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Ratboys // New Split 7" and UK, Europe & US Tour with Dowsing

Fellow Chicagoans Ratboys and Dowsing will be embarking on a back-to-back-to-back UK, European & US tour later this year! The bands have also got a split 7" — featuring two tracks each — which they'll have with them on all dates of the tour!

Pre-orders for the split on vinyl and digitally will be up later today (for now, though, you can sign up to be notified when they *do* go up). Community Records will be handling a cassette release of the split and will have that available soon as well.

All dates and info for the tours are below:

  • August 12, 2016 - Chicago, IL, US @ Downstairs (at SubT) - get tickets
  • September 09, 2016 - Poznan, Poland @ Pod Minogą - get tickets
  • September 10, 2016 - Krakow, Poland @ Warsztat - get tickets
  • September 12, 2016 - Vienna, Austria @ Venster 99 - get tickets
  • September 13, 2016 - Zagreb, Croatia @ Attack! AKC Medika - get tickets
  • September 17, 2016 - Turin, Italy @ Officine Ferroviarie - get tickets
  • September 20, 2016 - Madrid, Spain @ Wurlitzer Ballroom - get tickets
  • September 23, 2016 - Leuven, Belgium @ Vleugel F, Leuven - get tickets
  • September 25, 2016 - Brighton, UK @ Sticky Mike's Frog Bar - get tickets
  • September 26, 2016 - Bristol, UK @ Roll For The Soul - get tickets
  • September 27, 2016 - Cork, Ireland @ Crane Lane Theatre - get tickets
  • September 28, 2016 - Galway, Ireland @ Róisín Dubh - get tickets
  • September 29, 2016 - Dublin, Ireland @ Upstairs at Whelan's - get tickets
  • September 30, 2016 - Birmingham, UK @ Aston University Students Union - get tickets
  • October 01, 2016 - Glasgow, UK @ Audio - get tickets
  • October 02, 2016 - Nottingham, UK @ JT Soar - get tickets
  • October 04, 2016 - Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach - get tickets
  • October 05, 2016 - Lille, France @ Do It Yourself Café - get tickets
  • October 06, 2016 - Paris, France @ L'olympic Café - get tickets
  • October 08, 2016 - Cologne, Germany @ Club Privat - get tickets
  • October 17, 2016 - Chicago, IL, US @ Burlington Bar - get tickets
  • October 18, 2016 - Ames, IA, US @ DG's Taphouse - get tickets
  • October 19, 2016 - Kansas City, MO, US @ Records with Merritt
  • October 20, 2016 - Carbondale, IL, US @ The Taco Stand - get tickets
  • October 21, 2016 - St Louis, MO, US @ Fubar - get tickets
  • October 22, 2016 - New Orleans, LA, US @ Community Records Fest
  • October 23, 2016 - Pensacola, FL, US @ Odaiba - get tickets
  • October 24, 2016 - Tallahassee, FL, US @ Wolf's Den - get tickets
  • October 25, 2016 - Orlando, FL, US @ Pre-pre-Fest
  • October 26, 2016 - Ybor, FL, US @ Pre-fest
  • October 27, 2016 - Miami, FL, US @ The Granary - get tickets
  • October 28-30, 2016 - Gainesville, FL, US @ THE FEST 15

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Wildhoney // Added to US Tour with Field Mouse and Cymbals Eat Guitars

With the release of their most recent EP Your Face Sideways and a new split EP coming out soon, this fall Wildhoney is joining Field Mouse and Cymbals Eat Guitars on their upcoming North American tour — dates and info below:

  • 9/15/2016 Brooklyn NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • 9/16/2016 Allston MA Great Scott
  • 9/18/2016 Washington DC DC9 *
  • 9/19/2016 Raleigh NC Kings *
  • 9/21/2016 Orlando FL Will’s Pub *
  • 9/22/2016 Tallahassee FL Club Downunder *
  • 9/23/2016 New Orleans LA House of Blues - The Parish *
  • 9/24/2016 Dallas TX Three Links *
  • 9/25/2016 Austin TX The Sidewinder *
  • 9/27/2016 Phoenix AZ The Rebel Lounge *
  • 9/28/2016 San Diego CA Soda Bar *
  • 9/29/2016 Los Angeles CA The Echo *
  • 9/30/2016 Pomona CA Acerogami *
  • 10/1/2016 San Francisco CA Swedish American Hall *
  • 10/3/2016 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge *
  • 10/4/2016 Vancouver BC The Cobalt *
  • 10/5/2016 Seattle WA Barboza *
  • 10/7/2016 Salt Lake City UT Metro Bar *
  • 10/8/2016 Denver CO Larimer Lounge *
  • 10/9/2016 Omaha NE Reverb Lounge *
  • 10/10/2016 Minneapolis MN 7th Street Entry *
  • 10/11/2016 Chicago IL Empty Bottle *
  • 10/12/2016 Ferndale MI The Loving Touch *
  • 10/13/2016 Toronto ON The Garrison *
  • 10/14/2016 Montreal QC La Vitrola *
  • 10/16/2016 Philadelphia PA Johnny Brenda's

All Dates with Cymbals Eat Guitars
*9/18-10/14 with Field Mouse.

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Topshelf Records // Welcome Danielle Leonard

Some of you maybe are already aware of this, but we are psyched psyched psyched to announce that we've hired a new employee!!!

I would like to introduce you to Danielle Leonard — she's just moved from Savanah, GA to start working with Seth, Robbie and I at Topshelf here in San Diego — which we are ~completely~ thrilled about! She's a graduate of Savanah College of Art and Design, where she got her BFA in Photography while DJing for SCAD Radio, hosting hundreds of shows at The Bomb Shelter, starting Bomb Shelter Records, interning at Sargent House and being a road dawg for a bit with Marriages and Creepoid. She rules and is a wrecking ball go-getter beam of sunshine.

As part of her role with us, she's helping out with a lot of the behind-the-scenes of the label that I won't burden you with, but also handling our email newsletters (which you can subscribe to here: http://tpshlf.co/2arquXj).

Give her a follow on twitter or instagram:

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Happy Diving // Album Premiere via Heartbreaking Bravery, On Full US Tour Now

We are ~officially~ releasing Electric Soul Unity by Happy Diving on August 19th, but Heartbreaking Bravery has an advance stream of the entire album which they describe as "a record that examines the human condition in dire moments, yet recognizes that there’s so much more than some small modicum of life-giving moments that also comprise those stretches." The album's in stock on all formats and shipping now.

Happy Diving just started their first ever US Tour — dates and info below:

  • July 23, 2016 - Oakland, CA @ Unknown venue - get tickets
  • July 24, 2016 - Santa Rosa, CA @ Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art, and Politics - get tickets
  • July 25, 2016 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Hi Hat - get tickets
  • July 26, 2016 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar - get tickets
  • July 27, 2016 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress - get tickets
  • July 28, 2016 - Albuquerque, NM @ Unknown venue - get tickets
  • July 29, 2016 - Oklahoma City, OK@ Unknown venue - get tickets
  • July 30, 2016 - Fort Worth, TX @ Unknown venue - get tickets
  • July 31, 2016 - Houston, TX @ Vinyl Edge Records - get tickets
  • August 02, 2016 - Nashville, TN @ Unknown venue - get tickets
  • August 04, 2016 - Richmond, VA @ Unknown venue - get tickets
  • August 05, 2016 - Durham, NC @ The Pinhook - get tickets
  • August 06, 2016 - Baltimore, MD @ Unknown venue - get tickets
  • August 07, 2016 - Philadelphia, PA @ Lava Space - get tickets
  • August 08, 2016 - Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium BK - get tickets
  • August 10, 2016 - Providence, RI @ Tommy's Place - get tickets
  • August 11, 2016 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott - get tickets
  • August 12, 2016 - Amherst, MA @ Unknown venue - get tickets
  • August 13, 2016 - Montreal, QC @ Poisson Noir - get tickets
  • August 14, 2016 - Toronto, ON @ Unknown venue - get tickets
  • August 15, 2016 - Detroit, MI@ Unknown venue - get tickets
  • August 16, 2016 - Milwaukee, WI @ Hi Dive - get tickets
  • August 17, 2016 - Bloomington, IN @ Unknown venue - get tickets
  • August 18, 2016 - Eau Claire, WI @ Unknown venue - get tickets
  • August 19, 2016 - Duluth, MN @ Unknown venue - get tickets
  • August 20, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN@ Unknown venue - get tickets
  • August 21, 2016 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag Records - get tickets
  • August 24, 2016 - Calgary, AB @ Tubby Dog - get tickets
  • August 26, 2016 - Vancouver, BC @ Antisocial Skate Shop - get tickets
  • August 27, 2016 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo's - get tickets
  • August 28, 2016 - Olympia, WA @ Unknown venue - get tickets
  • August 29, 2016 - Portland, OR @ Unknown venue - get tickets
  • August 30, 2016 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill - get tickets

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Slingshot Dakota // New Music Video Premiering on NPR, On Tour Now with Dikembe

Slingshot Dakota have a couple more dates left on their tour with Dikembe, as well as playing Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA:

  • July 28, 2016 - Gainesville, FL @ Loosey's - get tickets
  • July 29, 2016 - Orlando, FL @ Will's Pub - get tickets
  • August 8, 2016 - Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest - get tickets

In addition to these, Slingshot will also be playing both Fest and Pre-Fest in Florida!

NPR just premiered the official video for Slingshot Dakota's "Paycheck" off their latest album, Break! They had some really nice things to say about this lovely, colorful, energetic video: "Paycheck" is an anthem for small-town punks; it's meant to be heard in basements, which makes this video fitting. It's music you're supposed to mosh to, getting out every last emotion as you deal with the comedowns that happen while "trying to make it."

Little Elephant is one of our very favorite DIY live session squads! They just put up a great video of Slingshot Dakota's song, "Yes", and we know you're gunna dig it.

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Bellows // "Fist & Palm" On Cassette, Song Premieres on NPR and The Fader, Tour with PWR BTTM & Lisa Prank

I should preempt everything here in saying that, to date, Bellows' new album Fist & Palm is my favorite of this year. It's a fantastic record that takes me through the gamut of emotion. From grandiose soaring pop highs to introspective sullen lows, the album's eleven tracks are ambitious in scope, sonic palette and execution. Fist & Palm is at once familiar but constantly expanding ever slightly into new territory creating something fresh that — for me, personally — invokes the excitement I recall feeling when discovering K acts like Mirah or The Blow paired with the euphoria of M83's Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. It's an exciting combination we're truly proud to be involved with in any capacity.

We'll be releasing Fist & Palm September 30, 2016 as part of our monthly cassette subscription series (Double Double Whammy are handling digital, vinyl & CD). You can pre-order an individual cassette copy of the album or pick up our entire subscription now.

NPR's All Songs Considered released "Thick Skin" earlier this summer saying at the heart of the song "is the message that one of the most freeing parts of life is the search for satisfaction, not the arrival of satisfaction itself" and that it has an "absolutely lovely, intimate quality." Yesterday The Fader shared album standout "Orange Juice".

Bellows are also embarking on a US tour with PWR BTTM and Lisa Prank this summer. All dates below.

  • 10/22 - Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace ^
  • 10/24 - Toronto, ON @ Silver Dollar Room ^
  • 10/25 - Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s ^
  • 10/26 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen ^
  • 10/27 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry ^
  • 10/28 - Omaha, NE @ Milk Run ^
  • 10/30 - Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge ^
  • 11/1 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court ^
  • 11/2 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux ^
  • 11/3 - Walla Walla, WA @ Billsville West ^
  • 11/4 - Vancouver, BC @ 333 Clark ^
  • 11/5 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project ^
  • 11/6 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios #
  • 11/7 - Eugene, OR @ The Boreal ^
  • 11/9 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop ^
  • 11/11 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater ^
  • 11/12 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge ^
  • 11/14 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk ^
  • 11/15 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada ^
  • 11/16 - Jackson, MS @ Big Sleepy’s ^
  • 11/17 - Nashville, TN @ The End ^
  • 11/18 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade ^
  • 11/20 - Durham, NC @ The Pinhook ^
  • 11/21 - Washington, DC @ DC9 ^
  • 11/22 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA ^
  • 11/23 - Somerville, MA @ ONCE Somerville ^

^ w/ PWR BTTM & Lisa Prank

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Field Mouse // "The Order of Things" Song Premiere

The Le Sigh, a website highlighting female-identifying and non-binary artists, premiered the latest Field Mouse song, "The Order of Things," today! They compared it to "the sonic equivalent of a cozy sweater, or a warm mug of tea on a cool morning." Don't let that warm description fool you though, its also the perfect track for your hot, sweaty summer playlist. Its comfy, vibey, and light-hearted, yet emotional. Pre-orders for the new album, Episodic, are available now in digital, vinyl, and cassette formats!

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No Joy // Drool Sucker out today!

Today is the day! Drool Sucker by No Joy is out and these songs were described by Consequence of Sound as, "some of their best in years, all sublimely focused and fantastically executed." We love it and know you will too.

Vinyl will be shipping out in a couple weeks, but you can buy/stream other versions now through the following outlets:

Itunes // Amazon // Google Play // Spotify // Bandcamp // Soundcloud // Topshelf

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Eerie Summer // "the way i don't understand anything anymore" Added to Our 2016 Cassette Series

Instantly hooked. That's the most concise way I can describe the immediacy in which Eerie Summer's the way i don't understand anything anymore struck me on first listen — heck, within 10 seconds of pressing play, ~if I'm being honest here~.

With a nod to the Sarah Records catalog, combined in equal parts with Camera Obscura, Yumi Zouma, Best Coast and mix in, say, a slightly more mid-tempo take on what more contemporary peers like Westkust are doing, and you'll start to have an idea of what the Helsinki, Finland duo are up to. What's truly hard to get a grasp of, though, is how every song they've crafted maintains a consistently catchy, warm and intimate pop sensibility from start to finish. Add to all of this the endorsements of a veritable holy trinity of esteemed music blogs and a clearer picture of a band (project?) perfectly comfortable with and in control of what they're doing emerges.

We're very happy to be releasing this album as the July release in our 2016 monthly cassette series. You can order a copy individually or as part of the entire series — thanks for listening!

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Artie Tea // New Album, "Out of a Seaweed Dream"

Just over five years ago, we released An Evening With... — a raucous, high energy pop-filled gem of a 7″ EP for Boston’s The Clippers. Just like their songs, the band ended almost as abruptly as they started, leaving us and many others wanting more of singer Josh Croteau’s smooth vocal delivery and quirky guitar hooks.

Come the winter of 2015, Croteau began writing and recording a new selection of his pop-centric, and guitar driven samples. Pulling inspiration from late seaside nights and the hum-drum of days spent around the house, he emerged with eight sample tracks.

With encouraging words from friends, he decided to fully flesh out the songs with the help of Derek Desharnais (Sneeze, L’Antietam) in a shared practice space.

With Croteau on guitar/vocals and Desharnais on drums and bass, the two recorded their debut Out of a Seaweed Dream in early 2016, with the help of their friend Dan Coulson.

Out of a Seaweed Dream is the exciting result of two long-time friends collaborating to create manic hooks, chord-filled bridges and refreshing vocal melodies in the vein of The Cars, Bent Shapes, Dogs on Acid, The Replacements, The Toms or even The Gin Blossoms. The album is the sixth installment of our cassette series and is now in stock and shipping! You can listen to, download or order a physical copy of the album here:

Thanks for listening!

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