Jake Hyman of Freelance Whales talks about subway busking and road testing songs

Based out of Queens, New York, Freelance Whales (due tonight at the hi-dive with Minature Tigers) play the kind of atmospheric, experimental pop music that is often lumped under the umbrella genre title of "chamber pop." That's probably because the band actually seems to take care to craft songs that are catchy enough, even when they're melancholy, to stick with you well after you hear them.
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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.