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End of Year Sale!

What a year it's been for us all! With releases from Heat, mouse on the keys, Slingshot Dakota, Del Paxton, tricot, Ratboys, Us and Us Only, Colossal, People Like You, Queen Moo, Prawn, Wild Ones, Gingerlys, No Vacation, and one surprise record coming out this Friday, we couldn't be more proud to be a label that represents such talented artists. Through the remainder of the year, all 2017 releases will be 17% off on both US and UK stores.

US holiday shipping deadlines (to arrive by Dec 24) –

  • USPS media mail: December 14
  • USPS 1st Class: December 19
  • USPS Priority: December 20

Want a general recap of what we've put out this year + cassette series + some sneaky hints? Check out these Bandcamp / Apple Music / Spotify playlists we made.

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Ratboys // Tour with Vundabar

After an awesome set of SXSW shows this past March, Ratboys will be heading back to Austin in 2018! They will be supporting Vundabar on a full US tour (+ a couple Canadian dates) to and from the festival – tickets go on sale Wedneaday, December 6th. Stay tuned for more info about what us and our bands will be up to for SXSW!


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Ratboys // Midwest Tour

After taking just a couple months to recover from an extensive fall tour, Ratboys are kicking off 2018 with some more shows in the midwest – accompanied by Nnamdi Ogbonnaya on select dates!

  • 1/11 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Founders Brewing *
  • 1/12 - Lakewood, OH @ Mahall's Locker Room
  • 1/13 - Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot *
  • 1/14 - Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub *
  • 1/17 - Appleton, WI @ Stone Arch
  • 1/18 - Davenport, IA @ Raccoon Motel *
  • 1/19 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas (TNK)
  • 1/20 - St. Louis, MO @ Art of Live Fest

*with Nnamdi Ogbonnaya

We had a chance to see them in October when they were on the West Coast for a run of intimate, acoustic shows. We caught up with them after their set at Soda Bar in San Diego and recorded new episode of our band interview series, Gig Gab!

You can watch all the videos in our Gig Gab series on YouTube – stay tuned for one with The World is a Beautiful Place which will be out next week.

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Ratboys // "GM" Music Video & US Tour with Italy's DAGS!

Get a glimpse of what it's like to hang out with Chicago-based band, Ratboys, in their new "GM" music video. They recap their tour adventures and personal stories in this folksy, sweetly-sung track – shot entirely on a Go-Pro, the band makes it easy for fans to go behind the scenes and get a feel for life on the road.

Check out their second full length album GN and don't miss them take the stage with DAGS! at a venue near you!

  • 10/20 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *
  • 10/21 - Lexington, KY @ The Burl *
  • 10/22 - Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar *
  • 10/24 - Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge *
  • 10/25 - Birmingham, AL @ Syndicate Lounge *
  • 10/26 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder *
  • 10/27 - Gainesville, FL @ The Fest 16
  • 10/28 - Greenville, SC @ The Radio Room *
  • 10/29 - Knoxville, TN @ Open Chord *
  • 10/31 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room *
  • 11/01 - Washington, DC @ DC9 *
  • 11/02 - Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits *
  • 11/03 - New York, NY @ Union Pool *
  • 11/04 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs *

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Ratboys // Tour Dates with DAGS!

Ratboys are always on tour, and even more so since they've released their second full length, GN. The Chicago-based band will making their way down south this October with DAGS! from Milan, Italy. Tickets go on sale on Friday, August 4th - don't miss seeing them in your city!

  • 10/21 Lexington, KY @ The Burl
  • 10/22 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
  • 10/24 Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge
  • 10/25 Birmingham, AL @ Syndicate Lounge
  • 10/26 Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
  • 10/28 Greenville, SC @ the Radio Room
  • 10/29 Knoxville, TN @ Open Chord

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Ratboys // "GN" Now Streaming

GN, the long-awaited sophomore album from Ratboys, is now streaming in its entirety for you to listen to to your heart’s desire. Julie Steiner and Dave Sagan draw influence from the likes of Sheryl Crow, Jenny Lewis, and Kim Deal in their marriage of emo and country counterparts, upholding their melodic, intimate sound. Stereogum acclaims the band's writing on the record for its ability to "blur the line between the personal and the conceptual." GN offers a compilation of storytelling in its personal accounts of sorrow, elation, and learning experiences. The duo will kick off their tour with Mother Evergreen, All Get Out, and Diet Cig starting June 30th at their record release show at Schubas in Chicago, IL.

GN will be available this Friday, June 30th, on CD, vinyl, cassette, and digitally.

Dates and info below.

  • 06.30.17 - Chicago, IL @ Schuba's (Record Release Show) *
  • 07.01.17 - Davenport, IA @ Raccoon Motel *
  • 07.02.17 - Champaign, IL @ Memphis on Main *
  • 07.03.17 - Bowling Green, KY @ Sinkhole Sanctuary *
  • 07.05.17 - Detroit, MI @ Pike Room at the Crofoot
  • 07.06.17 - Toronto, ON @ DBeatstro
  • 07.07.17 - Ottawa, ON @ Montgomery Legion Hall
  • 07.08.17 - Burlington, VT @ SideBar
  • 07.09.17 - Montreal, QC @ L'Escogriffe
  • 07.11.17 - Manchester, NH @ Penuche's Music Hall
  • 07.12.17 - Portland, ME @ SPACE Gallery
  • 07.13.17 - Albany, NY @ The Rice House
  • 07.14.17 - Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
  • 07.15.17 - Bethlehem, PA @ The Blast Furnace Room at ArtsQuest
  • 07.21.17 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
  • 07.22.17 - Omaha, NE @ Milk Run
  • 07.23.17 - St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill Duck Room
  • 08.01.17 - Kansas City, MO @ The recordBar (w/ Slothrust)
  • 08.02.17 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club (w/ Ron Gallo, Slothrust)
  • 08.19.17 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
  • 08.20.17 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs ^
  • 08.22.17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie ^
  • 08.23.17 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory ^
  • 08.24.17 - Washington, DC @ DC9 ^
  • 08.25.17 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room ^
  • 08.26.17 - Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl ^
  • 08.27.17 - Nashville, TN @ The End
  • 09.07.17 - Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom at The Outer Space #
  • 09.09.17 - Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre #
  • 09.11.17 - Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall #
  • 09.12.17 - Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt #
  • 09.13.17 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Funhouse at Mr Smalls #
  • 09.15.17 - Bethlehem, PA @ Lehigh University
  • 09.16.17 - Lancaster, PA @ Lizard Lounge #
  • 09.17.17 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery #
  • 10.27.17 - Gainesville, FL @ FEST

* = w/ Mother Evergreen
^ = w/ All Get Out
# = w/ Diet Cig

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Ratboys // "Westside" Song Premiere

Today, Ratboys' single “Westside” is streaming on The Line of Best Fit, who relate the post-country single’s prominent sun-soaked guitar chords to “a blinding sunset to cap off the musical equivalent of a hazy August afternoon.”

The track from “GN” follows up the Chicago outfit’s “AOID” with a sort of nostalgic emotional hide-and-seek delivered softly by Julia Steiner’s vocals, with lyrics like 'I fall asleep to the memories / Of my dreams," which push through Dave Sagan's swirling guitar crescendos. The track leaves its listeners in a dreamy country-inspired haze reminiscent of past summers. “Westside” reveals Ratboys’ ability to mix their own form of indie rock with undertones of other genres.

Pre-order their upcoming album, “GN."

Tour Dates:

  • 5/26 Chicago, IL - Schuba's~
  • 5/27 Howell, MI - BLED Fest
  • 5/28 Cleveland, OH - Mahall's~
  • 5/30 Boston, MA - Middle East Upstairs~
  • 5/31 Brooklyn, NY - Baby's Alright~
  • 6/1 Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle~
  • 6/2 Pittsburgh, PA - Ba Sing Se
  • 6/3 South Bend, IN - Riverlights Music Festival

~supporting Pet Symmetry

  • 6/5 Chicago, IL - The Gym (stripped down set)
  • 6/30 Chicago, IL - Schuba's*
  • 7/1 Davenport, IA - The Raccoon Motel*
  • 7/2 Champaign, IL - Memphis on Main*
  • 7/3 Bowling Green, KY - Sinkhole Sanctuary*
  • 7/5 Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room
  • 7/6 Toronto, ON - D-Beatstro
  • 7/7 Ottawa - ON - TBA
  • 7/8 Burlington, VT - TBA
  • 7/9 Montreal, QC - L'Escogriffe
  • 7/11 Manchester, NH - Penuches Music Hall
  • 7/12 Portland, ME - Space Gallery
  • 7/13 Albany, NY - Relief Theater
  • 7/14 Rochester, NY - Bug Jar
  • 7/15 Bethlehem, PA - Blast Furnace Room
  • *w/ Mother Evergreen
  • 7/21 Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
  • 7/22 Omaha, NE - Milk Run
  • 7/24 Laramie, WY - Babe Haus
  • 7/29 Chicago, IL - Wicker Park Fest
  • 8/18 Chicago, IL - Subterranean (upstairs)

*w/ Mother Evergreen

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Ratboys // New Single and Video Premiere Via NPR

NPR Music premiered Ratboys' new single, Elvis Is in the Freezer, which they call "just the sweetest story about a dead cat."

It's true, the music video tells the tale (tail?) of two friends and the death of a beloved cat — and it's all in reverse.

"The band's sophomore album GN (short for 'good night') is a significant step-up both in production and songwriting from AOID, something that could've been made in East Nashville, but was recorded right in their Chicago hometown." - NPR Music

We've had it stuck in our heads all day. GN is out on June 30, and it's available for pre-order meow!!!


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05.26.17 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas %

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 @ Schubas *

07.01.17 - Davenport, IA @ Raccoon Motel *

07.02.17 - Champaign, IL @ Memphis on Main *

07.03.17 - Bowling Green, KY @ Sinkhole Sanctuary *

07.05.17 - Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room

07.06.17 - Toronto, ON @ D'Beatstro

07.09.17 - Montreal, QC @ L'Escogriffe

07.11.17 - Manchester, NH @ Penuches Music Hall

07.12.17 - Portland, ME @ Space Gallery

07.13.17 - Albany, NY @ Relief Theater

07.14.17 - Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar

07.15.17 - Bethlehem, PA @ Blast Furnace Room

07.21.17 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews

07.22.17 - Omaha, NE @ Milk Run

07.24.17 - Laramie, WY @ Babe Haus

07.25.17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court #

07.27.17 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird #

07.30.17 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's #

% = w/ Pet Symmetry

* = w/ Mother Evergreen

# = w/ PWR BTTM

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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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Ratboys & Dowsing // Tour Kickoff + Split Out Today!

Today is a big day for Ratboys and Dowsing! In addition to kicking off the European leg of their World Tour (with Kevin in tow), their Split EP is also out! We first heard about Ratboys from Dowsing, so it's only fitting that we're luck enough to be releasing a split with both bands. Thank goodness they like each other because this is a crap ton of shows that they are doing together. Oh yeah, they'll also have the split on vinyl and cassette at the shows.

Tour info: http://www.topshelfrecords.com/ratboystour

Grab your copy of the Split EP today!

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