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Prawn // New album details and summer tours

We're excited to announce that our longtime buds in Prawn will be releasing their forthcoming LP, Kingfisher on August 12, 2014! Kingfisher was produced by Gregory Dunn (Moving Mountains), mastered by Mike Kalajian at Telegraph Recording and features artwork from Charlie Wagers.

The band will play dates with Into It., Over It. this summer, followed by a tour with The HotelierFoxing and Little Big League. Dates and info for those below:

  • 7/10/2014 - Bethlehem, PA @ Blast Furnace w/ Into It. Over It.
  • 7/11/2014 - Brooklyn, NY @ TBA
  • 7/12/2014 - Pawtucket, RI @ The Met w/ Into It. over It.
  • 7/13/2014 - Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar w/ Into It. Over It.
  • 7/14/2014 - Ann Arbor, MI @ The Blind Pig w/ Into it. Over It.
  • 7/15/2014 - Chicago, IL @ Township
  • 7/16/2014 - Moline, IL @ Blackhawk Room
  • 7/17/2014 - Omaha , NE @ The Slowdown
  • 7/18/2014 - Kansas City, MO @ Art Closet Studio
  • 7/19/2014 - Denton, TX @ Macaroni Island w/ Two Knights
  • 7/20/2014 - Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain w/ Two Knights, Pompeii
  • 7/21/2014 - Houston, TX @ TBA
  • 7/23/2014 - Memphis, TN @ TBA w/ Free Throw
  • 7/24-2014 - Nashville, TN @ House Show w/ Free Throw
  • 7/25/2014 - Louisville/Lexington, KY @ TBA w/ Free Throw
  • 7/26 -2014 - Columbus, OH @ House Show
  • 7/27/2014 - Kalamazoo, MI @ Louie's Trophy House Grill w/ The Reptilian, Foxing
  • 7/28/2014 - Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee's w/ Foxing
  • 7/29/2014 - Ottawa, ON @ Club SAW w/ Foxing and The Hotelier
  • 7/30/2014 - Montreal, QC @ Il Motore w/ Foxing and The Hotelier
  • 7/31/2014 - New Britian, CT @ Pulaski Club w/ Foxing and The Hotelier
  • 8/1/2014 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs w/Foxing and The Hotelier
  • 8/2/2014 - New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall w/ Foxing and The Hotelier
  • 8/3/2014 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire w/ Foxing and The Hotelier
  • 8/4/2014 - Washington, DC @ DC9 w/ Foxing and The Hotelier
  • 8/5/2014 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Foxing and The Hotelier

View the Kingfisher track listing and get notified when pre-orders go on sale.

Kingfisher album art by Charlie Wagers
Prawn poster art by Danny Rutledge

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Braid // Summer tour dates with Into It. Over It., Pity Sex and Signals Midwest

This summer Braid will be out playing a few dates with Into It. Over It., Pity Sex and Signals Midwest! Dates are below:

  • July 08, 2014 - Lansing, MI @Common Ground Music Festival
  • July 09, 2014 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar *
  • July 10, 2014 - Cincinnati, OH @ South Gate House Revival ^#
  • July 11, 2014 - St. Louis, MO @ Fubar ^#
  • July 12, 2014 - Champaign, IL @ Mariposa Music Festival

* w/ Into It. Over It.
^ w/ Pity Sex
# w/ Signals Midwest

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The Jazz June // New album this year

We hinted at this earlier, but today we're making it official: influential Philly indie/emo outfit The Jazz June will be recording a new full length LP at Gradwell House in New Jersey with Into It. Over It.'s Evan Weiss producing. The record will be released later this year through us.

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Photo Credit: Mike O'Shea

The Jazz June will also be playing an intimate show in Philadelphia on April 12 with special guests Into It. Over It. (solo) and HeartwellWashed Up Emo will host the festivities. Tickets for the show can be purchased from Boot & Saddle and Ticketfly.

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The band is also releasing a split 7" with Dikembe in May via Tiny Engines and ourselves. Pre-orders for the 7" will launch in April. The band's contribution to the split marks their first official recorded material since their last full-length, 2002's Better Off Without Air.

In a recent Noisey feature titled "The Possibilities Are Endless:An Oral History of The Jazz June", writer Paul Blest sites the band as one of the, "benchmarks of emo", along with their contemporaries such as Cap'n Jazz and Braid.

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Into It. Over It. / The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die / A Great Big Pile of Leaves // US tour

The always busy Into It. Over It. (full band) are heading out on a US tour and taking out The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die and A Great Big Pile of Leaves with them! You're not going to want to miss these shows:

  • 1/23/2014 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
  • 1/24/2014 - Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
  • 1/25/2014 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater 
  • 1/26/2014 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Shred Shed
  • 1/28/2014 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project 
  • 1/29/2014 - Portland, OR @ Branx
  • 1/30/2014 - San Francisco @ Bottom Of The Hill
  • 1/31/2014 - Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theatre Upper Deck
  • 2/1/2014 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
  • 2/3/2014 - San Diego @ Che Cafe
  • 2/4/2014 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock 
  • 2/6/2014 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
  • 2/7/2014 - Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall
  • 2/8/2014 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s 
  • 2/9/2014 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
  • 2/11/2014 - Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn 
  • 2/12/2014 - Gainesville, FL @ High Dive 
  • 2/13/2014 - Pembroke Pines, FL @ The Talent Farm
  • 2/14/2014 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth 
  • 2/15/2014 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 
  • 2/16/2014 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
  • 2/18/2014 - Washington, DC @ DC9
  • 2/19/2014 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes 
  • 2/20/2014 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair 
  • 2/21/2014 - New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom
  • 2/22/2014 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer 
  • 2/23/2014 - New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
  • 2/25/2014 - Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room
  • 2/26/2014 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
  • 2/27/2014 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement 
  • 2/28/2014 - Detroit, MI @ Pike Room @ The Crofoot 
  • 3/1/2014 - Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge

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You Blew It! to start recording Sophomore LP this weekend, US tour immediately after

This is a straight up Topshelf inside-job, you guys. Our favorite Floridian emo indie rockers You Blew It! begin pre-production today on their second full length which we'll be releasing in early 2014.

The band is currently in Chicago and will be working on the album over the next two weeks. The LP is being produced by Into It. Over It.’s Evan Weiss and will be engineered by Matt Jordan (Stay Ahead of the Weather, Cut Teeth) at Atlas Studios.

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Photo by Mitch Wojcik.

Immediately following the recording of the LP, the boys will be heading out on a full U.S. tour with Mixtapes and Lightyears, Modern Baseball and others:

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Just You Blew It!:

  • 6/27/2013 - Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
  • 6/28/2013 - Philadelphia, PA @ Barbary
  • 6/29/2013 - Brooklyn, NY @ Webster Studio
  • 6/30/2013 - Bayshore, NY @ Evenflow Bar and Grill
  • 7/1/2013 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
  • 7/2/2013 - Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room

w/ Mixtapes & Lightyears:

  • 7/3/2013 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
  • 7/4/2013 - Chicago IL @ Gnarnia (Just You Blew It w/ Pet Symmetry & Sundials)
  • 7/5/2013 - Tinley Park, IL @ Centennial
  • 7/6/2013 - Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
  • 7/7/2013 - Rock Island, IA @ BlackHawk Room
  • 7/9/2013 - Denver, CO @ TBA
  • 7/10/2013 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Shred Shed
  • 7/12/2013 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
  • 7/13/2013 - Portland, OR @ Backspace
  • 7/15/2015 - San Francisco, CA @ 1234 Go!

w/ Mixtapes, Lightyears, Last Call:

  • 7/16/2013 - Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Cafe
  • 7/17/2013 - San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe
  • 7/18/2013 - Las Vegas, NV @ Eagles Hall
  • 7/19/2013 - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater Underground
  • 7/20/2013 - Albuquerque, NM @ Gasworks
  • 7/21/2013 - Tulsa, OK @ Eclipse Cultural House

w/ Lightyears:

  • Tues / July 23rd Dallas, TX Sons of Herman Hall
  • Wed / July 24th Austin, TX Beale Street Tavern
  • Thur / July 25th San Antonio, TX The Ten Eleven
  • Fri / July 26th Decatur, AL Excalibur Vintage Vinyl
  • Sat / July 27th Atlanta, GA WonderRoot

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Whenever, If Ever; Life Is Suffering

Today was an exciting one here at our office as it saw the unveiling of two very special, near and dear records and our first foray into putting out a book (even if it has 200 pages and probably less than 200 words, haha). The humbling feeling of validation when you see something you believe in getting such widespread praise and support is something I hope everyone gets to experience at some point or another, even if in just some simple small way. The response to these records going on sale today — the culmination of years of planning, writing, setbacks, collaborating, personal sacrafice, etc. — is just that. So I'm sure when I say thank you for your support I speak for Hilary, Evan, everyone here at Topshelf and everyone in The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, collectively.

So now, I am faced with the difficult decision of acknowledging that Whenever, If Ever is actively leaking a month before it's release date. You can probably Google for it right now and get it.

This is arguably the biggest release we'll have all year as a label and this spoils a lot of planning we had in place over the last few months, but these things happen. This also forces me to acknowledge the real-world truth that yes, records cost money. This oft-avoided subject in our community is a reality for everyone who tours or postpones real life to make music in nearly any capacity. It's a thing. This record is no different.

So against my better judgement, we've made Whenever, If Ever available to:

Anyone who has pre-ordered the record already — thank you, sincerely — you'll be getting downloads as soon as I can get everything set up (we weren't planning on sending them for another month after all).

So, I'm appealing to you all to please use the above URLs to share, acquire and experience this record. I understand it's 2013 and you can download and share this for free (and we're not going to stop you) but I'm not doing my job if I don't ask. Heh, I don't have a job if I don't ask.

"Let's hope that this works out; this has got to work out"

-The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, "Fightboat"

Thanks, you guys.

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Into It. Over It. / Hilary J. Corts // Life Is Suffering

If my memory serves me correctly, my first ever interaction with Evan Weiss was over a Twitter DM in 2010. Super professional. Since then, we've become really good friends (you eventually get used to the smell). So, it was with equal parts necessity, obligation and friendship when I decided to jump in the van in Fall of 2012, as Into It. Over It. — more commonly known as the tirelessly touring, outgoing, short-shorts sporting, beard-wielding acoustic guy that everyone loves to love — took to the road for the first time with a full backing band to Fest and back.

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(Photo by Hilary J. Corts)

Along for the ride with the band and myself was Hilary Corts who diligently photographed the entire tour, capturing the great, hilarious, mundane and truly special along the way. The result is a 200-page full color, hard cover book featuring her photographs and an accompanying live 7" record to commemorate the tour which will be released June 25, 2013. The takes on this 7" sound great and breathe new life into songs Into It. Over It. fans are already well familiar with.

You'll soon be able to pick that up in our store but for now, Greenvans put together some footage from the tour — which made pit stops at both CMJ and The Fest — and you can view it directly below:


(video by Zac Suskevich)

We'll have more details including pre-order date, pressing info and track listing shortly.

Thanks, y'all!

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Braid announces dates with Into It. Over It., Diamond Youth & Cut Teeth

Hey, so Cut Teeth, Diamond Youth and Into. It. Over It. will be out with Braid for a few dates this December! I'll be out in a Greenvan driving Into It. Over It. around — come out and say hey!

  • 12/14 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
  • 12/15 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
  • 12/16 – Chicago, IL @ Metro

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Into It. Over It. added to the Vans Warped Tour

Being as we've never had a band in any capacity ever play the tour, it's exciting to announce that Into It. Over It. has been invited to be part of the Acoustic Basement Stage at this year’s Vans Warped Tour. Other artists sharing this stage will be Koji, Kristopher Roe (The Ataris), Brian Marquis (Therefore I Am), Anthony Raneri (Bayside), Vinnie Caruana (Movielife/I Am The Avalanche), Transit, A Loss For Words and more to be announced over the next couple months.

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Dates Into It. Over It. will be playing are below:

  • Sat Jun 16 Salt Lake City, UT
  • Sun Jun 17 Denver, CO
  • Wed Jun 20 Las Vegas, NV
  • Thu Jun 21 Irvine, CA
  • Fri Jun 22 Pomona, CA
  • Sat Jun 23 San Francisco, CA
  • Sun Jun 24 Ventura, CA
  • Wed Jun 27 San Diego, CA
  • Thu Jun 28 Phoenix, AZ
  • Fri Jun 29 Las Cruces, NM
  • Sat Jun 30 San Antonio, TX
  • Sun Jul 01 Houston, TX
  • Tue Jul 03 Dallas, TX
  • Thu Jul 05 St. Louis, MO
  • Fri Jul 06 Detroit, MI
  • Sat Jul 07 Chicago, IL

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Into It. Over It. Northeast tour dates

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A bunch of new headline dates have been added for March and April. Check out the routing and ticket links below!

March 2 Flint, MI @ Woobie’s Bar - TICKETS
March 4 Akron, OH @ It’s A Kling Thing House - TICKETS
March 5 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Bar - TICKETS
March 6 Syracuse, NY @ Badlands - TICKETS
March 7 Wilkes Barre, PA @ Redwood Arts - TICKETS #
March 8 Long Island, NY @ The Vibe Lounge - TICKETS

April 17 Ewing, NJ @ The Rathskeller at TCNJ
April 18 Hamden, CT @ The Space - TICKETS *
April 19 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft - TICKETS
April 20 Montclair, NJ @ Montclair Chill - TICKETS *
April 22 New York, NY @ The Mercury Lounge - TICKETS *&
April 24 Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space - TICKETS
April 25 Springfield, VA @ Empire - TICKETS
April 26 Columbus, OH @ Carabar - FREE SHOW
April 27 Covington, KY @ Bangarang’s - TICKETS
April 28 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose - TICKETS
April 29 Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary - TICKETS %

# w/ Jon Simmons of Balance & Composure
* = w/ The World Is A Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die
*& = w/ A Great Big Pile of Leaves, The World Is A Beautiful Place, By Surprise
% = w/ Everyone Everywhere, Young Statues, By Surprise, Heartwell

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