Ever since Katie Crutchfield -- who goes by the stage moniker Waxahatchee -- announced she would release her third album, Ivy Tripp, earlier this year, we’ve been waiting with impatient excitement. Although the album is still a week away from its April 7 release via Merge Records, we can finally hear the LP in its entirety over on NPR, which is hosting a complete stream at this location.

Lead single, “Air,” showed promise of the Birmingham, Ala.-hailing singer-songwriter’s thoughtful ruminations set to fuller, more powerful guitar-driven arrangements. Now that we have Ivy Tripp on heavy rotation, we can say it certainly doesn’t disappoint, from the reverb-laden opener, “Breathless,” and grungy “Poison” to the quieter, more rueful “Stale by Noon.”

Ivy Tripp follows Waxahatchee’s 2012 debut, American Weekend, and 2013's Cerulean Salt. Crutchfield has U.S. tour dates scheduled through May, beginning with a show at Washington, D.C.’s Black Cat next week just in time for Ivy Tripp's Tuesday release. Check out a complete list of dates here.

If you want a positive testament of Waxahatchee’s live show, Diffuser recently caught the now Brooklyn-based singer at this year’s SXSW and we are very happy to vouch for it.

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