Live Report: Darlingside and River Whiles @ Music Box – 2/28/2019


Last night, Darlingside launched their west coast tour from The Music Box in San Diego. We were lucky enough to be there to catch their set and see their opener River Whyless.

In short, we were thunderstruck by the level of musical talent in both bands. It’s coming from everywhere too. All are multi-instrumentalists and all sing save the drummer in River Whyless. What that led to, in both sets, were elegant harmonies over precise musical arrangements.


River Whyless has more of pop sound to some of their faster songs which reminds me at times to Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band. But the harmonies between Ryan O’Keefe, Halli Anderson, and Daniel Shearin are where the band seems to really shine. The music moves from pop-folk to intimate song craft.

We at the Indy Review are big fans of Darlingside. Evident in the fact that just yesterday we reviewed their EP. From sitting in a music club with about 250 of people, I can say they sound better live than on their albums. The four members, Don Mitchell, Auyon Mukharji, Harris Paseltiner, and David Senft surround a mike stand that branches for each member. This allows them to be close, to feel the music of their instruments and be incredibly precise in their harmonies. For a couple songs, they moved to surround a single mike stand with perhaps only a single acoustic guitar for accompaniment.

I can’t help but think they are going to blow up and this small music club tour might be the last chance to see them for fairly cheap in an intimate venue. If you are looking to be surrounded in warmth and feel the deep pathos of two bands who create sweet folk in soothing melodies then get tickets to one of their upcoming shows as they tour the west coast. They’ll be out and about until March 17th so check listings and see them.


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