May 28th, 2021

Bachelor—the collaborative project of Palehound’s Ellen Kempner and Jay Som’s Melina Duterte—release their highly-anticipated debut album, Doomin’ Sun, via Polyvinyl Record Co., Lucky Number and Milk! Records today! With an ominous eye to extreme fandom, the duo has also released their new “Back Of My Hand” video, directed by Ellen Kempner.

The band shares: “For the “Back Of My Hand” video, we wanted more than anything to make something fun given the limited time and options available due to the current pandemic. Ultimately deciding to put Ellen in the director’s chair as well as film at her home with a skeleton crew. Our final single is about the dark side of fandom and we wanted to exaggerate that as much as possible in our video concept. When it came to choosing an artist to obsess over we quickly chose Harry Styles as we both are truly big fans!”

To celebrate the album release they have also announced Doomin’ Sun Fest, a massive, free/donation-based livestream festival + telethon to benefit and uplift Seeding Sovereignty. The festival will take place on June 10 starting at 6pm ET., and features the likes of Tegan & Sara, Courtney Barnett, Benjamin Gibbard, Sylvan Esso, Adrianne Lenker (Big Thief), Jeff Tweedy, Japanese Breakfast, Julien Baker, Tank And The Bangas and more.

https://femmusic.com/wp/index.php/2021/05/19/bachelor-tba-present-doomin-sun-fest-june-10-2021/

Bachelor will also hit the road in support of Lucy Dacus starting mid-September, marking both artists’ first in-person performance since lockdown.

September 13: Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom

September 14: Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

September 15: Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl

September 17: Dallas, TX @ Trees

September 18: Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall- Downstairs

September 19: Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn

September 20: San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger

September 22: Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole

September 24: Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel

September 26: New York City @ Governor’s Ball

September 27: San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

https://www.bachelor-band.com/

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May 20th, 2021

Today, Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz of Watchhouse – the critically acclaimed roots music duo who until recently were known as Mandolin Orange – announce their new self-titled album Watchhouse, out August 13 on Tiptoe Tiger Music / Thirty Tigers. With the change of name comes an artistic rebirth: While still firmly rooted in poetic Appalachian folk, there’s a sonic adventurousness informed by American primitivism and ambient soundscapes that gives Marlin and Frantz’s songs a new, unknowable allure. Watchhouse is audacious, spectral music that wrestles with and finds magic in the relationships we build with our families, our society, our planet, and ourselves.

Produced by Andrew Marlin and Josh Kaufman — who has produced records for The National and Bonny Light Horseman, and also played on Taylor Swift’s folklore and evermore — Watchhouse, as the name change suggests, is a reinvention. These nine songs are both personal and political, touching upon Marlin and Frantz’s newfound parenthood as well as climate change and caustic online interactions as they parse out how to live a kinder, more decent life on their own terms.

To create the album, Watchhouse decamped to Smith Mountain Lake, a sprawling hideaway at the foot of the Appalachians. Kaufman urged Marlin and Frantz to approach the process with new eyes and throw out their old conceptions about what their music sounds like. Alongside drummer Joe Westerlund, guitarist Josh Oliver, and bassist Clint Mullican, Marlin and Frantz broke loose, surprising themselves as they indulged in novel structures and textures. “Belly Of The Beast” is an astral waltz, while “Better Way” shifts from nimble harmonies to an acoustic drone. “Beautiful Flowers” is a particular highlight: A sparse elegy for a butterfly crushed by an car windshield that ponders industry and environmental degradation, it climaxes with funereal horns and Frantz’s affecting vocal.

Alongside the album announcement, Watchhouse also share the music video for “New Star,” a song about familial solidarity and self-sacrifice that is plain-spoken but vital. Directed by Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath, the video centers on the almost instinctual rituals of our lives that tie us to our various communities: children playing, friends sharing a cigarette, families gathering for dinner. After a year that forced many of us apart, it’s a reminder of the joys we are just beginning to return to and the strength we draw from each other.

“We’re different people than when we started this band,” Marlin says, reflecting on all these shifts. “We’re setting new intentions, taking control of this thing again.”

Watchhouse have also announced new tour dates starting in June:

Watchhouse Tour Schedule

6/5 & 6/6 – The Caverns – Pelham, TN

6/17 to 6/20 – Telluride Bluegrass Festival – Telluride, CO %

6/25 to 6/26 – Bluegrass in the Bottoms – Kansas City, MO %

7/7 – Wolf Trap – Vienna, VA

7/9 & 7/10 – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater – Wilmington, NC +

7/17 to 7/18 – Under the Big Sky Festival – Whitefish, MT %

7/21 & 7/22 – Pine Creek Lodge – Livingston, MT +

8/7 – Open Highway Festival – St. Louis, MO

8/27 – Fayetteville Roots Festival, Fayetteville, AR

8/29 – Green River Festival, Greenfield, MA

9/3 & 9/4 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN

9/3 to 9/5 – BottleRock – Napa Valley, Napa, CA %

9/15 to 9/18 – ROMP – Owensboro, KY %

9/23 to 9/26 – DelFest – Cumberland, MD %

9/24 to 9/26 – FreshGrass Music Festival –  North Adams, MA %

10/3 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO

10/16 – Stubb’s Austin – Austin, TX +

11/10 – Tennessee Theatre – Knoxville, TN +

11/11 – The Eastern – Atlanta, GA

11/12 – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA +

11/19 & 11/20 – Durham Performing Arts Center – Durham, NC +

12/3 – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium – Asheville, NC +

4/16/22 – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY +

https://watchhouseband.com/

 

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May 19th, 2021

Bachelor & TBA Present – Doomin’ Sun Fest

June 10, 2021

6pm EST

To Benefit Seeding Sovereignty

https://doominsunfest.bachelor-band.com/

Bachelor—the collaborative project of Jay Som’s Melina Duterte and Palehound’s Ellen Kempner—will release its debut album Doomin’ Sun on May 28th via Polyvinyl Record Co. (North America), Lucky Number (ROW) and Milk! Records (AUS/NZ). To celebrate the album release they have also announced Doomin’ Sun Fest, a massive livestream festival / telethon to benefit and uplift Seeding Sovereignty. The festival will take place on June 10 starting at 6pm ET., and will be followed by a virtual afterparty inside the 3D social game Hotel Hideaway
 
Created as a chance to gather for “Community, Compassion, Climate, and Celebration,” Doomin’ Sun Fest will be FREE to attend, but donations to Seeding Sovereignty will be highly encouraged. The organization is an Indigenous-led collective working to radicalize and disrupt colonized spaces through land, body, and food sovereignty work, community building, and cultural preservation. 
 
Melina & Ellen will live-host Doomin’ Sun Fest, which will culminate in the first ever Bachelor concert, shot and directed by Haoyan Of America with designer Richie Brown, powered by HIFI Labs. “Basically we just wanna have fun celebrating our album release, raise funds for Seeding Sovereignty, and get people excited about donating and opening their hearts to themes of the fest – the “4 C’s” as we call them – that are driving this endeavor,” note Ellen and Melina.
 

Featuring:

Adeline
Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief
Alexis from Sleigh Bells w/ Young Women Who Crush
Alynda Segarra (Hurray For The Riff Raff)
Andy Shauf
Anjimile
Bartees Strange
Beach Bunny
Becca Mancari
Benjamin Gibbard
Black Belt Eagle Scout
Boy Scouts
Brijean
Christelle Bofale
Claud
Courtney Barnett
Faye Webster
Fime
Frankie Cosmos
Hand Habits
Japanese Breakfast
Jeff Rosenstock
Jeff Tweedy
Jessi Frick of Father Daughter Records
Jose James + Taali
Julia Jacklin
Julien Baker
Kero Kero Bonito
KR from Decolonize UnConference
Lala Lala
Long Beard
Lucy Dacus
Luna Li
Madeline Kenney
Madison McFerrin
Mannequin Pussy
Manu Grace
MICHELLE
Miloe
Pendant
Quinn Christopherson
Rozzi
Sasami
Sen Morimoto
Shamir
Soccer Mommy
Soft Glas
Sylvan Esso
Tagalikha
Tank & the Bangas
Tasha
Tegan and Sara
Thao
Tune-Yards
Vagabon

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Sylvan Esso and Flock of Dimes at Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO – August 10, 2017
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