Whitney release ‘Forever Turned Around’ with some Bay Area dates

(photo: Olivia Bee) After a three-year record lull, Whitney’s much-anticipated sophomore album is out and it’s the treasure we were hoping for. In true Whitney fashion, Forever Turned Around (on Secretly Canadian) is full of twangy guitars, delightful keys and Julien Ehrlich’s sweet falsetto vocals. The album is about partnership in every sense of the word: romantic, familial, communal and friendships. Ehrlich says of his and guitarist Max Kakacek: “Our friendship has kept us going even though so much has happened in the years since we started the band.” Forever Turned Around is a challenging, emotional album with some big [...]

Noise Pop: Carly Rae Jepsen and audience as the art

Attending a concert isn’t an isolated experience — it’s an extension of a relationship an individual listener builds with an artist. Watching a live performance is only one of a number of ways in which we engage with musicians these days. Prior to Carly Rae Jepsen’s Noise Pop set at The Warfield on Saturday night, I’ve studied her lyrics as if they were holy text, read endless interviews and think pieces, seen every music video and used individual frames as my phone wallpaper, and, of course, have had her music on constant rotation. E•MO•TION, Carly Rae Jepsen’s masterwork in dance-pop, [...]

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