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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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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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# w/ The Velvet Teen

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Solids // UK tour with PUP

Having recently returned from a UK run with Metz, Solids won't be getting a break from touring any time soon. In addition to a bunch of US and Canada dates (some with Diet Cig and Stove), they are heading back to the UK with PUP and Shit Present at the end of August! The band's new EP, Else, is out now! Dates, cities and venues listed below:

  • August 29, 2016 - Norwich, UK @ The Owl Sanctuary - get tickets
  • August 30, 2016 - Birmingham, UK @ Rainbow Venues - get tickets
  • September 01, 2016 - Bristol, UK @ Exchange - get tickets
  • September 02, 2016 - Southampton, UK @ The Joiners - get tickets
  • September 04, 2016 - Manchester, UK @ Unknown venue - get tickets
  • September 05, 2016 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club - get tickets
  • September 06, 2016 - Glasgow, UK @ King Tut's Wah Wah Hut - get tickets
  • September 07, 2016 - Nottingham, UK @ The Bodega Social Club - get tickets
  • September 10, 2016 - Kingston Upon Thames, UK @ The Fighting Cocks - get tickets
  • September 23, 2016 - Vankleek Hill, ON, Canada @ Unknown venue - get tickets
  • September 24, 2016 - Montreal, QC, Canada @ La Vitrola - get tickets

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Slingshot Dakota // East Coast Tour with Dikembe

Having recently released their new full-length album, Break, Slingshot Dakota is about to head out on an East Coast tour with our friends in Dikembe!

Check out the dates, cities, and venues below!

  • July 18, 2016 - Washington, DC, US @ Comet Ping Pong - get tickets
  • July 19, 2016 - Brooklyn, NY, US @ Aviv - get tickets
  • July 20, 2016 - Amityville, NY, US @ Amityville Music Hall - get tickets
  • July 21, 2016 - Philadelphia, PA, US @ PhilaMOCA - get tickets
  • July 22, 2016 - Pittsburgh, PA, US @ The Mr. Roboto Project - get tickets
  • July 23, 2016 - Lakewood, OH, US @ Mahall's - get tickets
  • July 24, 2016 - Chicago, IL, US @ Downstairs (at SubT) - get tickets
  • July 26, 2016 - Nashville, TN, US @ Nostromo - get tickets
  • July 27, 2016 - Tallahassee, FL, US @ The Shark Tank - get tickets
  • July 28, 2016 - Gainesville, FL, US @ Loosey's - get tickets
  • July 29, 2016 - Orlando, FL, US @ Will's Pub - get tickets

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