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THE MODERN-DAY SHANGRI-LAS
MARIA JENKINS, 28, and EMMA HOSPELHORN, 31, of HOLLOWS
“We never had this intention of being a girl group,” says Jenkins, whose band, Hollows, is four-fifths women (drummer Jason Davlantes rounds out the quintet that also includes Megan Kasten and Hannah Harris). In 2007, founding members Hospelhorn (right) and Jenkins met via Craigslist and discovered a shared love of harmonies. “That’s when we started having fun with music,” says Hospelhorn.
Their infectious songs transport you to the swinging sixties—and the sound roped in retro-minded fans when the Chicago band opened for Zooey Deschanel at Millennium Park in 2010. That showcase in front of a crowd of 10,000 led to a second LP, Vultures (Trouble in Mind), which came out in April. The album introduces elements of punk and its members’ classical roots—Hospelhorn is a classically trained flutist and Kasten works as a CSO administrator—while staying true to the Hollows’ vintage pop ethos. “It’s more honest and personal this time around,” says Jenkins.
SONG TO SAMPLE: “V Is for Vulture”
SHOW TO SEE: Taste of Randolph on June 17. For info, tasterandolph.com
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Photograph: Lisa Predko; Hair and Makeup: Martina Sykes; Photo Assistants: Joanna Patterson, Lauren Butterfield, Lyndon French; Intern: Katie Donajkowski