWN PARTISAN
15t BLUR LONESOME STREET PARLOPHONE UK / WARNER BROS.
  COURTNEY BARNETT PEDESTRIAN AT BEST MOM + POP
  DOLDRUMS LOOPS SUB POP
  DRENGE WE DO WHAT WE WANT INFECTIOUS / ADA
19t DEAD SARA SOMETHING GOOD INGROOVES / POCKET KID
  FORT LEAN CUT TO THE CHASE OOH LA LA
  JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD IN MY DREAMS INFINITY CAT
  KAISER CHIEFS FALLING AWAKE ATO
  ST. VINCENT TEENAGE TALK LOMA VISTA / CONCORD
  YUKON BLONDE SATURDAY NIGHT DINE ALONE
25t DEAF RHINO HEY YOU SELF-RELEASED
  JAMIE XX LOUD PLACES XL
  MEW SATELLITES PIAS
  MUMFORD & SONS THE WOLF GLASSNOTE

Updated 4/15/15
# Artist Album Label
1 COURTNEY BARNETT SOMETIMES I SIT AND THINK AND SOMETIMES I JUST SIT MOM + POP
2 JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD WASTED ON THE DREAM INFINITY CAT
3 WAXAHATCHEE IVY TRIPP MERGE
4 THE VACCINES ENGLISH GRAFFITI COLUMBIA
5t AVID DANCER 1ST BATH GRAND JURY
  HOT CHIP WHY MAKE SENSE? DOMINO
  TORO Y MOI WHAT FOR? CARPARK
8t TAME IMPALA CURRENTS (TAME IMPALA) INTERSCOPE
  WOLF ALICE MY LOVE IS COOL DIRTY HIT / RCA
10t BLUR THE MAGIC WHIP PARLOPHONE UK / WARNER BROS.
  DEAD SARA PLEASURE TO MEET YOU INGROOVES
  THE DIAMOND LIGHT VICIOUS VISIONS SELF-RELEASED
  DOLDRUMS THE AIR CONDITIONED NIGHTMARE SUB POP
  DRENGE UNDERTOW INFECTIOUS / ADA
  THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS GLEAN IDLEWILD / MEGAFORCE
16t 1ST VOWS THE RED EP SELF-RELEASED
  DEAF RHINO DIRT RUST CHAOS SELF-RELEASED
  MATT AND KIM NEW GLOW HARVEST
  MUMFORD & SONS WILDER MIND GLASSNOTE
  OOFJ ACUTE FEAST RING THE ALARM
  SAY LOU LOU LUCID DREAMING COSMOS
  STELLAR YOUNG VESSELS SELF-RELEASED
  SUFJAN STEVENS CARRIE & LOWELL ASTHMATIC KITTY
  THE WOMBATS GLITTERBUG BRIGHT ANTENNA / ADA
25t COLD WAR KIDS HOLD MY HOME DOWNTOWN
  THE CRIBS FOR ALL MY SISTERS ARTS & CRAFTS
  DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE KINTSUGI ATLANTIC
  SCOTT WEILAND AND THE WILDABOUTS BLASTER INGROOVES
  TWENTY ONE PILOTS BLURRYFACE FUELED BY RAMEN
  TWIN SHADOW ECLIPSE WARNER BROS.

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