Ratboys // New Album "GN" Announced, Song Premiere on The Fader, Tour Dates with PWR BTTM & Pet Symmetry

AOID, the debut album from Chicago’s Ratboys, holds a special place in my mental music library. When I first heard it, it wasn’t out yet, and was shared with me via a link through a mutual friend. Even in the sterile environment of a SoundCloud private stream, I became captivated with the storytelling of Julia Steiner’s lyrics and how they pair seamlessly with the exceptional playing and creative leads concocted by Guitarist Dave Sagan. I immediately found myself scrounging the internet for other material from the duo (and was not disappointed). I was emailing them later that day—sometimes you just know.

AOID quickly became one of my favorite albums and Ratboys one of my favorite bands. I now count them among my good friends and have seen them perform dozens and dozens of times all around the world. They’re a truly special band and wonderful people that we’re thrilled to be working with.

Today we’re excited to announce that we will be releasing the band’s new album GNon CD, cassette, vinyl & digitally on June 30th. Pre-orders are available now as well as the first taste of the new album in the form of lead single “Control”—it’s streaming now over on The Fader.

There’s an airy, almost leisurely charm about Ratboys’ music that they’re somehow able to conjure time and time again. GN continues this trend beautifully and we can’t wait to share it with you.

Catch the band on tour (and playing some new songs!) this spring and summer—dates and info are below and tickets are on sale now.

  • 05.26.17 - Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s %
  • 05.27.17 - Howell, MI @ Bled Fest %
  • 05.28.17 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s %
  • 05.30.17 - Boston, MA @ Middle East %
  • 05.31.17 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right %
  • 06.01.17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle %
  • 06.30.17 - Chicago, IL @ Schuba's (Record release show)
  • 07.25.17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court #
  • 07.27.17 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird #
  • 07.29.17 - Chicago, IL @ Wicker Park Fest
  • 07.30.17 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's #

% = w/ Pet Symmetry
# = w/ PWR BTTM

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Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) // "A Keepsake" Music Video

Today, Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) put out their very first music video—and it's amazing. "A Keepsake" premiered via BrooklynVegan, where you can read all about what inspired the style of this incredible video, which was animated by the talented Jeremy Lowther.

The track is from You Will Eventually Be Forgotten, the band's last LP before calling it quits.

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tricot // "DeDeDe" Track Stream and Album Pre-Order

We finally get to share tricot's new single "DeDeDe" with you today! It just premiered via GoldFlakePaint, who said the track is "a gleaming three-and-a-half minutes that bends and bursts and delivers a thrilling sense of brightness that will have you clamouring for the repeat button." It will take you on a journey through lively vocal harmonies and varying time signatures that make for an incredibly unique song with a catchy, upbeat vibe.

Listen to "DeDeDe" via GoldFlakePaint.

Pre-order for all formats of the upcoming album 3 here.

We are teaming up with our friends at Big Scary Monsters, who will be handling the UK/European release of the album.

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Slingshot Dakota // 7" and Tour Announcement

Today, Slingshot Dakota premiered a new track entitled "Grudge"! It's part of a two song 7" called Broken to be released on Friday, which will be joint release from us and Specialist Subject Records. You can purchase your own copy now. Slingshot stay true to their meaningful lyrics and catchy instrumentals with this song, which DIY magazine called "melodic and crushing in equal parts, and reaches a thunderous climax, with bucketloads of dissatisfaction being spat out."

Additionally, the band will be heading oversees in May for a run of UK dates with Petal!

  • May 6: Bristol - Deadpunk Special
  • May 8: Manchester - Retro Bar
  • May 9: Glasgow - Hug & Pint
  • May 10: Leeds - Wharf Chambers
  • May 11: Nottingham - JT Soar
  • May 12: Southampton - Joiners
  • May 13: London - DIY Space For London
  • May 14: Brighton - The Hope

Purchase tickets and get more info here.

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Del Paxton // "Koolwink" Song Premiere

Stereogum just premiered "Koolwink" by Del Paxton, which they said "combines the smooth melodic sensibilities of mid-’90s emo with the more hook-minded approach."

Check out this first single from the band's upcoming full-length, All Day, Every Day, All Night.

Pre-orders are available through our storehere.

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Heat // "Lush" Music Video + Tour Dates

The music video for "Lush" by Heat premiered on Clrvynt and Chart Attack today!

Heat is also doing a bunch of tour dates early next year!

  • Feb. 2 — Montreal, QC @ Ritz PDB
  • Feb. 4 — Quebec, QC @ L’Anti
  • Feb. 8 — Ottawa, ON @ Dominion Tavern
  • Feb. 9 — Toronto, ON @ Baby G
  • Feb. 10 — London, ON @ NZK Palace
  • Feb. 11 — Guelph, ON @ Hillside Inside Festival
  • Feb. 12 — Hamilton, ON @ Casbah
  • Feb. 24 — Sherbrooke, QC @ La Petite Boite Noire
  • Mar. 4 — Saint-Hyacinthe, QC @ Zaricot
  • Mar. 8 — New Haven, CT @ BAR (w/ Navy Gangs)
  • Mar. 9 — New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (w/ Mercury Girls + Navy Gangs)
  • Mar. 10 — Baltimore, MD @ The Windup Space (w/ Mercury Girls + Navy Gangs)
  • Mar. 11 — Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 (w/ Navy Gangs)
  • Mar. 14 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • Mar. 15 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • Mar. 16 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • Mar. 17 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • Mar. 18 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • Mar. 19 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • Apr. 18 — St John, NB @ Callahans Pub
  • Apr. 19 — Sackville, NB @ Thunder & Lightning
  • Apr. 20 — Halifax, NS @ Seahorse Tavern
  • Apr. 21 — Fredericton, NB @ Flourish Festival
  • Apr. 22 — Moncton, NB @ Claude’s House

Tickets and more info

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CLIQUE // Wishful Thinking Music Video

Today The Key WXPN premiered CLIQUE's video for "Wishful Thinking" which was filmed and edited by Good Boy Audiovisual (another project of bassist Travis Arterburn).

They also have the following Philly shows coming up:

  • December 15th @ Everybody Hits
  • December 29th @ The Pharmacy
  • January 26th @ Johnny Brenda’s

Tickets and more info here.

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Melt // Riffer Cassette

Riffer by MELT will be the 11th installment of our Cassette Series! Check out the full album streaming on GoldFlakePaint today before its official release this Friday.

You can pre-order the cassette on our US store now.

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Heat // Album Announcement + Tour Dates

We are so excited to be working with Heat to release their debut LP, Overnight on January 20th! BrooklynVegan is streaming the single, "Lush" today and said, "the LP finds them expanding their atmospheric VU/JAMC-influenced postpunk sound into poppier territory."

Pre-order 'Overnight'

In addition to the M for Montreal Festival in their hometown, the band will be touring Canada and heading to SXSW early next year:

  • 11.19.16 – Montreal, QC @ Matahari (M for Montreal)
  • 02.02.17 – Montreal, QC @ Ritz PDB
  • 02.04.17 – Quebec, QC @ L’Anti
  • 02.08.17 – Ottawa, ON @ Dominion Tavern
  • 02.09.17 – Toronto, ON @ Baby G
  • 02.10.17 – London, ON @ NZK Palace
  • 02.11.17 – Guelph, ON @ Hillside Inside Festival
  • 02.12.17 – Hamilton, ON @ Casbah
  • 02.24.17 – Sherbrooke, QC @ La Petite Boite Noire
  • 03.04.17 – Saint-Hyacinthe, QC @ Zaricot
  • 03.14.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03.15.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03.16.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03.17.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03.18.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03.19.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 04.18.17 – St John, NB @ Callahans Pub
  • 04.19.17 – Sackville, NB @ Thunder & Lightning
  • 04.20.17 – Halifax, NS @ Seahorse Tavern
  • 04.21.17 – Fredericton, NB @ Flourish Festival
  • 04.22.17 – Moncton, NB @ Claude’s House

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DANGERS // New Music Video + East Coast and European Tour Dates

After recently releasing their newest full-length, The Bend in the Break, DANGERS just put out a video for "Kiss With Spit". It was directed by Ricky Lesser and Mitch Wells and BrooklynVegan said it "matches the song’s pissed-off vibes."

The band also just announced East Coast and European dates:

12/26: NYC @ Shea Stadium
12/28: Montclair, NJ @ The Meat Locker
12/29: Wallingford, CT @ WAMLEG
12/30 (evening): Worcester, MA @ Distant Castle and
12/30 (night): Boston, MA @ Middle East
12/31 (matinee): Brooklyn, NY @ Gold Sounds

EUROPE w/ Swain:
1/2: London, UK @ Black Heart *just DANGERS
1/3: Cologne, DE @ Privat
1/4: Antwerp, BE @ Den Eglantier
1/5: Utrecht, NL @ Ekko
1/6: Berlin, DE @ Jugendklub Linse
1/7: Darmstadt, DE @ Oettinger Villa

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