Caralee McElroy

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Caralee McElroy
Background information
Born (1983-12-27) 27 December 1983 (age 33)
Olympia, Washington
Genres Experimental
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Keyboards, flute, bass guitar, guitar, drums
Years active 2003–present
Associated acts Cold Cave, Xiu Xiu, XXL
Website Caralee McElroy's website

Caralee McElroy (born December 27, 1983) is a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist who has played in the bands Xiu Xiu, XXL, and Cold Cave.


McElroy was born in Olympia, WA and was raised in Modesto, California and Seattle, Washington. She grew up immersed in both music and the visual arts.[1] Her father, Brent, is a luthier and guitar maker.[2]


At seven, McElroy started to study the flute, and throughout her school years she picked up the guitar, percussion, drums, and the keyboards.[1]

Xiu Xiu[edit]

In 2003, McElroy met her long-lost cousin, Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu. He needed a multi-instrumentalist, so she auditioned and joined Xiu Xiu during their Fabulous Muscles tour in 2004.[1] McElroy left Xiu Xiu in May 2009.[3]

Cold Cave[edit]

In February 2009, Caralee joined the band Cold Cave. She left in early 2010.

Other activities and collaborations[edit]

McElroy appeared on recordings for Casiotone for the Painfully Alone in 2006.[4] As of 2009, she has been collaborating on a yet-to-be-named musical project with Chris Garneau.[5]


with Xiu Xiu
with XXL (Xiu Xiu Larsen)
with Cold Cave
  • 2009 - Electronic Dreams Cassette
  • 2009 - Cremations CD
  • 2009 - Prurient Split - stars explode Cassette
  • 2009 - Easel and Ruby 12" Single
  • 2009 - Love Comes Close CD/LP
with Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
  • 2006 - Graceland
  • 2006 - Young Shields


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