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Ratboys // Announce album 'Printer's Devil' and 2020 headline tour

Today we're very thrilled to announce the upcoming record, Printer's Devil, by Ratboys, out February 28, 2020. We've released a music video for the album's lead single, "Alien with a Sleep Mask On," directed by the duo coool. The video follows a team of scientists attempting to save the life of the video's protagonist, portrayed by the band's very own Julia Steiner. The song will be available on your platform of choice come Friday, November 15.


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Starting the night of the album's release, Ratboys will embark on a full US headline tour, with Ellis supporting the first leg, and Topshelf labelmates, Another Michael, on the second. Make sure to peep the dates below before tickets go on sale this Friday, November 15.

  • 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 (LA), 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 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 ^


  • photograph by Johnny Fabrizio // design by Dave Sagan

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    Field Mouse // Listen to "Black Hole, Son" from the upcoming album, Meaning

    Today we're thrilled to share Field Mouse's "Back Hole, Son" ahead of the release of their forthcoming album, Meaning. Check out the premiere at Atwood Magazine or press play on the embed below.

    "Black Hole, Son" is propelled by earwormy hooks and a vibrant pop honesty. Its strum-along verses crash into the infectious chorus with aplomb and compositional tact, together forging an entrancing, complete pop number.

    Meaning will be out on August 16, 2019. Pre-order it today or pre-save on your preferred platform.

    Field Mouse will be touring in support of Summer Cannibals in a couple weeks, so scope the dates and grab your tickets before they're gone!

    • August 15, 2019 - Boston, MA @ ONCE Ballroom
    • August 16, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
    • August 17, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
    • August 18, 2019 - Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong

    Additionally, the band will also be playing Pitt Gets Alternative, a fest brought to you by The Alternative, The Grey Estates, and Don't Let the Scene Go Down on Me! Collective. Loads of rad bands will be playing so don't sleep on this, Pittsburgh!

    • September 20, 2019 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Mr. Roboto Project

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    Queen of Jeans // Watch the new Bob Sweeney-directed video for "All the Same"

    Premiering today over at FLOOD Magazine is the new music video from Philly's Queen of Jeans. Taken from the upcoming release, If you're not afraid, I'm not afraid, "All the Same" imagines what it might feel like to be in a significant relationship that is unraveling while still tethered to one another on levels beyond romantic. Check out the premiere on FLOOD or smash the play button on the embed below.


    If you're not afraid, I'm not afraid will be out on August 23, 2019. Pre-order it today or pre-save it on your preferred platform.

    Queen of Jeans is currently on tour in support of The Menzingers. Grab yourself some tickets today!

    • August 02, 2019 - Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre
    • August 03, 2019 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
    • August 04, 2019 - Iowa City, IA @ Gabe's
    • August 06, 2019 - Newport, KY @ The Southgate House Revival
    • August 07, 2019 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
    • August 08, 2019 - Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
    • August 09, 2019 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Peabody's Night Club
    • August 10, 2019 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar

    The band will also play four album release shows in September.

    • September 5 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
    • September 6 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
    • September 7 - Brooklyn, NY @ Goldsounds
    • September 8 - Boston, MA @ ONCE Ballroom

    Later in the year, Queen of Jeans will go out on a long US tour with From Indian Lakes.

    • November 9, 2019 - Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
    • November 11, 2019 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
    • November 12, 2019 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
    • November 15, 2019 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
    • November 16, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
    • November 17, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
    • November 19, 2019 - Washington DC @ Songbyrd
    • November 20, 2019 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
    • November 21, 2019 – Nashville, TN @ High Watt
    • November 23, 2019 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
    • November 25, 2019 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
    • November 26, 2019 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
    • December 3, 2019 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
    • December 4, 2019 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
    • December 5, 2019 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
    • December 7, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
    • December 8, 2019 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
    • December 10, 2019 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
    • December 11, 2019 – Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theater

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    First Listen // Bellows - "The Tower"

    "The Tower" is the fifth and final single to be shared before the release of The Rose Gardener, the forthcoming full length record by Bellows. Stream it here a day ahead of its full release on all your favorite digital and streaming platforms, and read about the track below.

    The Rose Gardener will be released on February 22, 2019.

    "'The Tower' is partially based on an interpolation of the song 'WTF' by Gabby's World, the other band I'm in," says Oliver Kalb of the penultimate track from his forthcoming record The Rose Gardener. "Those first lines are about the experience of hearing 'WTF' and having a memory of the power of touring in a band and singing someone else's beautiful songs night after night. In a moment of extreme chaos and conflict in my life, the context and meaning of the song changed for me. It suddenly felt like a rallying cry to stick with music despite it feeling like a hopeless endeavor: 'I will not back down.'"

    It suddenly felt like a rallying cry to stick with music despite it feeling like a hopeless endeavor: ‘I will not back down.’

    Though not an expert in tarot, Kalb concedes that the title is a reference to the tarot card of the same name. "The Tower in tarot symbolizes upheaval and change; the image on the card is literally a tower being struck by lightning. We build up towers of worldly ambition and narcissistic insistence on our own constructed images of ourselves. These towers of careerist striving, however, are built on faulty foundations – we have to destroy the towers we build up if we really want to change ourselves, or get out of the ruts we're in."

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    Kalb explains further that the triumphant and hopeful song "is a declaration of defiance against a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, the recognition that although everything in my life seemed to be crumbling away, that nevertheless making art and continuing to live my life despite hardship was the most important thing. But that realization came with a caveat: that if I was going to continue with art, I needed to fundamentally change myself, and my relationship to having a life in music. 'Deep in the stars, or wherever you are, I need to find you' – these final lines, sung in the same pitched register as the quotation from 'WTF' are about the universality of music, how hiding somewhere deep in the universe is a primal force we can sometimes tap into to create beauty, and to rise above the pettiness of earthly experience. Art is the only thing that connects us to something higher than ourselves, and I need to live life in search of something greater than me."

    The Rose Gardener is out via Topshelf Records on February 22, 2019.

    Photograph by Richard Gin

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    Bellows // Album Announce: The Rose Gardener

    Today we are proud to share the first two singles from the upcoming record The Rose Gardener by the Brooklyn-based group Bellows, to be released on Topshelf Records on February 22, 2019.

    Catch the two music videos premiering today at Stereogum alongside a US tour announcement. As well, don't miss pre-orders for The Rose Gardener, which are now live on our webstore.

    Of the two videos, Oliver Kalb (lead force behind Bellows) explains that, "'Denouement' and 'What Can I Tell You About The World?' are the two center-piece songs of the album — I think of them as representing two opposing emotions the album deals with. The first is a bitter, angry song, obsessed with the past and the misdeeds of others. The other is a song about peace, and about trying to live life without passing judgment on everything you see. They’re a duo because neither tells a full story: the world is neither as messed up as it is in 'Denouement' nor as simple and problem-free as 'What Can I Tell You About The World?' but together they form a worldview: feeling out the anger it takes to acknowledge when you’ve hurt, but not allowing it to overwhelm your ability to find happiness where it comes."

    Tour Dates:

    • 3/1 - Albany, NY @ Chateau
    • 3/2 - Kingston, NY @ BSP
    • 3/3 - Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s #
    • 3/7 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
    • 3/8 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA #
    • 3/9 - Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong #
    • 3/10 - Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight*
    • 3/11 - Nashville, TN @ DRKMTTR*
    • 3/12 - Little Rock, AR @ White Water Tavern*
    • 3/13 - Denton, TX @ J&J’s Pizza*
    • 3/14 - Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie’s*
    • 3/16 - Austin, TX @ Topshelf Unofficial SXSW Day Party*
    • 3/17 - New Orleans, LA @ The Starlight*
    • 3/18 - Atlanta, GA @ 529*
    • 3/19 - Durham, NC @ Duke Coffeehouse*
    • 3/20 - Baltimore, MD @ Joe Squared*

    # = w/ Shannen Moser
    * = w/ Another Michael

    art by Oliver Kalb

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    LITE // New Track, "Zone," and UK Tour

    Today we're thrilled to share the latest from the prolific group LITE, with a premiere over at The Line of Best Fit. The track, "Zone," is the B side off the upcoming 7", entitled Blizzard, to be released digitally just ahead of an 8 day jaunt in the UK. You can pre-order the record today, just over here.

    Blizzard showcases the band's renowned style of cinematic, melodically rampant math rock. Side A explores a host of stylistic influences, with skittering call-and-response guitars building over an electronic drum loop into a shimmering climax that consumes the listener like a blizzard. B side, "Zone," returns to the signature urgency of LITE, crashing straight into a breakneck, noodling ostinato that perfectly captures the group's cinematic style of composition. Check out the tour dates below.

    • September 13, 2018 - Ebisu, Japan @ Ebisu Liquid Room
    • September 27, 2018 - Shibuya, Japan @ Unknown venue
    • October 08, 2018 - Bristol, UK @ Exchange
    • October 09, 2018 - Manchester, UK @ The Ruby Lounge
    • October 10, 2018 - Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
    • October 11, 2018 - Belfast, UK @ Foundry
    • October 12, 2018 - Dublin, Ireland @ Bello Bar
    • October 13, 2018 - Sheffield, UK @ The Foundry Sheffield
    • October 14, 2018 - London, UK @ The Garage

    album art by Yoshiaki Miura

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    Doe // New Single, "Labour like I Do"

    Topshelf Records and Big Scary Monsters recently announced the signing of London indie rock trio Doe, who will be releasing their second album, Grow into It, on September 28, 2018. Today we're excited to share the upcoming record's second single, "Labour like I Do," with a premiere on NPR.

    "'Labour like I Do' is one of those songs that came flowing out like a stream of consciousness," says singer and guitarist Nicola Leel. "For that reason it’s lyrically one of the more straight up songs on the record, but sometimes it’s cool when you blurt out a bunch of words to music and realise you’ve used songwriting as a form of accidental therapy."

    Not only is "Labour like I Do" accidentally therapeutic, but it's also infectiously fun and catchy. On this single, Doe experimented a bit beyond their general formula, deftly incorporating synth and slide guitar to accentuate their crafty indie rock hooks that feature clever, polyphonous vocal work. The catchy hooks trade off dynamically before exploding into an anthemic climax that shows a focused band with an ear for powerfully authentic songwriting.

    Check out the video, directed by Andrew Northrop, below.


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    Doe // Welcome to the Roster!

    We are so excited to announce that we will be releasing Doe's upcoming record, Grow into It on September 28th, in tandem with our friends at Big Scary Monsters! If this band isn't on your radar already, take some time to get acquainted with the energetic, UK-based trio whose music will transport you to your happy place. In yesterday's DIY Mag premiere of the first single "Heated", guitarist and singer Nicola Leel commented on the album's themes, and how it's centered around "the aging process and growth." Watch Doe's vibrant music video for the track, and grab a download anywhere you get your music -


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    Clearance // At Your Leisure

    Your Summer soundtrack is officially here – Clearance's album At Your Leisure is out now! Yesterday's premiere with BrooklynVegan described this album as "a breezy, enjoyable listen" and included some words from the band's Mike Bellis (vocalist and songwriter) about the process behind their latest musical creation.

    Stream or buy it on your favorite music platform here.

    Clearance will also be touring this August, playing y'all some new material from this record ~

    • 8/3 – Chicago, IL @ Hideout (album release show)
    • 8/4 – Bloomington, IN @ Blockhouse Bar
    • 8/6 – Nashville, TN @ Fond Object
    • 8/7 – Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club
    • 8/8 – Cleveland – Happy Dog
    • 8/11 – Ridgewood, NY @ Trans-Pecos
    • 8/12 – Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s
    • 8/13 – Northampton, MA @ Red Cross
    • 8/14 – Montreal, QC @ Brasserie Beaubien
    • 8/15 – Toronto, ON @ Duffy’s
    • 8/16 – Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx
    • 8/17 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Corner Record Shop
    • 10/24 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean

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    Giraffes? Giraffes! // "Hug of Death" Music Video

    A psychedelic new video from the guitar and drums duo Giraffes? Giraffes! premiered on Fecking Bahamas today! "Hug of Death" was the first single from the band's masterpiece of a record, Memory Lame, and the video features a spooky image of death taking souls by hugging every person he sees. It was filmed and edited by the talented Lindsey Topham, putting a story behind a track with no lyrics but tons of energy. You can also get your G?G! fix by seeing the band on their upcoming US tour // Dates and locations listed below.


    • July 26, 2018 – Wallingford, CT, US @ American Legion Post 187
    • July 27, 2018 – Philadelphia, PA, US @ The Barbary
    • July 28, 2018 – Brooklyn, NY, US @ Brooklyn Bazaar
    • July 29, 2018 – Cambridge, MA, US @ The Middle East
    • August 04, 2018 – Seattle, WA, US @ The Funhouse
    • August 05, 2018 – Portland, OR, US @ Tonic Lounge
    • August 06, 2018 – Eugene, OR, US @ HiFi Music Hall
    • August 07, 2018 – Redding, CA, US @ The Dip
    • August 08, 2018 – Sacramento, CA, US @ Holy Diver
    • August 09, 2018 – Berkeley, CA, US @ 924 Gilman
    • August 10, 2018 – Santa Cruz, CA, US @ The Crepe Place
    • August 11, 2018 – West Hollywood, CA, US @ The Factory
    • August 12, 2018 – San Diego, CA, US @ Soda Bar
    • August 16, 2018 – ArcTanGent, UK @ Fernhill Farm

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