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Cancelled Tours // 100% of Bandcamp Sales Going to Artists

Are you disappointed to see all the shows you were looking forward to in the next couple of months cancelled? We are too! (so are our artists) - in light of 250+ cancellations disrupting so much in our roster's lives we've routed 100% of Bandcamp sales directly to the artist through this weekend.

If you were planning on seeing any of the following bands in the next few weeks, please consider buying their album instead. If you've got expendable income right now, a little goes a long way (◠‿◠✿)












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Ratboys // "Staff Selections" playlist guest curated by Ratboys

Ratboys made a BIG splash with the release of their third LP Printer's Devil on February 28, and we couldn't be more proud of them. We've given them the mic this week to take over our "Staff Selections" playlist with an assortment of their favorite tunes:

"This playlist is made up of songs that we have loved for a long time and that influenced the ways we went about writing and recording our new album, Printer's Devil. Each one of these songs is just teeming with great ideas - they're all visceral and urgent and weird in their own ways, and they make us want to play more music! These songs inspire us to create. & that's the best vibe you can ask for. "

Give the playlist a whirl, and if you haven't yet, check out Printer's Devil as well <3


Unfortunately Ratboys have had to cancel their upcoming shows for the remainder of March and April, but you can still buy merch and music from them over on their website (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

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Ratboys // "Printer's Devil" LP released today

Today we are thrilled to officially release the third full-length album from Ratboys, Printer's Devil. So far they've shared three brilliant singles from the record, "Alien With a Sleep Mask On", "I Go Out at Night", and "Anj", and today you finally get to hear Printer's Devil in its full glory.

Once you give it a full spin, or six, order Printer's Devil and any accompanying merch that strikes your fancy ~ We hope you enjoy this one as much as we do (▰˘◡˘▰)


Printer's Devil in Sandstorm (limited to 600)



Ratboys are hitting the road beginning February 28 to celebrate the release of Printer's Devil, and you can catch them just about anywhere in the US this Spring with Ellis, Another Michael, and even Wilco. Full dates are as follows:

  • 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, 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 15, 2020 - Jackson, MS @ Thalia Mara Hall - get tickets +
  • April 16, 2020 - Mobile, AL @ Saenger Theatre - get tickets +
  • April 18, 2020 - St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre - 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 ^

    * with Ellis + with Wilco ^ with Another Michael




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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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    Ratboys // "I Go Out at Night"

    Today we're stoked to share the video for the newest Ratboys single, "I Go Out at Night," directed by coool and taken from their upcoming album, Printer's Devil.

    Listen to the new single today on your platform of choice and check the video below
    Pre-order Printer's Devil on vinyl, CD, cassette, or digital

    In addition to the new video, a little reminder that Ratboys will embark on a headlining tour this year, kicking things off with a release show for Printer's Devil in Chicago on February 28. Find the dates below, and have fun at the gig~

    • February 21, 2020 - Madison, WI, US @ Memorial Union Terrace, University of Wisconsin
    • February 28, 2020 - Chicago, IL, US @ Lincoln Hall
    • March 14, 2020 - Urbana, IL, US @ Rose Bowl Tavern
    • March 15, 2020 - Kansas City, MO, US @ The Riot Room
    • March 24, 2020 - Manitou Springs, CO, US @ Lulu's Downstairs
    • March 25, 2020 - Boise, ID, US @ Treefort Music Fest
    • March 26, 2020 - Salt Lake City, UT, US @ Kilby Court
    • March 29, 2020 - Seattle, WA, US @ Barboza
    • March 30, 2020 - Portland, OR, US @ Mississippi Studios
    • April 02, 2020 - San Francisco, CA, US @ Bottom of the Hill
    • April 03, 2020 - Santa Ana, CA, US @ CONSTELLATION ROOM
    • April 04, 2020 - Los Angeles (LA), CA, US @ The Echo
    • April 05, 2020 - La Jolla, CA, US @ Che Cafe, UC San Diego
    • April 07, 2020 - Phoenix, AZ, US @ The Rebel Lounge
    • April 09, 2020 - Denver, CO, US @ Larimer Lounge
    • April 29, 2020 - Pontiac, MI, US @ Pike Room at the Crofoot
    • April 30, 2020 - Lakewood, OH, US @ Mahall's 20 Lanes
    • May 01, 2020 - Pittsburgh, PA, US @ Club Café
    • May 02, 2020 - Toronto, ON, Canada @ Monarch Tavern
    • May 05, 2020 - Allston, MA, US @ Great Scott
    • May 07, 2020 - Brooklyn, NY, US @ Rough Trade NYC
    • May 08, 2020 - Philadelphia, PA, US @ Johnny Brenda's
    • May 09, 2020 - Washington, DC, US @ Songbyrd Music House
    • May 10, 2020 - Richmond, VA, US @ The Camel
    • May 12, 2020 - Atlanta, GA, US @ The Masquerade
    • May 13, 2020 - Nashville, TN, US @ Mercy Lounge / the High Watt
    • May 14, 2020 - Columbus, OH, US @ Rumba Café
    • May 15, 2020 - Louisville, KY, US @ Zanzabar
    • May 16, 2020 - St Louis, MO, US @ Duck Room, Blueberry Hill

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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.

    listen on spotify

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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:

    Part 1:

    Part 2:

    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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