Whitley Heights makes ad hoc, homespun music that’s loose and unscripted. There’s no quest for static perfection a week in a studio can spool out. A little uneven, a little slow, a little fast, a trampled vocal, an overlong solo – all of it is part and parcel of the band’s fearless, trial-and-error, live venue quality – think early Eagles, before the tour and the radio love shined them up. Whitley Heights serves up a free-flowing mix of ballad-based vocals and jammified guitar lines and a pretty idiosyncratic drum component. More rock than stereotypical indie darling, there is something of a CSNY through line to much of the work, as well as echoes of the Band and Alex Chilton.
Singer-songwriter Ali Weiss, a Marin county native, will be opening the show.