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“Giving Up” sets the bar high for Whitney’s forthcoming album

Whitney | via facebook.com/whitneychicago

Just as they promised, Whitney released a single last week from their upcoming album Forever Turned Around. The song, called “Giving Up”, will be track number one on their sophomore LP, which is set to be released on August 30 via Secretly Canadian. Based solely on the new song, it’s looking like those three years since 2016’s Light Upon the Lake were well spent by songwriting duo Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich. Continue reading →

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Whitney is back with a beautiful LP 2 teaser

Whitney | photo by Tyler Asay for WXPN

After three long years, Whitney has finally given us a taste of their second album — and what a lovely early week surprise it was. The band released “FTA” Monday morning and a music video to go along with it. The track is their first release since their single, “You’ve Got a Woman,” and their cover of Dolly Parton’s “Gonna Hurry (As Slow as I Can),” both from 2017. They first made their debut with Light Upon the Lake in 2016. Continue reading →

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Whitney extends their U.S. tour to include Philly, but where’s LP2?

Whitney | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Whitney | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

Whitney is comprised of songwriting duo Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich. In 2016, they released their debut album Light Upon the Lake, which was a critical and commercial hit. Now it’s three years later and we’re still without a sophomore effort from the band. Last week they announced an extension of their U.S. tour, including a Philly date in the fall, but LP number two is nowhere to be heard. Continue reading →

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Whitney bring the joyous Light Upon The Lake to Union Transfer

Whitney | photo by Tyler Asay for WXPN

On Monday night, Chicago indie rock band Whitney, who released their acclaimed debut Light Upon The Lake last year, played to fans both young and old at a packed Union Transfer. “This might be the biggest room we’ve played so far,” remarked vocalist/drummer Julian Ehrlich. “Get used to it!” exclaimed a voice from the audience, and he’s right. This talented six-piece, playing a modern version of soul/country-infused indie rock with catchy, cathartic melodies, only has larger rooms in front of them.

“The last time we were here in Philadelphia,” said Ehrlich, “We played at Johnny Brenda’s and there were five people there.” Whitney was started by Ehrlich (formerly of Unknown Mortal Orchestra) and guitarist Max Kakacek (of the disbanded Smith Westerns) in Chicago in 2015. Their set, which lasted a little over an hour, was made up of all the songs from their record, with a couple new ones thrown in as well. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Whitney and Hiss Golden Messenger are two sides of the same rootsy coin

Whitney | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Whitney | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

In just a few short hours, Whitney will play a sold-out show at Philly’s First Unitarian Church. It’s sure to be a life-changing, self-actualizing event, but not for me, because I didn’t get tickets in time. This would normally be cause for heartbreak, but this afternoon, I got a taste of what I would be missing when the septet took to the World Cafe Live stage for an all-too-brief, half hour set.

Whitney has been touring steadily since the release of their excellent debut, Light Upon the Lake, and it shows. Thanks to songwriting duo Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich, they have Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s sense of groove and Smith Western’s ear for arrangement, but they’ve translated it into a sound that’s all their own. The band may have only had time for six songs, but that constraint assured that they were all highlights. From the infectious, breezy “No Matter Where We Go” to the singalong catharsis of “Golden Days”, they sounded lively and polished, even if they had admittedly “partied too hard” the night before. Continue reading →

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The vibrant Whitney Peyton talks beginning, digital novel, and what to expect in the future

Whitney Peyton | Photo by Michael Carnrike
Whitney Peyton | Photo by Michael Carnrike

The young and charismatic Whitney Peyton has quite a few accolades for an artist still considered to be underground.  In the midst of winning tri-state contests and recognition from major media outlets like MTV and ABC (to name a few), the rapper also contributed to a collaborative children’s album that received a Grammy in 2012. Most recently, she’s been involved with a new innovative graphic novel that features 26 different underground artists from around the globe called How An Atomic Fart Saved The World.  With all that, the always hungry Whitney Peyton has her eyes set on future projects and music, looking to take her Underdog movement to a new forefront and demographic.  I was given the chance to talk to Peyton about her background and aspirations. Continue reading →

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Whitney Who? Local emcee Whitney Peyton wins “Emerging Indie Hip-Hop Artist of the Year” award at 2014 Tri-State Indie Music Awards

Photo via facebook.com/whitneypeytonmusic
Photo via facebook.com/whitneypeytonmusic

Up against well-known local hip-hop acts Ground Up and Moosh & Twist, Whitney Peyton‘s victory at last night’s Tri-State Indie Music Awards was unexpected. This isn’t the first local triumph for the rapper who has been rounding up countless local awards for her work since 2010. Peyton has even performed alongside Jadakiss, Kid Ink, Jim Jones, and more solidifying her status as more than just your average rap newcomer.

With her raw energy and fast flow, Peyton comes across as the female Machine Gun Kelly mixed with melodic influences of Missy Elliott (check out the hooks on “Made You Look” and “Boom Ba Yay”). The best thing about her, which comes across immediately when you listen to her rhymes, is that she’s not trying to be anyone else but Whitney Peyton. Clearly, hip-hop fans recognized this and awarded her for it. Fresh off the release of her new album, On the Brink, Peyton will blaze the TLA stage this Friday. Get tickets here and watch her video for “Woopty Woo Woo” below.

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Stream a new single from Hurry called “Oh Whitney” (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 1/14)

 

Hurry's Matt Scottoline | photo courtesy of the artist
Hurry’s Matt Scottoline | photo courtesy of the artist

Inspired by the feedback-laden pop of bands like Dinosaur Jr, Teenage Fanclub and Yo La Tengo, Everyone Everywhere‘s Matt Scottoline fronts Hurry,a project including a handful of Philly DIY scene luminaries (Univox, Dogs on Acid, Psychic Teens, EE). The band has released a string of EPs on Bandcamp, recorded a Key Studio Session in 2012, and releases its debut LP Everything/Nothing this year.  “Oh Whitney,” the first single from the effort, has a Fountains of Wayne suburban feel in the lyrics and pacing, though the guitar solos are clearly J Mascis-inspired.  Hurry opens for Yuck at Johnny Brenda’s on January 14th; tickets and information can be found here.  Stream “Oh Whitney” below and pick up limited edition single tapes at the show.

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Download: Jukebox The Ghost cover Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” (playing Free At Noon on Friday)


Next Friday, June 29th, Jukebox The Ghost perform at Free At Noon. The show is free to attend however you need to RSVP here. Below, download a cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” recorded live in concert at the Brighton Music Hall in Boston on Thursday, June 21st. Download is via Archive.org. Jukebox The Ghost are also playing a free show at Morgan’s Pier on Saturday, August 4th.