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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Tonight in Music: Beach House and William Elliott Whitmore

Posted by Lex Chase on Sun, Sep 30, 2012 at 9:52 AM

(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Read our article on Beach House.

(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th) William Elliott Whitmore is the classic old soul—he's a 34-year-old in modern Facebook America who sounds more like he's 60 and caught in the Dust Bowl. There aren't many others that pull it off with the sincerity of Whitmore, who spins yarns with the aid of only his banjo and the vocal rasp of a lifelong smoker. Whether he's waxing political, as he did on 2009's Animals in the Dark, or on the salvation of hard work on last year's Field Hymns, Whitmore's voice cuts to the bone. Perhaps it should come as no surprise that he was reared in the hardcore scene of Lee County, Iowa—Whitmore's songs have the punch of an early-'80s punk band, and far more raw power. MARK LORE


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