Seeing Whitney Without Trucking Down to Coachella

Whitney is from Chicago, but their laid-back, country-soul sound (credit partly due to drummer Julien Erlich's falsetto) sounds entirely Californian. Band leaders Max Kakacek (Smith Westerns) and Erlich (Unknown Mortal Orchestra) formed the band when they found they could write beautiful music together. They're so hot that they're playing Coachella, but they're stopping first at Gundlach-Bundschu Winery on Friday, April 14, in Sonoma (a great, intimate venue), and they’re back in the Bay Area at The Independent in San Francisco for three nights, April 17–19. Details for the Gundlach-Bundschu show are here. And you'll find details for the Independent show here, though you've have to get lucky. The Independent shows are sold out.