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Tour

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TOUR HISTORY

3.11.17 Atlanta, GA, The Earl
3.10.17 Savannah, GA, Savannah Stopover Festival
3.8.17 Baltimore, MD, Metro Gallery
12.21.16 San Francisco, CA, The Battery
12.08.16 Toronto, Ontario, Hugh’s Room
11.17.16 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle with Tall Heights
11.10.16 Boston, MA The Red Room at Cafe 939 (Berklee) with Ben Sollee
11.06.16 Brooklyn, NY, Rough Trade NYC
10.25.16 Philadelphia, PA Bourbon & Branch with Old Sea Brigade
10.23.16 Brooklyn, NY 61 Local with Half Waif
9.28.16 New York, NY Ludlow House
9.24.16 Brooklyn, NY Sofar Sounds
8.20.16 Brooklyn, NY C’mon Everybody with Samora Pinderhughes
7.30.16 Brooklyn, NY Sofar Sounds
7.23.16 New York, NY Sofar Sounds
07.12.16 San Francisco, CA Swedish American Hall with Little Scream
06.15.16 New York, NY Lower East Side Studios Launch
06.14.16 Brooklyn, NY Sofar Sounds
06.01.16 Washington, DC DC9 with Lucy Dacus
05.04.16 New York, NY Mercury Lounge with Joseph
04.10.16 New York, NY Hypnocraft Presents The Hum at Manhattan Inn
04.09.16 Fanwood, NJ Fanwood Performing Arts Series
03.26.16 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge
03.11.16 Los Angeles, CA BalconyTV at W Hollywood
03.08.16 Los Angeles, CA Sofar Sounds
03.05.16 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theater with Emmy The Great
03.04.16 San Francisco, CA The Chapel with Emmy The Great
03.02.16 Seattle, WA Barboza with Emmy The Great
03.01.15 Portland, OR Bunk Bar with Emmy The Great
02.25.16 San Francisco, CA Noise Pop Festival with Julien Baker
02.16.16 New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall
02.10.16 Vienna, VA Jammin’ Java with Jane Siberry
02.08.16 New York, NY Sofar Sounds
02.06.16 Philadelphia, PA Sofar Sounds
02.05.16 Pittsburgh, PA Sofar Sounds
02.04.16 Providence, RI Sofar Sounds
02.03.16 Boston, MA Sofar Sounds
01.27.16 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle with Julien Baker                   
01.23.16 Boston, MA Cafe 939 at Berklee College of Music with Julien Baker
01.22.16 Hanover, NH Dartmouth College with Julien Baker
01.07.16 New York, NY Manhattan Inn with Holly Miranda
12.31.15 Burlington, VT First Night Burlington
12.13.15 San Diego, CA Sofar Sounds
12.13.15 Los Angeles, CA Mimosa Music Series with The Bird and the Bee
12.12.15 Los Angeles, CA Sofar Sounds
12.08.15 New York, NY Sofar Sounds
12.03.15 Brooklyn, NY The Living Room
11.12.15 Newark, OH Midland Theatre
11.11.15 Chicago, IL Audiotree Live Session
11.07.15 Hawley, PA The Silk Mill
11.06.15 Hudson, NY Club Helsinki with Tall Heights
11.03.15 New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall
10.24.15 Vienna, VA Jammin' Java with Antigone Rising
10.17.15 New York, NY The Standard with The Sharp Things
10.14.15 New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall
10.13.15 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live with Becca Stevens
10.04.15 San Diego, CA The Merrow with Holly Miranda
10.03.15 Los Angeles, CA The Echo with Holly Miranda
10.02.15 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill with Holly Miranda
09.30.15 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios with Holly Miranda
09.29.15 Seattle, WA The Sunset with Holly Miranda
09.26.15 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry with Holly Miranda
09.29.15 Seattle, WA The Sunset with Holly Miranda
09.26.15 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry with Holly Miranda
09.25.15 Madison, WI The Frequency with Holly Miranda
09.24.15 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern with Holly Miranda
09.23.15 Ferndale, MI The Loving Touch with Holly Miranda
09.22.15 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe with Holly Miranda
09.19.15 Boston, MA Great Scott with Holly Miranda
09.18.15 New York, NY Mercury Lounge with Holly Miranda
09.15.15 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel with Holly Miranda
08.14.15 Saratoga Springs, NY Caffe Lena
08.12.15 Brooklyn, NY Sofar Sounds
08.08.15 Bethlehem, PA Musikfest
07.29.15 New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall
07.28.15 Chicago, IL Schuba’s Tavern with Colin Stetson
07.24.15 Saratoga Springs, NY Caffe Lena with Driftwood
07.23.15 New York, NY Sofar Sounds
07.17.15 Grand Junction, CO Colorado Mesa University with Arstidir
07.16.15 Boulder, CO Shine Restaurant with Arstidir
07.14.15 Los Angeles, CA Hotel Cafe
07.09.15 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill with Porcelain Raft
07.03.15 Great Barrington, MA The Guthrie Center with Seth Glier
06.30.15 New York, NY City Winery with BETTY
06.29.15 New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall
06.12.15 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
06.05.15 New York, NY Mercury Lounge with Tor Miller
05.28.15 Philadelphia, PA Milkboy with Tall Heights
05.26.15 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge with Coeur de Pirate
05.09.15 Cambridge, MA Club Passim with Seth Glier
05.02.15 New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall
04.25.15 Sellersville, PA Sellersville Theater with Caravan of Thieves
04.04.15 New York, NY Pianos
03.13.15 Brooklyn, NY The Living Room
01.16.15 New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall

 
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ABOUT

Gracie and Rachel are a study in duality: light and dark, classical training with a pop sensibility, Californians in New York. Their music pits anxiety and tension against an almost serene self-assurance on their self-titled debut, and their live show is equal parts fierce drama and delicate intimacy.

Their music is a compelling juxtaposition of Gracie’s piano and lead vocals and Rachel’s violin and voice, augmented with stark percussion. The nine orchestral-pop songs on Gracie and Rachel tell a story that’s rooted in the truth —their truth — but retain an enigmatic air that makes them relatable to anyone who has ever found their heart racing with doubt and pushed forward regardless, or triumphed in subverting expectations imposed from without.

“I think that’s representative of how I feel as a human being, of how Rachel feels,” Gracie says. “It is our story, but we’re working to express a duality that’s open to everyone.”

Their story begins when they met in high school in Berkeley, California, in a dance class, and were assigned a musical collaboration that took hold. After attending music schools in different parts of the country, they moved to Brooklyn where they built out a loft space to be their studio and home. That’s where they started writing the songs on Gracie and Rachel, “living, working, breathing every moment together, and making music in that universe,” says Gracie.

Their close-quarters creative process lends a sense of urgency to their music that cascades through the rollercoaster arc of the album. Baeble Music hailed opener “Tiptoe,” with its eerie ghost tones and taut percussion, as “beautiful and unsettling,” a description that applies to the spacious piano and sympathetic violin on “(Un)comfortable,” or the hammering piano part on “Go,” all the way to the ringing vocals that build to a defiant crescendo on “Don’t Know” to close the record.

“We tiptoed into this not sure how to make our mark, and by the end of the album, hopefully, you’re feeling a lot more anger and confidence and empowerment,” Gracie says. “

“It all comes from the intimacy of Gracie’s piano and voice and my violin and voice,” Rachel says, and it’s no accident that the effects are often physical. “We try to hone in on the body experience as well as the mind experience.”

The women have become so attuned to one another that they seem to instinctively know where their songs are going without having to discuss it. “There’s just an understanding of what’s going to work,” Gracie says. “She’s classically trained, and I had these verse-chorus, verse-chorus tendencies. We both helped each other break away from certain constructs at the beginning to find our own sound. It’s taken some years, but there’s almost no verbal conversation about it now.”

“We’ve gotten more trusting as we’ve gotten older,” Rachel adds. “We can anticipate the other person’s inclinations.”

Gracie and Rachel pair their music with a strong visual aesthetic that emphasizes the ways in which they complement each other, even as they contrast. It’s evident in their striking black-and-white videos that play with light and shadow, and in the photo that graces the album cover, where Gracie, dressed in white, covers Rachel’s eyes with her hand while Rachel, dressed in black, covers Gracie’s mouth.

“Sometimes Rachel says she’s my ears, and I’m her eyes, and I think that’s true in our music,” Gracie says. “Sometimes there’s something I see in the world I want to comment on, and she knows how to express it through sound.”

Though they make music as a duo, Gracie and Rachel together far exceed the sum of their parts. Like their stylized color palette, their instrumentation appears simple and spare at first glance. But there’s a powerful prism effect at work in their music that brings us back to the concept of duality: their songs are intimate and expansive, introspective and also inviting. “Using black and white, we don’t want to only make gray,” Gracie says. “We’re working to find different ways to make more colors come out from just two entities.”

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