William Elliott Whitmore has a voice that echoes a soul far older than his years, with a sound ever on the brink of cracking. It's a voice that can be heard throughout the nation as he continues to tour in support of his forthcoming album, Animals in the Dark. The record will be his sixth full-length, but only the first for his new label, Anti- Records. If history is any indication of what sort of thematic guise both Animals and his Varsity Theater performance are set to follow, Whitmore's songs are likely to echo tales of Midwest tragedy and lost love--neither of which are unnatural subjects to the musician, farmer, and Iowa native. Joining Whitmore will be City and Colour, a celebrated Canadian group fronted by Dallas Green of Alexisonfire. All Ages.
Fri., Jan. 23, 6 p.m., 2009