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There comes a time in every straight man’s life when he has to confess that he finds Cyndi Lauper’s voice to be much more affecting than he’s comfortable admitting. The reason this is such a difficult process is that Lauper has never been backed by music that’s even remotely cool; remove those vocals, and you’re suddenly in an elevator somewhere. Kirsten Wenlock’s vocals have some significant Lauperness to them: an unabashedly appealing plaintive, heartfelt quality. But Wenlock has the good sense to wrap her voice in interesting, ambient sounds—at times she’s the only warm thing in a jagged wasteland of noise—and it’s her talent as a composer that makes her songs into something cool and un-Lauper-ish, something it’s okay to like.”  PAUL CONSTANT, THE STRANGER



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“The beautiful vocals, the harmonies and the aching lyrics on their first EP sound like the kind of music that – if I ever went to church – I would want to hear while I was there. The occasional banjo and sing-along opportunities don’t hurt.” Bond Huberman http://www.cityartsmagazine.com/issues/tacoma/2011/01/tacoma-bands-watch-


“Among a night full of honest-to-god singers, Tacoma’s Elk & Boar, also know as Kirsten and Travis, probably snagged the title for biggest voice of them all, and with friends in the room to invite on stage, it grew even bigger. This night the kids who toughed it out in choir were the cool kids.” 2011http://www.soundonthesound.com/2010/10/14/the-collectives-first-best-of-the-new-showcase/

“(Columbia City Theater) Elk and Boar are a newish Tacoma band (they were formerly known as Kristen and Travis, which makes them sound like a 1970s variety show) that is shaping up to get some huge attention in 2011. The key word here is “harmonies.” He (Travis? Boar?) has a nice, somewhat gravelly voice, like Bonnie Prince Billy without the air quotes. She (Kirsten? Elk?) sounds delicate yet sturdy, like a less vampy Dolly Parton. Their voices wrap together like velvet and burnished wood, and they sprinkle spare strings around everything. Quality songwriters, Elk and Boar are up-and precisely because they sound like they’ve been doing this for decades.” PAUL CONSTANT

City Arts

Tacoma bands to watch in 2011- Elk and Boar

“This group, led by Travis Barker and Kirsten Wenlock and guest-starring Mitchell Vanderburg (bass) and Matt Badger and Colin Richey of Hey Marseilles (drums), is producing music that’s definitely worth listening to. The beautiful vocals, the harmonies and the aching lyrics on their first EP sound like the kind of music that – if I ever went to church – I would want to hear while I was there. The occasional banjo and sing-along opportunities don’t hurt. ” BOND HUBERMAN


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