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Queen of Jeans // If you're not afraid, I'm not afraid

The sophomore record from Philly's Queen of Jeans is out everywhere today, and we couldn't be more excited to share it with you.

Listen to If you're not afraid, I'm not afraid today on your platform of choice.

A little less than two weeks before Queen of Jeans went into the studio to record, Miri’s mom passed away. Simultaneously, following the election in 2016, it was the first time as an adult that she ever really felt afraid to be herself in her own country. “I found myself in fear not only of losing my mom to her illness, but of losing my space within society as a queer woman, and watching space get taken away from so many others.”

If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid is a reaction to all of those emotions, stirred up from these events as Miri tried to navigate her relationships with her partner, friends and family without the guidance of her mom or a stable grip on what was and continues to happen in this country.

Despite all of it, though, Miri was able to open up on this record in a way that feels more like an act of bravery than anything else. Even the album’s first track and first-released single, “Get Lost,” finds the young songwriter owning the parts of her that might make her seem like a “square” or “boring” to others. The entire process was a significantly different experience for her, and it shows. If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid is an impactful collection of songs that stand for something real; Queen of Jeans’ invitation to the listener to embrace their own stories, no matter how scary it may seem.

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Queen of Jeans // "Only Obvious to You"

The latest single from Queen of Jeans, "Only Obvious to You," is out today on all streaming platforms. Taken from the band's upcoming album If you're not afraid, I'm not afraid, the new single blends Queen of Jeans’ signature softness with a rousing awakening of spirit. “This is a song about recognizing your value, and acknowledging when you’ve let someone take away your voice and dictate your worth,” explains Devora.

Listen to "Only Obvious to You" today on your preferred platform, or scope the music video below (heck, do both if you've got the time!)


The video was directed by Miri Devora, shot on an iPhone by guitarist Mattie Glass, edited by longtime collaborator Bob Sweeney, and filmed at Philadelphia Pride earlier this summer.

Mattie explains: “With the video, we wanted to showcase the LGBTQIAP+ community because that's our experience of love. It's not to say that our community experiences more or less of the pain of love - it's just that we experience the same amount as everyone else. A lot of times with the visibility in the media, you see these flowery commercials by corporations touting "love is love" and it's always a very one dimensional positive message. Like, “oh look at these cute happy gays - they’re just like us, laughing and eating cereal with their kids!” But we're so much more than that. As a queer person, I'm much more interested in seeing honest representation. We're human beings, and we have the same experiences that everyone else does.”

Album release shows:

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

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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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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Queen of Jeans // If you're not afraid, I'm not afraid Announced

The Philadelphia-based crockpot pop group have announced their forthcoming record, If you're not afraid, I'm not afraid, to be released on August 23, 2019. Check out the Bob Sweeney-directed video for the album's lead single, "Get Lost," below.

On If you're not afraid, I'm not afraid, Queen of Jeans paired with prominent producer Will Yip to enter into a new sonic era. It marks a decided turn to more tightly knit songwriting that emphasizes Queen of Jeans' most alluring strengths. Vocals shine through as the sun through clouds, drenching twangy, western-reminiscent guitar in evocative light, illuminating the album's vast and serene crockpot soundscapes. If you're not afraid, I'm not afraid is an impactful collection of songs that stand for something real; Queen of Jeans' invitation to the listener to embrace their own stories, no matter how scary it may seem.

Pre-order the album today on vinyl, CD, or cassette.



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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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Queen of Jeans // US Tour with The Menzingers

Philly-based Queen of Jeans will enchant audiences this summer with their signature crockpot-pop sound in support of The Menzingers. The Sidekicks will also share their talents for the majority of the dates.

  • July 19, 2019 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
  • July 20, 2019 - Portland, ME @ Aura
  • July 21, 2019 - Woodstock, NY @ The Colony
  • July 23, 2019 - Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon
  • July 24, 2019 - Buffalo, NY @ Rec Room
  • July 25, 2019 - London, ON @ Rum Runners
  • July 28, 2019 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
  • July 30, 2019 - Lakewood, OH @ Phantasy
  • July 31, 2019 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
  • August 01, 2019 - Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre
  • 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

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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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2018 Recap

We all know 2018 was something else, but at least we have music to assuage the pains and anxieties of our current moment. Since we put out 16 records this year, not including a healthy dose of reissues, we wanted to recap it all for you in as succinct a manner as possible.

If life is too hectic, throw on the sampler and see what strikes your fascinations. Stylistically, our year covered a lot of ground, so if none of the names below ring familiar to you, it's a great collection to get yourself acquainted with this year's repertoire, and our roster in general.

As always, thank you for listening and thank you for supporting our label and the artists we work with.


2018 Sampler

spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | tidal

recommended for the musically curious

what to expect: an eclectic, hand-picked selection of songs from each one of our 2018 titles


Ratboys - GL

spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: Soccer Mommy, Diet Cig, Hop Along, Big Thief, Andy Shauf

what to expect: indie rock embellished with country charm and twang


Giraffes? Giraffes! - Memory Lame

spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: Hella, Tera Melos, LITE, Don Caballero, Battles

what to expect: hectic, scatterbrained math-rock bursting with psychedelic tendencies and unforeseeable turns


Gulfer - Dog Bless

spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: Bear Vs. Shark, Cap’n Jazz, Crash of Rhinos, Algernon Cadwallader, Tiny Moving Parts

what to expect: raucous anthems that exude punkish quintessence through crafty, inventive songwriting


Thanya Iyer - Do You Dream? Mixtape

spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: Lomelda, Emily Yacina, Helena Deland, Bernice

what to expect: eclectic intersections of indie pop, electronic, and jazz which weave peculiarly gorgeous stories


Queen of Jeans - Dig Yourself
spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: Warpaint, SALES, Jay Som, The Duke Spirit, The Ronettes

what to expect: elegantly retrofitted indie pop with ethereally layered vocals


Clearance - At Your Leisure

spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: Pavement, Guided by Voices, Parquet Courts, Nap Eyes, Ought, Yo La Tengo, The Feelies, REM, Wire, The Kinks

what to expect: jangly indie rock fronted by reflective sprechgesang, rounded at the edges with clever pop songwriting


tricot - potage / On the boom
spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: Cibo Matto, Marnie Stern, TTNG, Metric

what to expect: a satisfying quick fix featuring two of the band’s more poppier songs to date


Pema - Bad Habits
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recommended if you like: Nadine, Alex Napping, Men I Trust, Half Waif

what to expect: electronic pop that shimmers with unique production and enchanting vocals


gobbinjr - ocala wick
spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: The Blow, Mirah, Of Montreal, Snail Mail, IAN SWEET, Adult Mom

what to expect: upbeat and whimsical indie pop built on earwormy, hazy melodies


mouse on the keys - tres
spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: CHON, Cornelius, toe, Tortoise, The Mercury Program

what to expect: unpredictable, beautiful, and solemn compositions that pry open and rearrange the seams of jazz


El Ten Eleven - Banker's Hill
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recommended if you like: Tycho, The Album Leaf, Battles, The Mercury Program, Lymbyc Systym

what to expect: driving yet meditative post-rock with curious and explorative guitar looping


Another Michael - Land
spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: Stephen Steinbrink, Jodi, Friendship, Russel the Leaf

what to expect: subdued indie pop with infectious vocals and crispy production



toe - Our Latest Number

spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: The Album Leaf, The Mercury Program, Pele, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Mono, Don Caballero, Battles

what to expect: toe, but on the more restrained, introspective end of their wildly broad spectrum


Doe - Grow into It

spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: The Breeders, Rozwell Kid, Weezer, Speedy Ortiz, The Sidekicks, Charly Bliss, Swearin’, Great Grandpa, Hatchie

what to expect: assertive indie rock hooks and riffs that brim with crunchy tact


LITE - Blizzard

spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: Tera Melos, Hella, Pele, Don Caballero, Battles, mouse on the keys

what to expect: the classic, tight noodling and controlled explosiveness that this band is all about


Elephant Gym - Underwater

spotify | bandcamp | soundcloud | youtube | tidal

recommended if you like: American Football, toe, tricot, Chon, TTNG, Yvette Young

what to expect: deft and immersive math-rock featuring a host of international vocalists

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New Music from Elephant Gym, Annual Label Sampler & Holiday Sale

Greetings! It is about that time, people. We've got a few deals going to help you with your holiday shopping (much more on that below). Now's probably also a good time to recap you on what we've put out this year, incase you've missed anything. We've also got Elephant Gym's new album Underwater available for purchase—details on all of that below.

This year's been awesome—I'm so psyched on the diverse titles and exciting group of artists we've gotten to partner with in 2018. For a quick glimpse of everything we had our hands in this year check out our discography page, or just peep our label sampler that features a track from every artist we released music for in 2018:

Oh yeah, the sale!

  • Take 20% everything in our shop with the code HOUSEKEEPING (excludes pre-order items)
  • Take an additional 15% off everything in our sale section (prices already marked down)
  • Our Bandcamp subscription is temporarily lowered to just $6 a month—get everything we release instantly digitally delivered to you, plus bonus downloads and behind-the-scenes updates all while supporting us and our roster in an ongoing, sustainable way!
  • we've re-stocked crewnecks, beanies, hats and shirts
  • For every $50 you spend in our shop, get a free random test press with your order
  • All digital items on our Bandcamp are 50% off (use the code HOUSEKEEPING)
  • Lastly, if you're shopping for someone and not sure what to get them, we have gift cards

A few notes and clarifications: The 50% off Bandcamp code *will* work on physical merch. We won't honor that though. Please do not try to buy physical merch with this code—YOU WILL BE REFUNDED and we will cancel your order if you do this. It is intended for digital items only. Thanks!

To redeem your free test press for every $50 spent, you must add this item to your cart.

In other news, you can finally listen to the new Elephant Gym album Underwater! It'll be on streaming platforms December 7th, but until then, you can stream or download it from Bandcamp (psst you'd already have it if you were subscribed!) or simply add it to your cart here on our shop.

That's it for now—thanks so much for your continued interest and support! <3

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Queen of Jeans // Fall Tour with Circa Survive and La Dispute

Don't miss your chance to witness Queen of Jeans live with Circa Survive and La Dispute this fall on a full US tour. The Philly-based group will be traveling from New York to California and everywhere in between, performing their unique retrofitted brand of crockpot pop, so make sure to get tickets before they sell out!

Tour Dates:

  • October 30, 2018 - Silver Spring, MD, US @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
  • November 01, 2018 - Cleveland, OH, US @ Agora Theatre & Ballroom
  • November 02, 2018 - Detroit, MI, US @ Majestic Theatre
  • November 03, 2018 - Chicago, IL, US @ Vic Theatre
  • November 04, 2018 - St Louis, MO, US @ The Ready Room
  • November 06, 2018 - Denver, CO, US @ Oriental Theater
  • November 07, 2018 - Salt Lake City, UT, US @ The Union
  • November 09, 2018 - Boise, ID, US @ Knitting Factory
  • November 11, 2018 - Seattle, WA, US @ Showbox SoDo
  • November 12, 2018 - Portland, OR, US @ Roseland Theater
  • November 13, 2018 - Berkeley, CA, US @ The UC Theatre
  • November 14, 2018 - Hollywood, CA, US @ Hollywood Palladium
  • November 16, 2018 - Anaheim, CA, US @ House of Blues - Anaheim
  • November 17, 2018 - Las Vegas, NV, US @ House of Blues
  • November 18, 2018 - Phoenix, AZ, US @ The Van Buren
  • November 20, 2018 - Dallas, TX, US @ Gas Monkey Live
  • November 24, 2018 - San Antonio, TX, US @ Alamo City Music Hall
  • November 25, 2018 - Houston, TX, US @ House of Blues
  • November 27, 2018 - Lake Buena Vista, FL, US @ House of Blues
  • November 28, 2018 - St Petersburg, FL, US @ Jannus Live
  • November 30, 2018 - Charlotte, NC, US @ The Underground
  • December 01, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA, US @ Fillmore Philadelphia
  • December 02, 2018 - Worcester, MA, US @ Palladium

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