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.

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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:

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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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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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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."

    full album pre-order & streaming links // lyrics

    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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