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Whitney/Hoops (in the Locker Room) 

When: Tue., May 31, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $8 ADV, $10 DOS
When Whitney formed in 2014, there were no expectations for the band to have a certain sound or style. But the country-influenced indie outfit delivers airy, laid-back songs. And Whitney has forged into new territory with their upcoming debut album Light Upon the Lake, due out on June 3. “We went in with absolutely no agenda,” says singer and drummer Julien Ehrlich. “We’ve been doing exactly what we wanted to do… it was pure unadulterated creation.” Guitarist Max Kakacek says the band’s influences for the upcoming album include reggae, country, jazz and “weird singles on YouTube” that bandmates would forward to each other. Ehrlich says Shania Twain and the Band were also inspirations. “We’re so obsessed with music,” she says. Though Whitney has only released a few singles to date, the band has already gained some traction with reviews from outlets like Noisey, Rolling Stone and Pitchfork. Like their easygoing songs, Whitney had an easygoing experience recording the album. “There were no challenges whatsoever,” says Ehrlich. “It’s an arduous, long process but it’s always worth it.” (Anne Nickoloff)


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