BROOKLYN-BASED DUO GRACIE AND RACHEL
SET TO SUPPORT HOLLY MIRANDA’S UPCOMING FALL TOUR
WNYC SOUNDCHECK PREMIERES SINGLE “TIPTOE” – SOUNCHECK SESSION 8/27
Brooklyn-based duo, Gracie and Rachel are thrilled to announce that they will be supporting much-loved Dangerbird Records artist, Holly Miranda on her upcoming tour of these United States.
The announcement comes just a few weeks after a successful one-off run for Gracie (Coates, who plays the piano and sings) and Rachel (Ruggles, who plays the violin) that included an opening slot with fave Colin Stetson in Chicago, a jaunt down to Rock Island, IL for a Daytrotter session (posting August 24th), and a homecoming headliner at NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall.
The duo also played a packed out show at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco returning to their Bay Area roots (G and R hail from Berkeley), and airplay from tastemakers KCRW prompted a well-attended LA show at the world famous Hotel Café a few days later.
Hard-to-please music press have been concurrently putting their arms around Gracie and Rachel. Those who have had the pleasure of seeing a live show are hit at once with the depth of the songwriting and endless width of their talent. WNYC SOUNDCHECK in their track premiere for “Tiptoe,” for instance, nailed it by saying, “The two play off each other not only musically but mentally. Different shades of the same emotion appear simultaneously on their faces and flow through their instruments. A tangled and intimate connection between the two is apparent on stage and will no doubt imprint on their upcoming debut.” Here’s more.
The coming months are sure to see a flurry of activity and attention around Gracie and Rachel, but most immediately, here are those tour dates we mentioned (with Holly Miranda):
Tue, Sep 15 – Rock N Roll Hotel – DC – with Holly Miranda
Fri, Sep 18 – Mercury Lounge – NYC – with Holly Miranda
Sat, Sep 19 – Great Scott – Boston, MA – with Holly Miranda
Tue, Sep 22 – Club Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA – with Holly Miranda
Wed, Sep 23 – The Loving Touch – Ferndale, MI – with Holly Miranda
Thu, Sep 24 – Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL – with Holly Miranda
Fri, Sep 25 – The Frequency – Madison, WI – with Holly Miranda
Sat, Sep 26 – 7th St. Entry – Minneapolis, MN – with Holly Miranda
Tue,Sep 29 – The Sunset – Seattle, WA – with Holly Miranda
Wed, Sep 30 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – with Holly Miranda
Fri, Oct 2 – Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA – with Holly Miranda
Sat, Oct 3 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA – with Holly Miranda
Sun, Oct 4 – The Merrow – San Diego, CA – with Holly Miranda
Wed, Oct 14 – Rockwood Music Hall – NYC – CMJ/Deli Magazine Showcase
Tue, Nov 3 – Rockwood Music Hall – NYC – Communion Residency
Thu, Nov 12 – The Midland Theatre – Newark, OH
More shows to be announced, go to www.gracieandrachel.com/tour for updates
“A mountainous piece of shrill piano presses, thick string plucks, and violins that skitter only to soar, Gracie and Rachel is simply beautiful. Gracie and Rachel awe in their ability to make technical mastery into something moving and potentially transcendent.”
—The Deli Magazine
“What do doe-eyed vixens, melodically-driven indie pop and Brooklyn, New York have in common? Gracie and Rachel, of course. This up and coming piano/voice and violin duo are stealing hearts from coast to coast with their original music and inspiring outlook on the act of creating art.” —Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls
“Gracie and Rachel can’t release [their] debut album soon enough… Kate Havnevik, Regina Spektor, Sia, Tegan and Sara, and Frou Frou all come to mind when listening to Gracie and Rachel but they definitely have their own stylish sound.” —Examiner.com
Orchestral pop piano-violin duo, Gracie and Rachel, crafts intricate tunes combining classical string elements with haunting, fierce vocals, augmented by sparse but powerful percussion. Ivory satin lined with teeth, the duo finds beauty in stark simplicity, pausing to breathe a hint of the abstract into the highly emotive, evolved body they create. Playing venues like City Winery, (le) poisson rouge, and Mercury Lounge over the past year and with the release of their latest single, “Tiptoe,” Gracie and Rachel’s NYC audience has expanded quickly into other markets across the country. “Tiptoe” was premiered by NPR-affiliate WNYC Soundcheck on July 10th, 2015 and released worldwide the same day.
Their forthcoming debut album, GO, is a penetrating record about self-exploration, which flows freely between virtuosic violin textures to sylphlike melodies, highlighting seasoned songwriting. The result: a heartfelt glimpse into two artists’ lives intertwined. From the pit of despair to the summit of success, Gracie and Rachel will always be headed somewhere new.