Crisman // Debut self-titled album out now

It's album release day for Crisman, their full-length, self-titled debut is available now to stream and for purchase on cassette or vinyl. The Alternative calls Crisman, "[...] atmospheric and translucent, with jutting riffs that prevent it from becoming shapeless." If you haven't heard it yet, give it a spin. We've had this record on repeat for weeks and we think you'll want to do the same \ (•◡•) /

For this album, founding members Madeline Dowd and Boone Patrello teamed up with fellow Denton musician Grahm Robinson. Contrasted against the childlike playfulness of Dowd's paintings, the band's collective experience is refracted throughout the measured ten-song collection.

Recommended if you like: Florist, Lomelda, Palehound, Hand Habits, Built to Spill, Duster, Pinback, Horse Jumper of Love

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Alfred. // New EP "One Trick Pony" & video for "PRNDL/DR. CALL"

Today marks the release of the latest and greatest EP from our very own Alfred. While frustration is inherent to Alfred.'s life and creative output, they're careful not to make it the sole focus of their work. Rather than play into others’ expectations, Alfred. opts for imaginative self-storytelling and twisted streams of wordplay consciousness, set to longtime collaborator clwdwlkr's immaculately produced beats and wavescapes. On One Trick Pony, Alfred. covers a striking breadth of styles across a mere six songs, dancing between dark gospel, Dilla-inflected sampling, and hypnotic bops. You can find these tracks now digitally and on cassette.

One Trick Pony comes paired with a stunning, ecstatic music video for track 04 "PRNDL/DR. CALL". On the video, Alfred. had this to say:

"Self-expression through several mediums is a reminder that art is the tool guiding our innards to fill a space/time. Connor is a friend who pushes and challenges me to creatively hold onto my zeal with reserve and tenderness. I’m fascinated by the world they’ve built through photography by freezing a small universe in time. Truthfully, I fear holing myself into old frames of mind moving forward on my journey of radical self-expression. Connor facilitates the stillness of this world through bleak skies and through the dances of our environments — it melts around the heat of acquiesced chaos and together we relish in an air of suspense and poise. Dealing with chronic eczema makes sharing my body as a queer artist a tricky territory (one of several reasons) —— it’s as if I should know how to celebrate myself in a world that moves around me like I am an eyesore. I shy away from physical vulnerability in my work or centering it around the body. Using myself as a picture frame through small, organized movement informs me that my body works as a cloak, as a weapon, as a presence, as several things that I fail to rejoice in. This work encourages me to embrace the roundness in my face and the boldest parts of my shadows. To be captured dancing like Death in the valley, to lounge as a scarecrow of the field, to be seethe in the red echo chamber of my imagination, to softly gaze over moving water all feel so very familiar. I feel carefully placed in a sequence of memories and dreams, I’m thankful for this shared experience."

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Crisman // Share sweet serenade "Icee Blue"

"Icee Blue" is the third single from Crisman's forthcoming self-titled debut album. The song shares in the experience of love and the infectiousness of a new romance, a thematic reproduction of the song's infectious composition. Appeals to this fresh love slowly unfurl over ambling drums and sugary acoustics, accentuated with flashes of glockenspiel and keys which reimagine the spritely energy of newfound affection. We promise you'll wanna listen to this one over and over again \ (♥‿♥) /

If (like us) you just can't get enough Crisman you can pre-order their record before the April 3 release ~ available digitally, on CD, cassette, and 3 special vinyl variants including 180g black (limited to 75), blue (out of 125), and tri-stripe primary (out of 300)

Find Crisman on Spotify // Bandcamp // Instagram // Twitter // & Facebook

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standards // lead single "Special Berry" out now

Ring ring! It's standards calling with your daily dose of vitamin-c infused fruit rock ヾ(⌐■_■)ノ♪

"Special Berry", the lead single from standards' debut full-length record (due out this summer), is out now and you can watch guitarist Marcos Mena play through this sunshiney bop with an assortment of quarantine-approved friends (stuffed animals). "Special Berry" represents the idea of something simple yet covertly complex, like a small blueberry with tart yet sweet flavor.

Get to know standards! Find them on Instagram // Twitter // Spotify // Bandcamp // Facebook

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Cancelled Tours // 100% of Bandcamp Sales Going to Artists

Are you disappointed to see all the shows you were looking forward to in the next couple of months cancelled? We are too! (so are our artists) - in light of 250+ cancellations disrupting so much in our roster's lives we've routed 100% of Bandcamp sales directly to the artist through this weekend.

If you were planning on seeing any of the following bands in the next few weeks, please consider buying their album instead. If you've got expendable income right now, a little goes a long way (◠‿◠✿)

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Ratboys // "Staff Selections" playlist guest curated by Ratboys

Ratboys made a BIG splash with the release of their third LP Printer's Devil on February 28, and we couldn't be more proud of them. We've given them the mic this week to take over our "Staff Selections" playlist with an assortment of their favorite tunes:

"This playlist is made up of songs that we have loved for a long time and that influenced the ways we went about writing and recording our new album, Printer's Devil. Each one of these songs is just teeming with great ideas - they're all visceral and urgent and weird in their own ways, and they make us want to play more music! These songs inspire us to create. & that's the best vibe you can ask for. "

Give the playlist a whirl, and if you haven't yet, check out Printer's Devil as well <3

Unfortunately Ratboys have had to cancel their upcoming shows for the remainder of March and April, but you can still buy merch and music from them over on their website (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

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addy // "Eclipse", the anticipated debut LP, out today

Today is the day! The debut LP "Eclipse" from addy is now out in its entirety, and we're so excited for you to hear it. This record is like a hot cup of perfectly brewed coffee on a cold, quiet morning; take it in, sit with it, let it warm you up.

"His contemplative, moving material sounds simultaneously warm and intimate, and these organic and synthetic sounds contrast each other spectacularly, awash in Adam Watkins's sugary, quavering vocals."
-Gold Flake Paint

"Watkins’ style is a folky acoustic sort of thing, but he surrounds his voice with gooey synths, giving himself a homespun orchestral sort of grandeur. His music is pretty and chilled-out, but it’s not really lo-fi. It’s got more confidence than that."

If you haven't done so yet you can order a copy of any of our 3 special vinyl variants, or grab a cassette or CD to take with you anywhere \ (•◡•) /

'Eclipse' on red in cloudy clear vinyl (limited to 150 copies)

& catch addy on a few tour dates this spring:

  • March 7, 2020 - Richmond, VA
  • March 15, 2020 - Nashville, TN
  • March 17-21, 2020 - Austin, TX (SXSW)
  • March 23, 2020 - Baton Rouge, LA
  • March 24, 2020 - New Orleans, LA

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Ratboys // "Printer's Devil" LP released today

Today we are thrilled to officially release the third full-length album from Ratboys, Printer's Devil. So far they've shared three brilliant singles from the record, "Alien With a Sleep Mask On", "I Go Out at Night", and "Anj", and today you finally get to hear Printer's Devil in its full glory.

Once you give it a full spin, or six, order Printer's Devil and any accompanying merch that strikes your fancy ~ We hope you enjoy this one as much as we do (▰˘◡˘▰)

Printer's Devil in Sandstorm (limited to 600)

Ratboys are hitting the road beginning February 28 to celebrate the release of Printer's Devil, and you can catch them just about anywhere in the US this Spring with Ellis, Another Michael, and even Wilco. Full dates are as follows:

  • February 28, 2020 - Chicago, IL, US @ Lincoln Hall - get tickets
  • March 14, 2020 - Urbana, IL, US @ Rose Bowl Tavern - get tickets
  • March 15, 2020 - Kansas City, MO, US @ The Riot Room - get tickets
  • March 24, 2020 - Manitou Springs, CO, US @ Lulu's Downstairs - get tickets *
  • March 26, 2020 - Salt Lake City, UT, US @ Kilby Court - get tickets *
  • March 29, 2020 - Seattle, WA, US @ Barboza - get tickets *
  • March 30, 2020 - Portland, OR, US @ Mississippi Studios - get tickets *
  • April 02, 2020 - San Francisco, CA, US @ Bottom of the Hill - get tickets *
  • April 03, 2020 - Santa Ana, CA, US @ CONSTELLATION ROOM - get tickets *
  • April 04, 2020 - Los Angeles, CA, US @ The Echo - get tickets *
  • April 05, 2020 - La Jolla, CA, US @ Che Cafe, UC San Diego - get tickets *
  • April 07, 2020 - Phoenix, AZ, US @ The Rebel Lounge - get tickets *
  • April 09, 2020 - Denver, CO, US @ Larimer Lounge - get tickets *
  • April 15, 2020 - Jackson, MS @ Thalia Mara Hall - get tickets +
  • April 16, 2020 - Mobile, AL @ Saenger Theatre - get tickets +
  • April 18, 2020 - St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre - get tickets +
  • April 29, 2020 - Pontiac, MI, US @ Pike Room at the Crofoot - get tickets ^
  • April 30, 2020 - Lakewood, OH, US @ Mahall's 20 Lanes - get tickets ^
  • May 01, 2020 - Pittsburgh, PA, US @ Club Café - get tickets ^
  • May 02, 2020 - Toronto, ON, Canada @ Monarch Tavern - get tickets ^
  • May 05, 2020 - Allston, MA, US @ Great Scott - get tickets ^
  • May 07, 2020 - Brooklyn, NY, US @ Rough Trade NYC - get tickets ^
  • May 08, 2020 - Philadelphia, PA, US @ Johnny Brenda's - get tickets ^
  • May 09, 2020 - Washington, DC, US @ Songbyrd Music House - get tickets ^
  • May 10, 2020 - Richmond, VA, US @ The Camel - get tickets ^
  • May 12, 2020 - Atlanta, GA, US @ The Masquerade - get tickets ^
  • May 13, 2020 - Nashville, TN, US @ Mercy Lounge / the High Watt - get tickets ^
  • May 14, 2020 - Columbus, OH, US @ Rumba Café - get tickets ^
  • May 15, 2020 - Louisville, KY, US @ Zanzabar - get tickets ^
  • May 16, 2020 - St Louis, MO, US @ Duck Room, Blueberry Hill - get tickets ^

    * with Ellis + with Wilco ^ with Another Michael

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    addy // "Eclipse", the title track from anticipated, forthcoming LP out now

    addy is back with one more single preceding the March 6 release of their debut album "Eclipse". The title track "Eclipse" is out now, with accompanying animated video by Marin Leong.

    Can't get enough of addy? Check out our "staff selections" playlist, featuring guest curation by lead singer Adam Watkins <3

    With "Eclipse" right around the corner, this is a good time to get pre-orders in for cassettes, CDs, and/or 3 different styles of vinyl:

    Listen to "Eclipse" on Spotify
    Pre-order the album on vinyl, cassette, or digitally
    Learn more about addy

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    Alfred. // Southeast Tour Announcement with ~*friends*~

    Self-proclaimed "calloused and cuddly word wizard" Alfred. is hitting the road in March with friends Shormey and Clwdwlkr for shows in and around SXSW, hitting almost every corner of the southeast ᕙ(⇀‸↼‶)ᕗ

    Catch them in your town!

    • March 5th - Chapel Hill, NC @ Shirley Temple
    • March 6th - St. Petersburg, FL @ The Flytrap
    • March 7th - Orlando, FL @ Couples Coop
    • March 8th - St. Augustine, FL @ Sarbez
    • March 9th - Miami, FL @ Fuzzybaby
    • March 11th - Athens, GA @ The Pitbull Manor
    • March 12th - Atlanta, GA @ Murmur
    • March 13th - New Orleans, LA @ Banks Bar
    • March 14th - Houston, TX @ Satellite Bar
    • March 15th - March 22nd - Austin TX @ SXSW
    • March 17th - Laredo, TX @ Cultura Beer Garden
    • March 25th - Charleston, SC @ House Show
    • March 26th - Raleigh, NC @ Transfer Co. Ballroom
    • March 27th - Asheville, NC @ Margaritaville
    • March 28th - Harrisonburg, VA @ Easy Greasy

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