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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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Ratboys // Music Video for "Figure"

This new video for "Figure" by Ratboys features a claymation project that took artist Bayley White 6 months to complete and tells a story of Julia, the band's lead singer, embarking on an array of exciting adventures. The video premiered on NPR Music, who chatted with the band on all the details what went into the song and video.


"Figure" is off of Ratboys' recent EP, GL, which you can purchase here.

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El Ten Eleven // "We Don't Have A Sail but We Have a Rudder"

So you've listened to the first two El Ten Eleven singles and are dying to hear even more of the album – well you're in luck! Their third single from Banker's Hill, "We Don't Have a Sail but We Have a Rudder" is out today! Hopefully this will hold you over until the full album is released on August 10th ~

El Ten Eleven also created an awesome Spotify playlist that you can stream here. It includes songs that were playing in the studio before they began their sessions each morning while recording the album.

Additionally, they will be embarking on a US tour in September in celebration of Banker's Hill:

  • 9/05 - Morro Bay, CA @ The Siren
  • 9/06 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium
  • 9/07 - San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
  • 9/08 - Reno, NV @ Saint Bar
  • 9/09 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
  • 9/12 - Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theatre
  • 9/13 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
  • 9/14 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
  • 9/15 - Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
  • 9/18 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
  • 9/19 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
  • 9/20 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Washington’s
  • 9/21 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
  • 9/22 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
  • 11/06 - St. Louis, MO @ The Old Rock House
  • 11/07 - Indianapolis, IN @ HiFi
  • 11/08 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
  • 11/09 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
  • 11/10 - Chicago, IL @ ChopShop
  • 11/13 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
  • 11/14 - Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
  • 11/15 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
  • 11/16 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
  • 11/17 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
  • 11/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
  • 11/30 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
  • 12/01 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah

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Clearance // New Single

There's a brand new Clearance single "Haven't You Got the Time" out today! The song is off their latest album At Your Leisure, that we're stoked to be releasing digitally, on vinyl, and cassette on July 27th. "Haven't You Got the Time" is cheery and bright while the lyrics delve into a sad narrative about the slow decay of a relationship. Clearance pulls from their influences expertly, creating a beautifully unique sound.

Clearance is also going on tour in August to celebrate the release of the new album -

  • 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 - NY, 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

Check out "Haven't You Got the Time" here:

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