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The One With Maximum Rockage

On this episode: our dear cousins call attention to the “Who Dursted First” controversy and call out Comedy Bang Bang in the process, Luke’s gentleman’s dilemma turned out to be an idiot’s dilemma, Brian gets creepy on Idris Elba in a new segment called The Elba Room and they play eight of the best songs you’ll hear all week!

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Songs Played on The One With Maximum Rockage

Overcoats – Nighttime Hunger from Young out now on Arts & Crafts Productions

Palehound – Flowing Over from A Place I’ll Always Go out June 16th on Polyvinyl Records

Morning Teleportation – Calm is Intention Devouring It’s Frailty from Salivating for Symbiosis out now on Glacial Pace Recordings

Shabazz Palaces – Shine a Light from Quazarz, Born on a Gangster Star out July 14th on Sub Pop

Chloe Foy – Are We There Yet from Are We There Yet EP out May 12th

Great Grandpa – Teen Challenge from Plastic Cough out July 7th on Double Double Whammy

Gothic Tropic – How Life Works from Fast or Feast out May 19th on Old Flame Records

Hazel English – Love is Dead from Just Give In / Never Going Home EP out May 5th on Polyvinyl Records

2015 was a breakout year for Boston’s Palehound. Fronted by 21-year-old songwriter and  guitar mastermind, Ellen Kempner, the band released their debut album Dry Food which saw them included on several of the “Best Of 2015” lists.

Following a label signing with UK’s Heavenly Recordings, Palehound won “Best New Artist” at The Boston Music Awards and continues to gain international notoriety. The band is set to kick off their series of winter tour dates with Torres and Bully on January 8 that will be followed by a headlining west coast tour hitting cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland.

Revered for her raw, rattling live show, be sure to catch Palehound in a city near you!

Palehound National Tour Dates:

* = w/ Torres

^ = w/ Bully

# = Headlining

1/8: Hudson, NY @ Club Helsinki^

1/12: Toronto, ON @ Legendary Horseshoe Tavern*

1/13: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme*

1/14: Madison, WI @ FRZN Fest*

1/15: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall*

1/16: St. Louis, MO @ Firebird*

1/17: Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop*

1/18: Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe*

1/19: Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel*

1/20: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s*

1/21: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom*

1/22: Allston, MA @ Great Scott*

1/23: Durham, NC @ The Pinhook^

1/24: Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight^

1/26: Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor^

1/27: Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits^

1/28: Tampa, FL @ Crowbar^

1/29: Orlando, FL @ The Social^

1/30: Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic^

1/31: Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn^

2/19: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile#

2/20: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios#

2/24: San Francisco, CA @ Noise Pop#

2/25: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo#

Boston’s Palehound reveal their debut album Dry Food, streaming exclusively with NPR First Listen now until release on August 14 via Exploding In Sound.  Fronted by Ellen Kempner, the 21-year-old guitarist and songwriter is joined live by drummer Jesse Weiss (Grass is Green) and bassist Nick Koechel.  The album was recorded with Gabe Wax (Wye Oak, Speedy Ortiz), and highlights Kempner’s whispery alto voice and sophisticated musicianship, giving it a raw, confessional feel, even on louder, rattling tracks.

Dry Food is full of sonic and emotional twist in turns as it was written at a time in Kempner’s life that was defined by instability and uncertainty. While the album chronicles a particularly rough time in Kempner’s life, it does so with verve and grit, not to mention sterling musicianship and wry lyrics. Dry Food is a flag-plant by a young woman with a lot on her mind and talent to burn.

In support of the new record, Palehound is set on a national tour making stops in New York, DC, Chicago, their native Boston, and many more.  Be sure to catch them live in a city near you; dates below!

^ = w/ Basement, LVL UP & Adventures
* = w/ Gardens & Villa

8/9: Atlanta, GA @ Parts Unknown w/ Femignome, and Pretty Boy
8/10: Orlando, FL @ The Social ^
8/11: Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall ^
8/12: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle – Back Room ^
8/13: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ^
8/14: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer ^
8/16: Boston, MA @ Royale ^
8/17: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater ^
8/22: Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair (“Exploding In Sound Extended Weekend” show)
w/ Krill, Big Ups, LVL UP, and Stove
9/3: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Mug w/ LVL Up, Eskimeaux
9/4: Annandale-On-Hudson, NY @ The Root Cellar w/ LVL Up, O Face, Pleistocene
9/5: Syracuse, NY @ Scarier Dome
9/6: Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
9/8: Ann Arbor, MI @ TBA
9/9: Kalamazoo, MI @ Millhouse
9/11: Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
9/17: Austin, TX @ The Parish*
9/18: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada*
9/19: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
9/20: New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa*
9/22: Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5*
9/23: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle – Back Room*
9/24: Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel*
9/25: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg*
9/26: Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle*

Ellen Kempner, the 21-year-old guitarist and songwriter behind Boston based project, Palehound, is even more prodigious than her age suggests. On the heels of the critically acclaimed Bent Nail EP and a national tour with Speedy Ortiz, Palehound will release the highly anticipated debut full-length album Dry Food on August 14 via Exploding in Sound Records.

Recorded with Gabe Wax (Wye Oak, Speedy Ortiz), the album is full of sonic and emotional twist in turns as it was written at a time in Kempner’s life that was defined by instability and uncertainty. Dry Food is highlighted by Kempner’s whispery alto voice and sophisticated musicianship, which gives the album a raw, confessional feel, even on louder, rattling tracks.

Molly” bursts open the record with a static earworm of a bass line, fuzzed-out guitar textures, and a melodic hook standing as a snapshot of the deliciously unpredictable compositions to follow. “Healthier Folk” slows down the tempo but not the energy, as the moody, lackadaisical vocals are supported with a bright and grungy sound. The glistening and complex guitar work on the dreamy “Cinnamon” showcase Kempner’s musicianship while making it evident that her musical roots grow deep. Where as, “Cushioned Caging” finds her crystaline vocals set on top of crashing drums and walls of reverb, truly allowing her voice to shine.

“Molly” premiered with Stereogum.