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The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die, Prawn, and The Velvet Teen // Tour with Hey Mercedes

Celebrating the 15 year anniversary of their album, "Everynight Fire Works," Hey Mercedes are taking The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die, Prawn, and The Velvet Teen out on tour!

  • July 08, 2016 - Chicago, IL, US @ Subterranean - get tickets %
  • July 09, 2016 - Detroit, MI, US @ The Shelter - get tickets %
  • July 10, 2016 - Cleveland Heights, OH, US @ Grog Shop - get tickets %
  • July 11, 2016 - Rochester, NY, US @ Bug Jar - get tickets %
  • July 12, 2016 - Cambridge, MA, US @ The Sinclair - get tickets %
  • July 13, 2016 - New York, NY, US @ The Bowery Ballroom - get tickets +
  • July 14, 2016 - Philadelphia, PA, US @ The Foundry Philadelphia - get tickets %
  • July 15, 2016 - Washington, DC, US @ Black Cat - get tickets %
  • July 16, 2016 - Brooklyn, NY, US @ Baby's All Right - get tickets +
  • July 17, 2016 - Pittsburgh, PA, US @ Club Café - get tickets +
  • July 21, 2016 - West Hollywood, CA, US @ Troubadour - get tickets #
  • July 22, 2016 - San Francisco, CA, US @ Bottom of the Hill - get tickets #
  • July 23, 2016 - Santa Ana, CA, US @ Constellation Room at the Observatory - get tickets #

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The Velvet Teen // Fall Japanese tour dates announced

With their new album All Is Illusory now out, The Velvet Teen will be headed out on tour to Japan later this fall! Dates and info are below:

  • October 26: TOKYO @ Fever*
  • October 27: NAGOYA @ Club Upset*
  • October 28: OSAKA @ Conpass*
  • October 31: AOMORI @ Sublime
  • November 1: SENDAI @ Club Shaft
  • November 2: UTSUNOMIYA @ Hello Dolly
  • November 3: TOKYO @ Nine Spice

*= w/ Lostage

Listen to the band’s new record All Is Illusory on Spotify or SoundCloud.

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The Velvet Teen // US tour

With their new album All Is Illusory now released, The Velvet Teen are headed out on a full US tour this summer to play you some songs from it! Dates and info are below:

  • 07/17 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
  • 07/18 - Portland, OR @ Zidell Yards
  • 07/19 - Missoula, MT @ Stage 112
  • 07/20 - Billings, MT @ The Pub Station
  • 07/21 - Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
  • 07/23 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
  • 07/24 - Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
  • 07/25 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
  • 07/26 - Chicago, IL @ Wicker Park Fest
  • 07/28 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
  • 07/29 - St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
  • 07/30 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
  • 07/31 - Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
  • 08/01 - Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class Lounge
  • 08/02 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
  • 08/03 - Washington, DC @ DC9
  • 08/05 - Boston, MA @ Great SCott
  • 08/06 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
  • 08/07 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Boot & Saddle
  • 08/08 - Fredericksburg, VA @ St. George’s Episcopal
  • 08/10 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
  • 08/11 - Ybor City, FL @ New World Brewery
  • 08/12 - Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
  • 08/14 - Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain
  • 08/15 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
  • 08/17 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
  • 08/18 - San Diego, CA @ Seven Grand
  • 08/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite
  • 08/21 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
  • 08/22 - Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theatre

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The Velvet Teen // Topshelf Records

We're elated to announce that we'll be releasing a new album from The Velvet Teen this summer. They're one of our favorite bands and as long-time followers of their music, this album has us the most excited of any to date — it's an incredibly dynamic album and the perfect culmination of everything this band is truly great at (which, frankly, is a lot). If you're a fan of bands on our roster like toe, Enemies, Braid, Crash of Rhinos and Prawn, then (and I can't convey this enough) you're going to love this band and this album. Can't wait for you all to hear it.

The forthcoming album is titled All Is Illusory and will be released on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. All Is Illusory marks the band's fourth album and is the long-awaited and elegant follow-up to 2006's Cum Laude! that was recorded and co-produced by Steve Choi (Rx Bandits, Peace'd Out) and Roger Camero (No Motiv, Peace'd Out). From its gorgeous, swirling electronics to its harder, angular, '90s-leaning flourishes of grunge, indie and emo, All Is Illusory is a welcome return for a band whose varied influences are still very much intact after its short silence.

If you're able to, be sure to see the band on their current west coast tour around SXSW!

  • 03.10 - Oakland, CA @ 1234 Go Records
  • 03.11 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place
  • 03.12 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite
  • 03.13 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
  • 03.14 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
  • 03.15 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
  • 03.19 - Austin, TX (SXSW) @ Cheer Up Charlies - Flowerbooking/AV Club Party
  • 03.19 - Austin, TX (SXSW) @ Soho Lounge - Topshelf Records Party
  • 03.20 - Austin, TX (SXSW) @ Red 7 - Brooklyn Vegan Day Party
  • 03.20 - Austin, TX (SXSW) @ Red 7 - Flowerbooking Day Party
  • 03.21 - Austin, TX (SXSW) @ The Highball - Shiner Party
  • 03.22 - Dallas, TX @ Spillover Music Festival
  • 03.24 - Denver, CO @ Moon Room
  • 03.25 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
  • 03.26 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
  • 03.27 - Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
  • 03.28 - Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
  • 03.29 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza

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Topshelf Records @ SXSW 2015

Our annual spring migration to Austin, TX is nearly upon us! This year we are very happy to have The Ally Coalition on board with us in hosting our showcase — they do incredibly important work and we're thrilled to have them on board. Like last year, we'll be hosting the show at Soho Lounge at 217 E 6th in downtown Austin. There's no cover and we've got Stone Brewing involved to make sure the drinks are cheap! RSVP for the show here (we also created a Facebook event page if that's more your thing).

We'll also have loads of free giveaways for all attendees including slip mats, 7-inch records (courtesy of the fine people at Gotta Groove Records, limited to 500 and exclusive to this show), our label sampler CD, canvas tote bags, stickers, screen printed posters (courtesy of Charlie Wagers Creative) and t-shirts — there are varying quantities of everything so get there early!

Here's the line-up and set times:

If you're not familiar with any of the bands playing, we created a Youtube playlist featuring a music video from each artist as well as a SoundCloud playlist with a track from each. Also, per usual, if you can't make it, our friends at Light & Noise will post some video footage afterward. Lastly, this event is an unofficial SXSW showcase, so there's no need for a badge or wristband to attend.

Thanks!!

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