Artist of the day: Kiki and the Whales
For Land O’Lakes group Kiki and the Whales, indie music is the family business.
Singer Kiki Mirabal, above, guitarists Manny (her father) and Nathan Mirabal (her youngest brother) and drummer Anthony Mirabal (another brother) play warm, atmospheric indie rock with influences that range from the Fiery Furnaces to Dirty Projectors to Elliott Smith.
“I write lyrics, come with an ideal melody and then present it to the band members; then the magic is made,” said Kiki, who turns 20 on Friday. “For me, this is what it’s all about. I am most alive and in my element when I’m up on stage.”
They have no set plans for spring, but their star is on the rise in Tampa Bay; they were recently selected to perform at On The Come Up, a showcase at Crowbar with artists like Set It Off and John Gold.
On Sunday (4/18), Kiki and the Whales will perform with Flawed Philosophy and Michael S. at 6:30 p.m. at Pegasus Lounge, 1008 N 30th St., Tampa. Tickets are $5-$7. Click here for details.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*