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Special Explosion // New "Gig Gab" Out Now!

A new episode of "Gig Gab" with very special guest Special Explosion is up on the Topshelf 'Tube today! Press play, sit back, and catch up with the Seattle four-piece as we talk recording the new album, touring, Isaac Brock, and the bands they're listening to these days.


Like what you hear? Listen to their latest release To Infinity.

Want even more? Check out Pitchfork's review of the new full-length.

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LITE // New Track, "Zone," and UK Tour

Today we're thrilled to share the latest from the prolific group LITE, with a premiere over at The Line of Best Fit. The track, "Zone," is the B side off the upcoming 7", entitled Blizzard, to be released digitally just ahead of an 8 day jaunt in the UK. You can pre-order the record today, just over here.

Blizzard showcases the band's renowned style of cinematic, melodically rampant math rock. Side A explores a host of stylistic influences, with skittering call-and-response guitars building over an electronic drum loop into a shimmering climax that consumes the listener like a blizzard. B side, "Zone," returns to the signature urgency of LITE, crashing straight into a breakneck, noodling ostinato that perfectly captures the group's cinematic style of composition. Check out the tour dates below.

  • September 13, 2018 - Ebisu, Japan @ Ebisu Liquid Room
  • September 27, 2018 - Shibuya, Japan @ Unknown venue
  • October 08, 2018 - Bristol, UK @ Exchange
  • October 09, 2018 - Manchester, UK @ The Ruby Lounge
  • October 10, 2018 - Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
  • October 11, 2018 - Belfast, UK @ Foundry
  • October 12, 2018 - Dublin, Ireland @ Bello Bar
  • October 13, 2018 - Sheffield, UK @ The Foundry Sheffield
  • October 14, 2018 - London, UK @ The Garage

album art by Yoshiaki Miura

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Doe // New Single, "Labour like I Do"

Topshelf Records and Big Scary Monsters recently announced the signing of London indie rock trio Doe, who will be releasing their second album, Grow into It, on September 28, 2018. Today we're excited to share the upcoming record's second single, "Labour like I Do," with a premiere on NPR.

"'Labour like I Do' is one of those songs that came flowing out like a stream of consciousness," says singer and guitarist Nicola Leel. "For that reason it’s lyrically one of the more straight up songs on the record, but sometimes it’s cool when you blurt out a bunch of words to music and realise you’ve used songwriting as a form of accidental therapy."

Not only is "Labour like I Do" accidentally therapeutic, but it's also infectiously fun and catchy. On this single, Doe experimented a bit beyond their general formula, deftly incorporating synth and slide guitar to accentuate their crafty indie rock hooks that feature clever, polyphonous vocal work. The catchy hooks trade off dynamically before exploding into an anthemic climax that shows a focused band with an ear for powerfully authentic songwriting.

Check out the video, directed by Andrew Northrop, below.


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toe // Our Latest Number

Today we are proud to share the latest record from the widely influential toe.

For nearly two decades toe has consistently redefined the limits of experimental rock, and their latest number is no exception. The four songs that comprise Our Latest Number feature the band's signature spellbinding tenets: dextrous, interwoven guitar melodies trickle around clever, unpredictable drumming, with eruptions into syncopated, awe-inspired climaxes. Never relinquishing the electric suspense they're known for, a decidedly more introspective overtone sets the record apart from its predecessors, lending a personal edge to toe's sound that reaches beyond the boundaries set by their previous work.

There's simply a kinetic energy about everything this band does. Our Latest Number shows the band seamlessly shifting between various instrumentations while experimenting with dynamic vocal arrangements and glitchy, looped samples. Their willingness to constantly test the waters of experimentation is a testament to their status as the definitive authors of the subgenres they're commonly associated with.

Long before we ever started working with them, toe was a band that always captivated us. The spectrum of their sound constantly widens while somehow retaining a distinct, precise organic feel. The new EP, Our Latest Number, is out now. Check it out on your preferred music platform, here.

The band will embark on a North American tour this fall. Tour dates can be found here.

Our Latest Number was recorded and mixed by Mino Takaaki, and mastered by Akihiro Shiba.

Album art and layout by Makoto Nii for Dis(ign)


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El Ten Eleven // Banker's Hill is Available Now!

The day you've all been waiting for – El Ten Eleven's Banker's Hill is out now!!

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with such an exciting and talented band, and we know you're going to love this record. Delve into the 9-song masterpiece anywhere you like to listen to music: http://smarturl.it/BankersHill

Maybe you are more into the classic record-buying experience – we get that and support it! You can also pick up a copy of Banker's Hill from your local brick-and-mortar record shop. The following retailers are carrying it now:

  • All Media Supply
  • Amazon.com
  • Amoeba Music (Hollywood/San Francisco)
  • Boo Boo Records
  • Bull Moose Music
  • CD Central
  • Daddy Kool
  • Dearborn Music
  • Easy Street Records
  • Electric Fetus
  • Everyday Music
  • Fingerprints
  • Gray Whale
  • Guestroom Records
  • Independent Records
  • Luna Music
  • Lunchbox Records
  • Mills Record Company
  • Music Millennium
  • Park Ave. CD's
  • Plan 9
  • Record Exchange
  • Redscroll Records
  • Rolling Stones Record Store
  • Rough Trade Retail
  • Salzer's
  • Scratched Vinyl
  • Shake It
  • Silver Platters
  • Square Records
  • Stiff Slack
  • Stinkweeds
  • The Exclusive Co.
  • Twist & Shout
  • Vertigo
  • Waterloo
  • Zia Enterprises

The band will be heading out on tour next month in celebration of this release, accompanied by Tennis System and RLYR. Grab tickets here.

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Doe // Grow into It pre-orders are now live

Pre-orders are now live for Doe's forthcoming album Grow into It. An album about the aging process and growth, Grow Into It takes influence from bands like The Breeders and The Cars, and aims to be, "an antithesis of the overdone trope of male bands singing about rejecting adulthood and wanting to stay young and get wasted with their friends forever."

Grow into It will be released on September 28th, so don't miss your chance to be the first to jam with the London-based group's fresh and angular indie rock. Your pre-order purchase comes with your choice of a FLAC, ALAC, MP3 320, MP3 VBR or AAC 256 download, available upon release of the record.


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Queen of Jeans // Fall Tour with Circa Survive and La Dispute

Don't miss your chance to witness Queen of Jeans live with Circa Survive and La Dispute this fall on a full US tour. The Philly-based group will be traveling from New York to California and everywhere in between, performing their unique retrofitted brand of crockpot pop, so make sure to get tickets before they sell out!

Tour Dates:

  • October 30, 2018 - Silver Spring, MD, US @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
  • November 01, 2018 - Cleveland, OH, US @ Agora Theatre & Ballroom
  • November 02, 2018 - Detroit, MI, US @ Majestic Theatre
  • November 03, 2018 - Chicago, IL, US @ Vic Theatre
  • November 04, 2018 - St Louis, MO, US @ The Ready Room
  • November 06, 2018 - Denver, CO, US @ Oriental Theater
  • November 07, 2018 - Salt Lake City, UT, US @ The Union
  • November 09, 2018 - Boise, ID, US @ Knitting Factory
  • November 11, 2018 - Seattle, WA, US @ Showbox SoDo
  • November 12, 2018 - Portland, OR, US @ Roseland Theater
  • November 13, 2018 - Berkeley, CA, US @ The UC Theatre
  • November 14, 2018 - Hollywood, CA, US @ Hollywood Palladium
  • November 16, 2018 - Anaheim, CA, US @ House of Blues - Anaheim
  • November 17, 2018 - Las Vegas, NV, US @ House of Blues
  • November 18, 2018 - Phoenix, AZ, US @ The Van Buren
  • November 20, 2018 - Dallas, TX, US @ Gas Monkey Live
  • November 24, 2018 - San Antonio, TX, US @ Alamo City Music Hall
  • November 25, 2018 - Houston, TX, US @ House of Blues
  • November 27, 2018 - Lake Buena Vista, FL, US @ House of Blues
  • November 28, 2018 - St Petersburg, FL, US @ Jannus Live
  • November 30, 2018 - Charlotte, NC, US @ The Underground
  • December 01, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA, US @ Fillmore Philadelphia
  • December 02, 2018 - Worcester, MA, US @ Palladium

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    Another Michael // Land

    Topshelf Records is happy to welcome Another Michael to the roster with the release of their new EP, Land. The four track EP incorporates a wealth of stylistic touchstones that produce a thoughtful amalgam of indie pop carried by crispy, subdued electronic percussion. The eponymous Michael Doherty nimbly lavishes and bolsters each song with an angelic, agile vocal style, occasionally harking back to early 2000s R&B. But the group’s crafty instrumentation and production sit center stage too, consistently driven by a diverse sound palette that flashes with a distinct compositional elegance.

    Check out the EP on your preferred platform, here.

    Land was produced by Nick Sebastiano, Scoops Dardaris, and Michael Doherty.

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    Doe // Welcome to the Roster!

    We are so excited to announce that we will be releasing Doe's upcoming record, Grow into It on September 28th, in tandem with our friends at Big Scary Monsters! If this band isn't on your radar already, take some time to get acquainted with the energetic, UK-based trio whose music will transport you to your happy place. In yesterday's DIY Mag premiere of the first single "Heated", guitarist and singer Nicola Leel commented on the album's themes, and how it's centered around "the aging process and growth." Watch Doe's vibrant music video for the track, and grab a download anywhere you get your music -


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    Clearance // At Your Leisure

    Your Summer soundtrack is officially here – Clearance's album At Your Leisure is out now! Yesterday's premiere with BrooklynVegan described this album as "a breezy, enjoyable listen" and included some words from the band's Mike Bellis (vocalist and songwriter) about the process behind their latest musical creation.

    Stream or buy it on your favorite music platform here.

    Clearance will also be touring this August, playing y'all some new material from this record ~

    • 8/3 – Chicago, IL @ Hideout (album release show)
    • 8/4 – Bloomington, IN @ Blockhouse Bar
    • 8/6 – Nashville, TN @ Fond Object
    • 8/7 – Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club
    • 8/8 – Cleveland – Happy Dog
    • 8/11 – Ridgewood, NY @ Trans-Pecos
    • 8/12 – Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s
    • 8/13 – Northampton, MA @ Red Cross
    • 8/14 – Montreal, QC @ Brasserie Beaubien
    • 8/15 – Toronto, ON @ Duffy’s
    • 8/16 – Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx
    • 8/17 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Corner Record Shop
    • 10/24 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean

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