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Stream Palehound Dry Food

Ellen Kempner is a singer and guitarist from Boston who moved to New York to attend Sarah Lawrence college, but dropped out when her debut EP Bent Nail pricked a nerve. That EP was one of her initial releases as Palehound, and while it dwelled more in lo-fi grunge-folk, her new full-length makes it clear […]

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Palehound – “Cushioned Caging”

Ellen Kempner takes us to church on the first verse of “Cushioned Caging,” the latest track from Palehound’s upcoming Dry Food, but the confidence she has to perform and “walk out smiling” doesn’t carry through to the rest of her life. The title of the song is evocative of padded solitary confinement, where growth isn’t […]

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Palehound – “Healthier Folk”

The first time I saw Ellen Kempner perform as Palehound was in October 2013. She was singing her guts out to about 20 people at the now-defunct Spike Hill venue on Bedford. (You NYC people know the one; there’s a Dunkin’ Donuts next door now). Up until then, I’d only listened to “Pet Carrot” over […]

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Palehound – “Molly” (First Listen)

Palehound’s debut Bent Nail EP was a charming release, one that showed off Ellen Kempner’s inimitable songwriting skills while playing it a bit fast and loose with the hooks. In the intermittent two years, she’s fleshed out her sound — first with last year’s first with last year’s Kitchen 7″, and now with Dry Food, […]