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Have Mercy // US tour with Major League, Seaway & Better Off

Have Mercy are headed out on tour with Major League, Seaway & Better Off next year — details and info below!

  • Feb 7 - Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose
  • Feb 8 - Indianapolis, IN - Hoosier Dome
  • Feb 9 - St. Louis, MO - The Demo
  • Feb 11 - Dallas, TX - Sons of Herman Hall
  • Feb 12 - Austin, TX - Infest 
  • Feb 13 - San Antonio, TX - The Ten Eleven
  • Feb 14 - El Paso, TX - The Spot 
  • Feb 15 - Mesa, AZ - The Underground
  • Feb 16 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
  • Feb 18 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
  • Feb 19 - Canoga Park, CA - Cobalt Cafe
  • Feb 20 - San Francisco, CA - TBA 
  • Feb 21 - Portland, OR - Branx
  • Feb 22 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon Lounge
  • Feb 24 - Salt Lake City, UT - Shred Shed
  • Feb 25 - Denver, CO - 7th Circle
  • Feb 26 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Hall
  • Feb 27 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
  • Feb 28 - Lansing, MI - Macs Bar
  • Mar 1 - Toledo, OH - Frankies
  • Mar 2 - Toronto, ON - Hard Luck
  • Mar 4 - Buffalo, NY - Waiting Room
  • Mar 5 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft
  • Mar 6 - Boston, MA - TBA 
  • Mar 7 - Amityville, NY - Amityville Music Hall
  • Mar 8 - Freehold, NJ - GameChanger World

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Topshelf Records 2013 Official CMJ Showcase // #tsrCMJ

We always try and make CMJ a really fun time, but this year's gonna be something else. We're getting The Jazz June to reunite, you guys!! A hugely influential band for this genre / niche, If you listen to most anything we've ever released, this band can almost assuredly be indirectly or even directly credited for it. We're honored and thrilled to have them onboard for this. Also playing will be Enemies (coming all the way from Ireland, no less), Caravels, Have Mercy & a very special ~yet-to-be-named~ guest.

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After the show, and between sets, Tom Mullen of Washed Up Emo fame will be DJing only the best of the best tunes.

We'll also have an exclusive, limited Edition 7-inch record for everyone in attendance featuring "Hundred Years" by Caravels and a previously unreleased song from Prawn.

Tickets are on sale right now and are going to sell out, so hop to!

Incase you can't read the print on the poster, here's all the info:

October 19, 2013, 8:00pm @ St. Vitus — Brooklyn, NY

  • TBA
  • The Jazz June
  • Enemies
  • Caravels
  • Have Mercy
  • WashedUpEmo DJ set

$15.00, 21+, Get tickets.

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Have Mercy full US tour with Koji, Turnover & Ivy League

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  • June 07, 2013 - Altoona, PA @ Archway Center
  • June 08, 2013 - Toledo, OH @ Frankie's
  • June 09, 2013 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hoosier Dome
  • June 11, 2013 - St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
  • June 12, 2013 - Omaha, NE @ The Sweatshop Gallery
  • June 13, 2013 - Salinas, KS @ Indian Rock Lodge
  • June 14, 2013 - Denver, CO @ 7th Circle Collective
  • June 15, 2013 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Shred Shed
  • June 16, 2013 - Boise, ID @ Boise Venue
  • June 17, 2013 - Seattle, WA @ El Corozon
  • June 18, 2013 - Portland, OR @ TBD
  • June 20, 2013 - Stockton, CA @ Plea For Peace Center
  • June 21, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA @ Cobalt Cafe
  • June 22, 2013 - San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe
  • June 23, 2013 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
  • June 25, 2013 - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Underground
  • June 27, 2013 - Midland, TX @ The Pinebox
  • June 28, 2013 - San Antonio, TX @ The Ten Eleven
  • June 29, 2013 - Austin, TX @ Beale Street
  • June 30, 2013 - Dallas, TX @ Sons of Herman Hall
  • July 02, 2013 - Memphis, TN @ The Abbey
  • July 03, 2013 - Nashville, TN @ Owl Farm
  • July 04, 2013 - Birmingham, AL @ The Forge
  • July 05, 2013 - Atlanta, GA @ TBD
  • July 06, 2013 - Savannah GA @ Sweet Melissa’s Pizza
  • July 07, 2013 - Tampa, FL @ Transitions Art Gallery
  • July 09, 2013 - Pembroke Pines, FL @ Talent Farm
  • July 10, 2013 - Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar
  • July 11, 2013 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
  • July 12, 2013 - Virginia Beach, VA @ TBD
  • July 13, 2013 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space
  • July 14, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
  • July 16, 2013 - Bay Shore, NY @ Eleven Flow
  • July 17, 2013 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
  • July 18, 2013 - Albany, NY @ Boges
  • July 19, 2013 - Montreal, ON @ Stack Your Roster HQ
  • July 20, 2013 - Ottawa, ON @ TBD
  • July 21, 2013 - Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar
  • July 23, 2013 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme

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In case you missed it:

Perhaps my favorite thing about running a record label is that we're music fans and geek out about this shit just as much as anyone else. So weeks like this are just the best, y'know?!

We premiered two new songs today. Two really, really, really good songs. Do yourself a favor if you've got a few minutes:

Tigers Jaw is going out with a bang — they've got a full US tour with our favorites, Pianos Become the Teeth, and a monster of a split that we occasionally can't believe actually is even happening. I know Tigers Jaw aren't fans of punctuation, but this one puts an exclamation point to the end of a great run.

Listen to their new song "Fake Death" below and pre-order their split with Code Orange Kids, Self Defense Family and The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die in our store.

Weatherbox is a band that's a household name in our office. This band can do no wrong. They're underrated and underappreciated but there's absolutely no way that trend'll continue if they keep pumping out songs like this (and they always do and always will, so yeah). If you're a fan of the Topshelf catalog but not familiar with this band, I implore you to take a moment and give this song a listen — you're gonna like it.

In a niche where bands come and go (see above ): ), these guys are journeymen with absolutely no quit. They've been at this forever and just keep getting better. They'll be out on tour this summer with The Front Bottoms and I can't properly convey enough to you to make it out to a show and see them if you get the opportunity — they're great.

You can pre-order their split with Sainthood Reps right now in our store.

Lastly, the newest and youngest band on our roster, Have Mercy, premiered a new track from their debut full length album this week and it is — by all accounts — incredible. Melodies and hooks for days, you guys. They'll be at BLED Fest next month... schedule accordingly, people.

I'm not the only one who loves it:

“…Shimmering cascades of guitar noise and harrowing vocals. We’ve been playing it on repeat for so long that our friends are starting to worry.”

-MTV Buzzworthy

“…an emotional powerhouse that’ll remind you why you fell in love with music in the first place.”

-Absolutepunk

You can pre-order their new record The Earth Pushed Back now in our store.

EDIT: Keep an eye on the internet tomorrow right now BTW.

Thanks, you guys.

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Have Mercy MTV video premiere // "The Earth Pushed Back" pre-orders!

Heyoo! Today we've got some pretty awesome news! Have Mercy's debut LP The Earth Pushed Back is up for pre-order right now in our store and MTV is currently featuring the band's new video for "Let's Talk About Your Hair" on their Buzzworthy blog — they also had this to say:

"…Shimmering cascades of guitar noise and harrowing vocals. We’ve been playing it on repeat for so long that our friends are starting to worry."

-MTV Buzzworthy

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If that's not convincing enough, Absolutepunk had this to say about the record:

"…an emotional powerhouse that'll remind you why you fell in love with music in the first place."

-Absolutepunk

Recorded with J. Robbins this winter, The Earth Pushed Back will be out May 21, 2013. To check out the pre-order packages we have available for it, head on over to our store.

Thanks, you guys!

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Have Mercy "The Earth Pushed Back" LP out May 21

Recorded at The Magpie Cage in their hometown with indie icon J. Robbins producing, the 10-track album finds the band expanding on the powerful, yet melodic sounds they cultivated on 2012’s My Oldest Friend EP.

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Track listing:

  1. Level Head
  2. Ancient West
  3. Hell
  4. This Old Ark
  5. Let's Talk About Your Hair
  6. When I Sleep
  7. Living Dead
  8. The Gates
  9. Cigarettes and Old Perfume
  10. When I Sleep

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Have Mercy to record debut LP with J. Robbins // touring with Dads this December

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Having just wrapped up a tour in support of The Jealous Sound, Baltimore, MD's Have Mercy will be hitting the road with Dads this winter. Dates are below:

  • Dec 5th Alexandria VA @ Little Man's Garage
  • Dec 6th Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
  • Dec 7th VA Beach @ THIBS
  • Dec 8th Boone, NC @ The Woods Circle House
  • Dec 9th Columbia, SC @ Unit One Art Space
  • Dec 10th Savannah , GA @ Taco Abajo
  • Dec 11th Tallahassee , FL @ The Hidden Hand
  • Dec 12th Birmingham AL, @ TBA
  • Dec 13th Nashville, TN  @ The Owl Farm
  • Dec 14th St. Louis MO @ TBA
  • Dec 15th Little Rock IL @ TBA
  • Dec 16th Chesterton,IN @ Sound Cellar.
  • Dec 17th Chicago, IL @ Township
  • Dec 18th Grand Rapids @ The Turtle Den
  • Dec 19th Columbus, OH @ Kobo
  • Dec 20th Buffalo, NY @ The Forvm
  • Dec 21st Pittsburgh, PA @ 222 Ormbsy

The band will also be in the studio with renowned producer J. Robbins to record their debut LP which will be out next year. You can follow Have Mercy on twitter, tumblr & facebook if you want to, ya know?

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Topshelf Records // Have Mercy

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First thing's first — pause your iTunes or "Gangnam Style" Spotify playlist or whatever and play this while reading on:

We'd like to take this opportunity to welcome Baltimore, MD's Have Mercy to the Topshelf family. Taking cues from peers and predecessors like Makeout Party, The Jealous Sound, The Early NovemberSeahaven and Northstar alike, these dudes are carving a niche of their own.

The band is currently asleep in my apartment as I type this and I'm thinking it'd be real nice to like, make them breakfast or something to celebrate, but I'll probably end up sleeping in instead (sorry in advance, you guys — I am lazily well-intentioned). Edit: they got a parking ticket. Man, I'm the worst host!

The guys are currently on the road with The Jealous Sound and Daytrader. They'll also be recording their debut full length with J. Robbins for a 2013 release. For now, though, go check them out on their Facebook & their Twitter — and download their track "Let’s Talk About Your Hair" for free on our summer sampler.

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