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:

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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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Crisman // second single "Cya" premiere & tour dates with Bellows announced

Crisman is back this week with a new single, "Cya", from their upcoming self-titled record due out April 3rd.

Crisman has also announced tour dates, including a NE run with roster pals Bellows this Spring:

  • March 21, 2020 - Denton, TX, US @ Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios*
  • April 09, 2020 - Ridgewood, NY, US @ Trans-Pecos
  • April 10, 2020 - Albany, NY, US @ The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio
  • April 11, 2020 - Cambridge, MA, US @ Lilypad Inman
  • April 12, 2020 - Philadelphia, PA, US @ House of Yarga

    *not with Bellows

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wanna go home wanna go home see you later see you later bye then ~(˘▾˘~)

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Boyscott // *Big US Tour Announcement*

Boyscott has been doling out tour dates for the last few months, culminating now in a big, exciting *airhorns* FULL US Tour Announcement !

You can catch them this Spring with the likes of Vundabar, Dehd, the Ophelias, Bread Pilot, Housewarming, and, as they so aptly put it, great local bands :)

  • March 17, 2020 - Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
  • March 18, 2020 - Buffalo, NY, US @ Mohawk Place *
  • March 19, 2020 - Toronto, ON, Canada @ The Garrison *
  • March 20, 2020 - Cleveland Heights, OH, US @ Grog Shop *
  • March 21, 2020 - Chicago, IL, US @ Lincoln Hall *
  • March 22, 2020 - Minneapolis, MN, US @ 7th St Entry *
  • March 23, 2020 - Rapid City, SD @ The Cave collective
  • March 25, 2020 - Spokane, WA @ Baby Bar
  • March 26, 2020 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile (Back Bar) ~
  • March 28, 2020 - Olympia, WA @ Le Voyeur ~
  • March 29, 2020 - Portland, OR @ Kelly's Olympian ~
  • March 31, 2020 - Oakland, CA @ 1234 Go Records
  • April 01, 2020 - Isla Vista, CA @ Merton Co-op
  • April 02, 2020 - Los Angeles (LA), CA, US @ The Echo &
  • April 03, 2020 - La Jolla, CA @ Che Cafe &
  • April 06, 2020 - El Paso, TX @ Love Buzz
  • April 07, 2020 - Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlies +
  • April 08, 2020 - Houston, TX @ Satellite Bar +
  • April 09, 2020 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
  • April 11, 2020 - Orlando, FL, US @ Soundbar %
  • April 12, 2020 - Atlanta, GA, US @ The Masquerade - Purgatory %
  • April 13, 2020 - Nashville, TN, US @ High Watt %
  • April 14, 2020 - Asheville, NC, US @ The Mothlight %
  • April 15, 2020 - Durham, NC, US @ Motorco Music Hall %
  • April 16, 2020 - Washington, DC, US @ U Street Music Hall %
  • April 17, 2020 - Philadelphia, PA, US @ First Unitarian Church %
  • April 24, 2020 - Boston, MA, US @ Paradise Rock Club %
  • April 26, 2020 - Albany, NY @ The Byrdhouse
  • April 29, 2020 - Brooklyn, NY, US @ Rough Trade NYC %
  • April 30, 2020 - New York (NYC), NY, US @ The Bowery Ballroom %

* Supporting Vundabar & The Ophelias
~ w/ Bread Pilot
+ w/ Housewarming
& w/ Harvey Trisdale
% Supporting Vundabar & Dehd

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Ratboys // New single "Anj" and support shows announced with Wilco

It's been a big year for Ratboys already, and this week they can comfortably pat their rat backs for releasing another stellar single, "Anj", from their upcoming LP Printer's Devil (out February 28), and for announcing shows with fellow Chicago legends, Wilco!

You can catch Ratboys on the road pretty much nonstop for the next three months, but you can catch them specifically with Wilco:

  • 4/15 in Jackson, MS
  • 4/16 in Mobile, AL
  • 4/18 in St. Augustine, FL

Their headlining dates can be found on the nifty tour poster below ~

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addy // new single "Easier" +plus+ curated artist playlist

Today we're happy to share the second single from addy's forthcoming record Eclipse, due out 3/6. "Easier" arrives alongside a curated playlist from the artist featuring a handful of exemplary and inspirational songs from the process of completing their debut LP. From Adam Watkins of addy:

"I put together this playlist of songs and artists that were constantly circling around this album. A lot of these bands I’ve had a long history with which makes it hard to pin point the aspect of a song that directly impacted my own. Still there are some obvious stand out features for me. The southern acoustic twang of Jason Molina and Big Thief, Yo La Tengo’s layered drum machines, Beach House’s keyboard sounds, Shauf’s orchestration and lyrical prowess, the homeyness of Hovvdy and Lomelda. The song Held is the kind of soft and honest head banger I crave to make. Tim (who plays bass and keys on the record) and I would spend these late nights where we put on that album and play ping pong in their basement that we later recorded a lot of the album in. Somewhere along the way it definitely got wrapped into the DNA of this project. I could easily say the same for the others here as well and feel they shaped and informed where I was at the time."

Check out the playlist, featuring "Easier", and keep an eye out for updates from upcoming featured Topshelf artists as they take turns taking it over ~ while you're at it give addy a follow on socials!

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standards // Signing and album announce

We're extremely excited to share that the band standards have signed with Topshelf Records and will release their debut full-length, Fruit Island, this summer.

standards is a two-piece math rock band fronted by guitarist Marcos Mena and featuring drummer Brody Taylor Smith. Their self-described "fruity" melodies and technical musicianship have earned them somewhat of a cult following over the years, owed in part to Mena's proclivity for guitar-based video content. But the band's ebullient songwriting is the true source of their popularity among guitar-music fans, who laud standards for their uniquely danceable brand of complex instrumental rock. Since the group's inception in late 2017, standards have released two beloved EPs, played with the likes of Polyphia, Covet, and Delta Sleep, and toured in support of emo group Tiny Moving Parts.

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art by Liam Hopkins

standards will also be on tour soon, first with the band Floral through the rest of February, and then with Shin Guard in late March/early April:

dates with Floral:

  • February 15 - El Paso, TX @ Love Buzz
  • February 17 - McAllen, TX @ Yerbia Cultura
  • February 18 - San Antonio, TX @ Limelight
  • February 19 - Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie's
  • February 20 - Houston, TX @ Secret Group
  • February 21 - Dallas, TX @ Rubber Gloves
  • February 22 - Amarillo, TX @ Pondaseta Brewery
  • February 23 - Denver, CO @ 7th Circle
  • February 25 - Phoenix, AZ @ Sun Room
  • February 26 - Las Vegas, NV @ Cheba Hut
  • February 28 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell
  • March 6 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill

dates with Shin Guard:

  • March 23 - Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
  • March 24 - Minneapolis, MO @ The Garage
  • March 26 - Chicago, IL @ Wire
  • March 27 - Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary
  • March 28 - Toronto, ON @ Baby G's
  • March 29 - Cleveland, OH @ Mallhalls Downstairs
  • March 30 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Mr. Roboto Project
  • March 31 - Philadelphia, PA @ Creep Records
  • April 1 - New York City, NY @ The Kingsland
  • April 2 - Glassboro, NJ @ 4333 Collective
  • April 3 - Baltimore, MD @ The Undercroft
  • April 5 - Charlotte, NC @ Milestone
  • April 6 - Atlanta, GA @ The Bakery

art by Mostyn Griffith

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addy // Debut album 'Eclipse' announced with the uplifting lead "Planted"

Yesterday we shared the news of yet another addition to the Topshelf roster in Richmond VA's addy. Led by Adam Watkins, addy dabbles in contemplative bedroom musings of friendship, heartbreak, and growth, brought to life through songs that are equally familiar and refreshing.

addy's first action as a newly minted Topshelf artist is the unveiling of the uplifting lead single, "Planted," taken from their debut full length, Eclipse, to be released on March 6, 2020.

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art by Kevin Zweerink

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Crisman // Welcoming Crisman to the Topshelf family

The Denton-based slowcore group Crisman has joined the Topshelf Records family! Their self-titled studio debut will be out on April 3, 2020, available on vinyl, cassette, and digital platforms.

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We're not sharing new music from Crisman quite just yet (stay tuned for that)! But in the meantime we encourage you to check out their previous work on Spotify and Bandcamp (where all previous work is currently available for free download).

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