Indie rockers Whitney are taking over the First Avenue Mainroom on Thursday, November 30th and to say this is a can’t miss show would be an understatement. Since 2015, Whitney has been captivating audiences with their catchy, anthemic pop-songs and their electric, heart-on-their-sleeve live show. Whitney make casually melancholic music that combines the wounded drawl of Townes Van Zandt, the rambunctious energy of Jim Ford, the stoned affability of Bobby Charles, the American otherworldliness of The Band, and the slack groove of early Pavement. Their debut, Light Upon the Lake, released in June 2016 on Secretly Canadian, and it marks the culmination of a short, but incredibly intense, creative period for the band. To say that Whitney is more than the sum of its parts would be a criminal understatement. Formed from the core of guitarist Max Kakacek and singing drummer Julien Ehrlich, the band itself is something bigger, something visionary, something neither of them could have accomplished alone. The band itself is something bigger, something visionary, something neither of them could have accomplished alone.
A favorite Chicago group of some of the staffers here at TCM- NE-HI- will be opening the night. Emerging from underground venues in Chicago’s Northwest side, NE-HI made its name on both its live energy and cleverly wrought guitar anthems. On its second album, Offers (Grand Jury), the band takes those basement-forged instincts and refines them, lets its guitars explore new angles, and focuses its songwriting. The result shows there are a wide range of post-punk possibilities yet to be explored. Much like Whitney, these guys have a powerful live show that should not and can not be ignored.
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Remaining Tour Dates:
December 01 – Omaha, Neb. @ Waiting Room
December 03 – Denver, Colo. @ Bluebird Theater
December 04 – Denver, Colo. @ Bluebird Theater