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Palehound Covers Elliott Smith’s “Southern Belle” For Reissue of His Self-Titled Album

Elliott Smith: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition Due Out August 28 on Kill Rock Stars.

Aug 06, 2020

For our My Favorite Album print issue last fall, Ellen Kempner of Palehound wrote about her favorite albumElliot Smith’s Either/Or. Coincidentally, Kempner has just released her cover of Smith’s “Southern Belle.” It’s from his 1995 self-titled album, though, not Either/Or. But that doesn't matter because it's a lovely ode to the magnificent songwriter, More

Ellen Kempner of Palehound – COVID-19 Quarantine Artist Check In

“The fact that our government is obviously more focused on reopening the economy than protecting its citizens is disgusting and very par for the course.”

Apr 28, 2020

We are checking in with musicians during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to see how they are dealing with everything. What has their home quarantine experience been like so far and how is the crisis impacting both their career and art? Here we check in with Ellen Kempner, frontwoman and songwriter for Palehound. More

Oct 10, 2019

Palehound (aka Ellen Kempner) released a new album, Black Friday, back in June via Polyvinyl. Now she has shared two new tracks, the new song "Your Boyfriend's Gun" and a new cover of Yo La Tengo's "Autumn Sweater." More

Under the Radar Announces My Favorite Album Issue with Angel Olsen and Sleater-Kinney Covers

Issue 66 Features Musicians and Actors on Their All-Time Favorite Albums, including Tegan and Sara, Wilco, Weyes Blood, Sigur Rós, Fred Armisen, Topher Grace, Jay Baruchel, Low, and more

Sep 27, 2019

Under the Radar is excited to announce the My Favorite Album Issue, our new print issue in which we speak to musicians and actors about their all-time favorite album. The issue features Angel Olsen and Sleater-Kinney on the two covers and is available to buy directly from us here, as well as being distributed in stores nationwide (on newsstands, in such stores as Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million, and elsewhere). More

Album of the Week: The Divine Comedy

Plus Stream New Albums from Palehound, Younghusband, Silversun Pickups, Pixx, Stef Chura, and More

Jun 07, 2019

The Divine Comedy, the orchestral-pop project of Northern Irish singer/songwriter/composer Neil Hannon, has released a new album, Office Politics, today via Hannon's own Divine Comedy Records and it's our Album of the Week. Find more info on the album below.  More

Palehound - Stream the New Album

Black Friday Out Now via Polyvinyl

Jun 07, 2019

Palehound (aka Ellen Kempner) has released a new album, Black Friday, today via Polyvinyl. Now that the album is out, you can stream the whole thing below. Also below are her upcoming tour dates. More

Palehound Shares New Song “Black Friday”

Black Friday Due Out June 7 via Polyvinyl

May 29, 2019

Palehound (aka Ellen Kempner) is releasing a new album, Black Friday, on June 7 via Polyvinyl. Now she has shared another song from it, title track "Black Friday." More

Palehound Shares Video for New Song “Worthy”

Black Friday Due Out June 7 via Polyvinyl

May 02, 2019

Palehound (aka Ellen Kempner) is releasing a new album, Black Friday, on June 7 via Polyvinyl. Now she has shared another song from it, "Worthy," via a video for the track. More

Apr 05, 2019

Palehound (aka Ellen Kempner) has announced a new album, Black Friday, and shared a video for a new song from it, "Aaron." Despite its title, Black Friday is not due out the day after Thanksgiving, instead it's coming out June 7 via Polyvinyl.  More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Strand of Oaks, Alex Lahey, Chromatics, Hayden Thorpe, and More

Plus Ioanna Gika, Murray A. Lightburn, Amanda Palmer, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 22, 2019

There were many strong contenders for this week's Songs of the Week. We could've gone as high as a Top 15 instead of the regular Top 10 and as it is there are a whopping 11 honorable mentions, with some good tracks that also almost made the honorable mention list to.  More

Palehound Shares New Song “Killer”

On Tour Now with Cherry Glazerr

Feb 19, 2019

Palehound (aka Ellen Kempner) has shared a brand new song, "Killer." It is out now via Polyvinyl and shared in honor of her current tour dates opening for Cherry Glazerr, which start tonight. More


Interviews

My Favorite Album: Ellen Kempner of Palehound on Elliott Smith’s “Either/Or”

“What struck me then and continues to strike me now is the sheer honesty of the entire record, down to how it’s recorded.”

Jun 24, 2020

I grew up on a steady diet of classic rock. My dad, who was a teenager in the ’70s, would tell me all about the times he was first in line to see The Rolling Stones, the night he saw John Lennon join Elton John on stage at Madison Square Garden, and many other dazzling stories.  More

Ellen Kempner of Palehound – COVID-19 Quarantine Artist Check In

“The fact that our government is obviously more focused on reopening the economy than protecting its citizens is disgusting and very par for the course.”

Apr 28, 2020

We are checking in with musicians during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to see how they are dealing with everything. What has their home quarantine experience been like so far and how is the crisis impacting both their career and art? Here we check in with Ellen Kempner, frontwoman and songwriter for Palehound. More

Self-Portrait: Ellen Kempner of Palehound

The Cook, the Painter, the Basketball Player

Jun 18, 2019

For our recurring Self-Portrait feature we ask a musician to take a self-portrait photo (or paint/draw a self-portrait) and write a list of personal things about themselves, things that their fans might not already know about them. This Self-Portrait is by Ellen Kempner of Palehound and she painted her own self-portrait. More

16th Annual Artist Survey: Palehound

Ellen Kempner on #MeToo, The Muppets, Flossing, Childhood Birthday Parties, Family Vacations, Meeting Liz Phair, and Spider-Man

Jan 25, 2019

For Under the Radar's 16th Annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to the last year, plus some fun personal questions. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2018 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions.  More


Reviews

Black Friday

Black Friday

Polyvinyl

Aug 07, 2019

There's something comforting about Palehound. It's almost surprising given the subject matter the trio led by singer/songwriter Ellen Kempner offers up. Abuse features more than once on Black Friday, as do songs dealing with painful self-doubt and unrequited emotional investment. More

A Place I’ll Always Go

A Place I’ll Always Go

Polyvinyl

Jun 21, 2017

Like any self-respecting Boston resident, Ellen Kempner can't resist namechecking Dunkin Donuts. More