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May Recap // New Releases and a Healthy Handful of Summer Tours

We recently announced two incredibly unique records, both of which will be out in the first week of June. Learn a little more about the records below and make sure to pre-save and pre-order if you like what you hear!

As well, a healthy handful of Topshelf artists will be on tour this summer. From Ratboys to the legendary toe, there will be loads of shows you won't want to sleep on! Check out dates and other info below.

Alfred. photo by Ethan Hickerson / LITE photo by Riki Yamada

Recently announced albums

Alfred. - LIKE YOU!!

release: June 7, 2019

LIKE YOU!! is the deeply multifaceted debut album by Richmond, VA's Alfred. Its warbly bell tones, expertly chopped melodic samples, and slow-mo hip-hop grooves form the instrumental base for the "darkgospel" singer/rapper Aaron Brown. Jazzy yet supple Dilla-reminiscent cuts contrast starkly with songs that boast Alfred.'s signature darkgospel stylings, the juxtaposition of which makes for a compelling, spectrum-crossing album.

listen to the whole album ahead of its official release

watch the double video for "Tales of a Queer Rapscallion" and "Like You! (Yes, You)"

learn more about Alfred.

pre-order LIKE YOU!!

LITE - Multiple

release: June 5, 2019

Multiple is the sixth full length record by the prolific maximalists known as LITE. Over the past 16 years, the Japanese quartet has established itself as one of the most influential groups across a host of subgenres. Though usually referred to by touchstones such as "math-rock" or "post-rock," LITE has developed an uncanny ability to fuse their influences into their own unmistakable dialect that defies generic genre classification.

listen to the latest single, "Double"

listen to the lead single, "Temple"

learn more about LITE

pre-order Multiple

Tours

Don't you love when tons of great gigs underscore the vibrance of summer? Check out our tour playlist to get a sampling of the Topshelf artists and their tourmates who are currently on the road, and read on for the full scoop on all the tours going down.

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toe just announced two US shows in August

toe tour info

No Vacation began their full US tour this week, and will fly out to Europe for an extended tour in July

No Vacation tour info

Bellows will be on tour with Gabby's World in July, with a slew of west coast dates

Bellows tour info

Alfred. will be doing a short run of shows in July

Alfred. tour info

Queen of Jeans will hit the road with The Menzingers and The Sidekicks in July

Queen of Jeans tour info

Ratboys will begin the second leg of their tour with PUP in June

Ratboys tour info

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No Vacation // "Yam Yam" Official Music Video and US Tour with Okey Dokey

No Vacation is ecstatic to share the long-awaited official music video for their song "Yam Yam," directed by BOREDOM. The video is constructed of UHD Digital, Super 8mm Film, and features over 1,000 frames of HandPainted Watercolor Animation. Through a minimally rich color palette, BOREDOM explored the yin and yang of the modern life emotional experience, the happy and the sad.

The group will also be touring extensively this summer, kicking off the season with a full US tour. The group Okey Dokey will be touring along in support. Make sure to stay tuned for more special news from No Vacation in the coming months!

  • May 22, 2019 - Burlington, VT, US @ ArtsRiot
  • May 23, 2019 - Allston, MA, US @ Great Scott
  • May 24, 2019 - Washington, DC, US @ Union Stage
  • May 25, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA, US @ PhilaMOCA
  • May 26, 2019 - New York, NY, US @ The Bowery Ballroom
  • May 28, 2019 - Raleigh, NC, US @ Kings
  • May 29, 2019 - Atlanta, GA, US @ Purgatory at The Masquerade
  • May 30, 2019 - Orlando, FL, US @ Soundbar
  • May 31, 2019 - Margate, FL, US @ O'Malley's Sports Bar
  • June 01, 2019 - Tampa, FL, US @ Crowbar
  • June 03, 2019 - New Orleans, LA, US @ Gasa Gasa
  • June 04, 2019 - Houston, TX, US @ Satellite Bar
  • June 05, 2019 - San Antonio, TX, US @ Paper Tiger
  • June 06, 2019 - Austin, TX, US @ Barracuda
  • June 07, 2019 - Dallas, TX, US @ Three Links
  • June 08, 2019 - Oklahoma City, OK, US @ 89th Street (formerly the Conservatory)
  • June 09, 2019 - Santa Fe, NM, US @ Meow Wolf
  • June 11, 2019 - El Paso, TX, US @ Lowbrow Palace
  • June 13, 2019 - Phoenix, AZ, US @ The Rebel Lounge
  • June 14, 2019 - San Diego, CA, US @ Irenic
  • June 15, 2019 - Santa Ana, CA, US @ Constellation Room at the Observatory
  • June 16, 2019 - San Francisco, CA, US @ Great American Music Hall
  • June 19, 2019 - Portland, OR, US @ Paris Theatre
  • June 20, 2019 - Seattle, WA, US @ The Crocodile
  • June 21, 2019 - Spokane, WA, US @ The Bartlett
  • June 22, 2019 - Boise, ID, US @ The Shredder
  • June 25, 2019 - Salt Lake City, UT, US @ Kilby Court
  • June 26, 2019 - Denver, CO, US @ Larimer Lounge
  • June 27, 2019 - Omaha, NE, US @ Slowdown
  • June 28, 2019 - Minneapolis, MN, US @ 7th Street Entry
  • June 29, 2019 - Chicago, IL, US @ Subterranean

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In Film: Topshelf at SXSW 2018

Last March, we had Queen of Jeans, Ratboys, No Vacation, Special Explosion, Gulfer, and Poppies all down in Austin for two awesome parties we hosted. We gave everyone a disposable camera and collected got them all developed afterward. Here's what turned up:

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photos by: Danielle Leonard, Kevin Duquette & an impossible to keep track of amount of other people.

This March, we'll have an awesome lineup down in Austin for 2019's SXSW: Elephant Gym are coming all the way from Taiwan for their first ever US tour, Ratboys are jet settin' down from Chicago, Another Michael and Bellows are touring down together from the Northeast, Doe is crossing the pond from the UK again, and Really From are coming down from Boston. INSANE line up! We'll have more details soon—for now, sign up for our mailing list at the bottom of this page to make sure you don't miss anything! <3

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No Vacation // Added Post-SXSW Dates

Luckily for our friends on the East Coast, No Vacation has added even more tour dates post-SXSW with Hot Flash Heat Wave! They're heading through your east side states all the way to their base location, New York. Check out the full list of dates below to see if they'll be jammin' in your area, and head on over to a show in March ~

  • 3/5 - Sacramento, CA@ Peach House
  • 3/6 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Club (Atrium)
  • 3/7 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
  • 3/8 - Anaheim, CA @ The Parish - House of Blues
  • 3/9 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Hi Hat
  • 3/10 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues (Voodoo Room)
  • 3/20 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
  • 3/21 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s
  • 3/22 - Washington, DC @ Union Stage
  • 3/23 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo
  • 3/24 - Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits
  • 3/25 - New York, NY @ Baby’s All Right

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No Vacation // California Dates

Though they now spend most of their time on the East Coast, No Vacation will be returning to their home state of California to play some co-headlining dates with Hot Flash Heat Wave before heading to Austin for SXSW. If you'll be at the festival this year, stay on the lookout for more info in the coming months about all the events they will be playing while down there!

  • 3/6 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Club (Atrium)
  • 3/7 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
  • 3/9 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Hi Hat
  • 3/10 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues (Voodoo Room)

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End of Year Sale!

What a year it's been for us all! With releases from Heat, mouse on the keys, Slingshot Dakota, Del Paxton, tricot, Ratboys, Us and Us Only, Colossal, People Like You, Queen Moo, Prawn, Wild Ones, Gingerlys, No Vacation, and one surprise record coming out this Friday, we couldn't be more proud to be a label that represents such talented artists. Through the remainder of the year, all 2017 releases will be 17% off on both US and UK stores.

US holiday shipping deadlines (to arrive by Dec 24) –

  • USPS media mail: December 14
  • USPS 1st Class: December 19
  • USPS Priority: December 20

Want a general recap of what we've put out this year + cassette series + some sneaky hints? Check out these Bandcamp / Apple Music / Spotify playlists we made.

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No Vacation // Stream INTERMISSION Now!

With the release date for No Vacation's EP Intermission approaching this Friday, Hype Machine just premiered it in full on their site! We are so excited to share this magical EP with y'all – each track tells a story of it's own, backed up by otherworldly instrumentals and soundscapes.

If you live in the New York City area, don't miss out on the release show for Intermission which will take place on 12/9 at Trans-Pecos ft. Triathalon and Sophie Meiers.

Pre-orders for the EP are available here.

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No Vacation // Intermission

Ever since their reunion, No Vacation has stunned us once again with their nostalgic bedroom-pop vibes and wavy sounds that can be heard in "Mind Fields" and "Yam Yam". These two singles encompass the band's niche for dreamy hooks and clever lines – and their long awaited EP has more to bring. On November 17th, we will be releasing Intermission digitally, on cassette, and vinyl (one-sided 12" - out 12/15). Pre-orders for the EP, bundles, and other merch are up now! If you pre-order any format of the EP, you'll receive instant downloads of both singles.

The band will be playing a couple of release shows in the Northeast this December –

  • 12/8 - Hartford, CT @ Trinity College
  • 12/9 - Brooklyn, NY @ Trans Pecos (EP Release)

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No Vacation // West Coast Tour Dates

In a couple months, No Vacation will be doing a run of tour dates with The Bilinda Butchers! This will be the band's first time touring the West Coast, so be sure to catch them on any of the following dates:

  • 5/27 - Davis, CA @ Sudwerks Berwery *
  • 5/31 - Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern *
  • 6/3 - Fresno, CA @ Strummers
  • 6/5 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
  • 6/7 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
  • 6/8 - Santa Barbara, CA @ USSB-KCSB The Courtyard
  • 6/9 - San Francisco, CA @ The Rickshaw Stop

*No Vacation only

Tickets and more info available here.

No Vacation is one of the most recent addition to our roster, and we are so excited to get to share their music with y'all! In case you missed it, they put out a new single at the beginning of the month called "Mind Fields", which perfectly accompanies the warm spring weather. You can stream it on Spotify now.

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