Bootleg Theater Presents
High Up + Whispertown
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 and over
High Up singer Christine Fink moved to Omaha to be closer to her sister, notable singer songwriter Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, etc.) back in 2012. Down South in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Christine had been known to exercise her theatrical roots at the the local karaoke bars - and to great effect. The first time Orenda saw Christine sing at Sheffield’s Old Town Tavern her jaw dropped as she watched her sister bring the house down. After a few years in Omaha, Orenda noticed that Christine brought the house down no matter where she was singing- with people of all ages and walks of life lining up to buy her drinks and even give her requests to sing their favorite soul songs. But Christine was depressed, feeling aimless, shuffling between minimum wage jobs, and the thrill of the weekend performances wore off quickly. One night, the two began to talk about the future, and Orenda insisted that Christine should try and do what makes her happiest- perform for people. After much discussion, they decided to start High up, a collaboration mixing elements of indie, punk and soul that showcased Christine’s powerful vocals and Orenda’s seasoned songwriting. The band, which includes Josh Soto, Todd Fink (The Faint) and Matt Focht (Head of Femur, Bright Eyes) draws from a wide variety of influences- from Janis Joplin, Sam Cooke, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins to Dead Kennedys and The Birthday Party. Their debut record, “You Are Here” was produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit, Monsters of Folk) at ARC Studios in Omaha, Nebraska. Look for it in early 2018.
LA-based WHISPERTOWN is the latest iteration of the unique vision of Morgan Nagler (songwriter, lead vocals, guitar). What was once The Whispertown 2000 has morphed into a less structured version of itself, with Nagler’s unmistakable vocals leading a revolving cast of musicians and artists.
As The Whispertown 2000, Nagler and company garnered support slots for Jenny Lewis, The Breeders, Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes, She & Him, The Elected, Azure Ray, Maria Taylor and many more. The band soon caught the attention of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, inspiring the first signing to their own Acony Records. Shortly thereafter, the band released 2008’s Swim, their debut release from Acony, comprised of classic songwriting and harmonious folk-pop.
WHISPERTOWN’S sophomore release on Acony Records, Parallel, sticks to Nagler’s earth grounded wisdoms while taking a turn toward a new form of lo-fi electronica. Parallel moves easily through rock gems like “Blood From Wine” and “State Of Mind” with lyrical prowess, only to be punctuated perfectly by stark dance tracks such as “Open The Other Eye.” Produced, recorded and mixed by Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes), Co-Produced by Jake Bellows (Neva Dinova), and Executive Produced by David Rawlings, the stars have aligned here. This is classic music for the people.
As a collective of LA night-crawlers, Cillie Barnes is a five-piece, avant-pop project helmed by Vanessa Long, previously in Family of the Year.
On board with Long now are Marko Kurtović, Nick White, Thomas Berg, and Andrew Tyler – and for those keeping tabs, their celebrity couple name would be Bergler Long Whitević.
The LA native released two E.P.’s,
Happy Valley and Friendly Witch (produced by Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott);
Had her songs placed in a couple television shows, and has had some quotes written about her.
“Cillie channels the mysterious manic pixie..” (MTV)
Some have described the music as, “Unsettling stylistically as it is thematically..”(BuzzBands)
And some say that it, “Falls around you like a cloak of magic, rich and duskily beautiful..” (Vice Noisy)
But that’s all in the past now and you can make up your own damn mind, can’t you?
Cillie Barnes’ debut full-length, Cobra Lily, produced by Joe Keefe, welcomes you into her moon-lit, imaginative world of sentimental storytelling, anthemic dream pop, and cinematic instrumentation.
A theatrical thread flows throughout these songs transporting you to Twin Peak’s Roadhouse; like at the end of an episode..
leaving you light and lifted, a vague haunting settling sneakily into the dust.
After playing shows with Jenny Lewis, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Maria Taylor, Elliot Sumner, etc..and their own month long residency at The Satellite, Long and her crew enjoy the finer things in life.
Running the Grand Canyon, Good animation, Haunted houses, Hounds, Cheese, Boardgames, Murder Mysteries and Magick.
$10.00 - $12.00