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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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    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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    SXSW Photo Diaries

    As is becoming tradition, we gave several of our bands some disposable cameras to play with while down at SXSW this year. Our favorite purple publication, The Grey Estates, deemed the photographic results to be worthy enough for a series of photo diaries, all of which we've collected here for your enjoyment. Click through below for a few words from each artist about their time in Austin. (Warning: lots of cute pics!)

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    Ratboys // US Tour with PUP

    Our beloved Ratboys will be supporting Canadian punks PUP on their upcoming full US tour, with additional support from a rotation of Diet Cig, Casper Skulls, and Beach Bunny. Tickets are flying fast, so make sure to grab yourself one sooner than later.

    • April 24, 2019 - Rochester, NY, US @ Bug Jar
    • April 25, 2019 - Boston, MA, US @ Royale
    • April 26, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY, US @ Brooklyn Steel
    • April 29, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA, US @ Union Transfer
    • April 30, 2019 - Pittsburgh, PA, US @ Rex Theater
    • May 01, 2019 - Cleveland, OH, US @ Beachland Ballroom
    • May 03, 2019 - Pontiac, MI, US @ The Crofoot Ballroom
    • May 04, 2019 - Chicago, IL, US @ Metro
    • May 05, 2019 - Minneapolis, MN, US @ Fine Line
    • May 08, 2019 - Dallas, TX, US @ Trees
    • May 09, 2019 - Austin, TX, US @ Mohawk
    • May 10, 2019 - Houston, TX, US @ Rockefellers
    • May 11, 2019 - New Orleans, LA, US @ One Eyed Jacks
    • May 13, 2019 - Atlanta, GA, US @ Terminal West
    • May 14, 2019 - Carrboro, NC, US @ Cat's Cradle
    • May 15, 2019 - Asheville, NC, US @ Grey Eagle
    • May 17, 2019 - Washington, DC, US @ Black Cat
    • May 18, 2019 - Boston, MA, US @ Royale
    • May 21, 2019 - Cleveland, OH, US @ Beachland Ballroom
    • May 22, 2019 - Cincinnati, OH, US @ Bogart's Cincinnati
    • May 23, 2019 - Chicago, IL, US @ Metro
    • June 19, 2019 - San Diego, CA, US @ Irenic
    • June 20, 2019 - Los Angeles, CA, US @ Teragram Ballroom
    • June 21, 2019 - Los Angeles, CA, US @ Teragram Ballroom
    • June 22, 2019 - San Francisco, CA, US @ The Fillmore
    • June 24, 2019 - Portland, OR, US @ Wonder Ballroom
    • June 25, 2019 - Seattle, WA, US @ The Showbox
    • June 27, 2019 - Boise, ID, US @ The Olympic Venue
    • June 28, 2019 - Salt Lake City, UT, US @ In The Venue
    • June 29, 2019 - Englewood, CO, US @ Gothic Theatre
    • July 01, 2019 - Santa Fe, NM, US @ Meow Wolf
    • July 02, 2019 - Phoenix, AZ, US @ The Crescent Ballroom
    • July 03, 2019 - Santa Ana, CA, US @ The Observatory

    » Find tickets for a gig near you

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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

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    recommended for the musically curious

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


    Ratboys - GL

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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
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    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

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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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    Ratboys // GL (8-Bit Version)

    Today we're excited to share a surprise Ratboys release with the world! This EP is an 8-bit reimagination of the band's 2018 release, GL. Nostalgic and upbeat, this new arrangement of the band's most recent material is a unique addition to the ever deepening Ratboys repertoire. Impressively, guitarist Dave Sagan made the whole EP on his PSP!

    The band is just about to embark on a five day stint in Japan before an early winter tour with Soccer Mommy. Make sure to mark your calendar if they're passing through your town.

    Check out the EP today — find it on your favorite platform here.

    Japan tour dates:

    • October 11, 2018 - Tokyo, Japan @ Warp
    • October 12, 2018 - Tokyo, Japan @ Nine Spices
    • October 13, 2018 - Osaka, Japan @ Shinsaibashi Live House Pangea
    • October 14, 2018 - Nagoya, Japan @ Sakae Rad Seven
    • October 15, 2018 - Tokyo, Japan @ SHINDAITA FEAVER

    Winter dates with Soccer Mommy:

    • November 28, 2018 - Nashville, TN @ The East Room
    • November 29, 2018 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
    • November 30, 2018 - Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
    • December 01, 2018 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
    • December 02, 2018 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
    • December 05, 2018 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
    • December 06, 2018 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
    • December 07, 2018 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
    • December 08, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church

    Art by Dave Sagan

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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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    Ratboys // Tour with Foxing and Kississippi

    So you've had a few months to totally soak in the new Ratboys EP, GL, and we know you are dying to see them live. You're in luck, because in addition to a bunch of previously announced US dates and a Japan tour, the band will be supporting Foxing with Kississippi on their upcoming North American tour!

    View all future tour dates here


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