Some people have wild stories on how they became band members. Others just grew up together. And some, like Freelance Whales, meet each other on Craigslist.
And sometimes, that can make for the best results. Freelance Whales' electro-pop debut album, Weathervanes, has garnered massive critical acclaim, along with the requisite comparisons to the debut from The Postal Service. But don't confuse this Queens-based quintet for Ben Gibbard's side project or even the music of Owl City -- Freelance Whales achieves a whole different sense of humanity within the electronic music, thanks to its incorporation of everything from a banjo to harmonium. Really, it's more like a Postal Service-meets-Sufjan Stevens effect. And that makes for a sound that's great for both headphones and venues.
Oh, and peaking of venues, Freelance Whales play at the Loft tonight with Brooklyn-based Miniature Tigers, who opened for Neon Indian earlier this year. At that show, we thought they made for a solid opening act, whose electro-rock had people clapping and entertained. We expect they do the same time this time.
So, if that sounds awesome to you, you're in luck, because five lucky DC9 readers have a chance to see Freelance Whales and Miniature Tigers tonight, courtesy of the Loft. See how to win the tickets after the jump!
Want the tickets? Just be the first person to email Pete with the words "Whales eat Tigers" in the subject line, and you're in. Good luck!
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