Whitney Ballen and Deer City's Rising Stars
It's been too long since Kirkland Teen Union Building, one of the Eastside's all-ages "big three" along with Redmond's Old Fire House and Bellevue's Ground Zero, has gotten some love in these pages. These suburban spots have long acted as a farm system for some of Seattle's brightest future talents, and this Wednesday at KTUB is a free showcase of just such rising stars.
Whitney Ballen's gentle voice and subtle acoustic guitar are calming and reassuring, wrapping you up like a security blanket on the stormiest of nights. Ballen may be 17 and a native Washingtonian, but her sweet, youthful delivery is reminiscent of similar- minded Swede popsters El Perro Del Mar and Lykke Li—not only its high pitch but also its delicate beauty. By the time she's ready for college, Ballen should be giving weepy songsters like Tiny Vipers and Husbands, Love Your Wives a run for their proverbial money.
Hailing from Issaquah and also playing the show is wunderkind Jeffery Stillwell's Deer City. Highly skilled in home recording and obsessed with rewriting the love songs of Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson, Stillwell uses his versatile talents at guitar, piano, and beat-making to create pop music that sometime in the not too far off future is going to break a lot of young girls' hearts.
Fri Nov 28: H Is for Hellgate, Wah Wah Exit Wound, Panther Attack, the Curious Mystery at the Greenhouse, 8 pm, $5.
Sat Nov 29: Hip Hop Period at Hidmo, 8 pm, free.
Wed Dec 3: Whitney Ballen, Deer City, Rachel Wiegand at KTUB, 5 pm, free.