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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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    LITE // "Double" Music Video

    Just a few days ahead of their US tour with Elephant Gym, LITE have shared a new music video for the song "Double," taken from their recently released album Multiple. Enjoy the video below and mark your calendars!

    LITE's Nobuyuki Takeda explains that the group's objective with "Double" was to "remove the useless to the utmost limit," effectively eliminating effects and accessory pedals to approach the truest sound of their instruments. This self-imposed limitation is meant to emphasize the physicality of the band's music, characterized by melodically disjointed, rhythmically challenging passages and unpredictable songwriting.

    "This physical sound expresses the best of our style, born from the history of playing in so many various and sometimes tough environments, and keeps only what’s necessary to express ourselves on stage," says Takeda. "When we asked ourselves how to express this physical feeling visually in a music video, we came to think naturally of dance. We chose the spirited young dancer Aoi Yamada, as we believed her contemporary dance expresses in the best way LITE’s current identity."

    As Takeda suggests, Aoi Yamada's swift, precise movements assertively capture the the song's agile twists and hairpin turns. Her physical prowess and the viscerally demanding nature of "Double" are underscored by the focus on LITE's hands, symbolic of their mastery of the finer "points" of composition.

    East coast tour dates:

    • October 24, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
    • October 25, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
    • October 26, 2019 - Washington, DC @ DC9

    West coast tour dates with Elephant Gym:

    • October 28, 2019 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
    • October 29, 2019 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
    • October 30, 2019 - Portland, OR @ Lola's Room
    • November 1, 2019 - Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone
    • November 2, 2019 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's
    • November 3, 2019 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
    • November 4, 2019 - San Diego, CA @ Music Box
    • November 6, 2019 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge

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    Elephant Gym // "Gaze at Blue"

    Elephant Gym have surprise-dropped a new track and music video today in anticipation of their upcoming west coast tour with Topshelf labelmates LITE.

    Check out the new single today on your platform of choice, or enjoy the video below.

    Taiwanese trio Elephant Gym’s new one-off “Gaze at Blue” carefully synthesizes elements of jazz, ambient, and post-rock into a groove-replete freeform introspection. The interplay of its nimble, explorative guitar and bass bounces between unison and syncopation, coated with subtly glitched sample-clicks and the cool ambience of a droning synth. “Gaze at Blue” teases in and out of hints toward its enthralling climax, a drawn-out crescendo with no precise resolution, as if to evoke the illusory and ambiguous endpoints of freedom.


    In the upcoming weeks you'll be able to catch the band on the West Coast with LITE. And if you're based in LA, you'll be thrilled to discover that the band will play at Tyler, the Creator's Camp Flog Gnaw festival. Check the dates and be stoked!

    • October 28, 2019 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
    • October 29, 2019 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
    • October 30, 2019 - Portland, OR @ Lola's Room
    • November 1, 2019 - Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone
    • November 2, 2019 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's
    • November 3, 2019 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
    • November 4, 2019 - San Diego, CA @ Music Box
    • November 6, 2019 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
    • November 9, 2019 - Los Angeles, CA, US @ Dodger Stadium

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    Solids // Farewell Shows

    Shortly after their first and only release on Topshelf in 2016—Else—the legendary alt-rock Quebeckers Solids quietly went on hiatus. Now, a few years later, the band is ready to officially call it quits with a run of three shows in Toronto, Quebec City, and Montreal. They are sure to be raucous and full of love, so make sure to get to the gigs if you are near those greater metropolitan areas!

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    Boyscott // Goose Bumps

    We're elated to announce that Topshelf Records has teamed up with Babe City Records to jointly reissue Boyscott's widely loved surf-pop debut, Goose Bumps.

    Listen to Goose Bumps on your platform of choice
    Pre-order the album on vinyl, CD, or cassette (*ships October 25, 2019*)

    On Goose Bumps, Connecticut's Boyscott present ten upbeat tracks that forge together elements of surf rock and bedroom pop. Weaving the supple sounds of yore into the techniques of today, Boyscott's distinct bedroom-recorded bops betray the limitations of their modest studio situation with a sonic depth not commonly associated with lo-fi projects.

    Originally released in 2015, Goose Bumps is getting its first vinyl pressing with a co-release by Topshelf Records and Babe City Records. Although it took a few years of rotating casts, various makeshift studio experiences, and over a hundred shows, Boyscott have clearly carved out their own place in the world, garnering millions of streams and selling out many DIY physical pressings in the process. Read below for tour dates, and enjoy the record!


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    upcoming Boyscott tour dates:

    • September 13, 2019 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Message the band for address
    • September 14, 2019 - Hartford, CT @ Wherehouse
    • September 16, 2019 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers
    • September 17, 2019 - Ann Arbor, MI @ The Blind Pig ✧
    • September 18, 2019 - Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village ✧
    • September 19, 2019 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s Locker Rm ✧
    • September 20, 2019 - Kenyon College @ The Horn Gallery ✧
    • September 21, 2019 - Penn State @ Message the band for address ✧
    • September 22, 2019 - Bard College @ SMOG
    • September 25, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer ❍
    • September 26, 2019 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ❍
    • September 27, 2019 - New York City @ Webster Hall ❍
    • September 28, 2019 - Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall ❍
    • September 29, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel ❍
    • October 10, 2019 - Portsmouth, NH @ 3s Artspace ▨
    • October 11, 2019 - Providence, RI @ Columbus Theater ▨
    • October 12, 2019 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street ▨
    • October 17, 2019 - Queens, NY @ Trans Pecos
    • October 26, 2019 - Lyme, CT @ Foliage Folk Festival
    ✧ = supporting Den-Mate
    ❍ = supporting Pinegrove
    ▨ = supporting Vundabar



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    Another Michael // Fall Tour with Beach Bunny

    Another Michael will join Beach Bunny for a string of ten shows this November along the east coast, including a couple midwest shows and a short trip to Toronto, Canada.

    They'll have copies of their newest EP, LAND, which you might like to brush up on before getting to the gig!

    dates:

    • November 16, 2019 - Detroit @ El Club
    • November 17, 2019 - Toronto @ Hard Luck
    • November 20, 2019 - Boston @ Great Scott
    • November 21, 2019 - New York @ Rough Trade
    • November 22, 2019 - Philadelphia @ Philamoca
    • November 23, 2019 - DC @ Songbyrd
    • November 24, 2019 - Carboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
    • November 25, 2019 - Atlanta @ Drunken Unicorn
    • November 26, 2019 - Nashville @ DRKMTTR
    • November 27, 2019 - Columbus @ Big Room Bar

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    Elephant Gym // "Half" | Level Live

    Level is a new platform providing tools for musicians with a focus on building community with independent artists. Elephant Gym recently teamed up with them for an incredible live performance of their song "Half," taken from their most recent record, Underwater. The Alternative praised the band's performance in a premiere earlier this week, explaining that "no one locks down such intricate instrumentation with more obvious joy than Elephant Gym."

    If the live video wasn't news enough for fans, the band also announced this week that they'll be playing Tyler, the Creator's Camp Flog Gnaw festival this fall, after a sweet run of west coast dates with Topshelf labelmates LITE. Tickets are on sale today.

    You can also enjoy the live performance of "Half" on your preferred streaming platform, courtesy of Level.

    West Coast dates with LITE:

    • October 28, 2019 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Ballroom
    • October 29, 2019 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
    • October 30, 2019 - Portland, OR @ Paris Theatre
    • November 1, 2019 - Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone Berkeley
    • November 2, 2019 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub
    • November 3, 2019 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
    • November 4, 2019 - San Diego, CA @ The Irenic
    • November 6, 2019 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge

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    Another Michael // August Tour Dates

    Later this month, Another Michael will be playing some dates around the northeast with just Mike and then one with the whole band. They'll have copies of their newest EP, LAND, and you might wanna brush up on it before heading to a show! Dates and info for everything below:

    Full band w/ Colamo and Michael Cormier:
    • 8/19- Philadelphia @ Philamoca

    Solo w/ Bruiser and Bicycle:

    • 8/21 - Rochester, NY @ Small World Books
    • 8/22 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Room
    • 8/23 - Syracuse, NY @ The Deli
    • 8/25 - Burlington, VT @ The Lamp Shop
    • 8/27 - Albany, NY @ Buddie’s Basement

    Solo w/ Gabe Goodman and Joanna Sternberg:

    • 8/28- Queens, NY @ Trans-Pecos

    Solo w/ Wes, It’s Fine:

    • 8/31- Philadelphia, PA @ Anthorna Gallery

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    Alfred. // Southern tour with Proper.

    The multifarious Alfred. will embark on a run of southern dates with the band Proper. later this August, starting in Richmond and meandering through the South before parting ways in Charlotte, NC.

    Not familiar with the Richmond, VA's darkgospel artist? Listen to Alfred. on your preferred platform.

    • August 25, 2019 - Richmond, VA @ Mushroom Gorge
    • August 26, 2019 - Louisville, KY @ The Mammoth
    • August 27, 2019 - Memphis, TN @ The Hi-Tone
    • August 28, 2019 - Kansas City, MO @ The Bebop
    • August 29, 2019 - Norman, OK @ The Resonator
    • August 31, 2019 - New Orleans, LA @ Hey! Cafe
    • September 3, 2019 - Birmingham, AL @ Church of Hot Addiction
    • September 4, 2019 - Atlanta, GA @ Mother Bar
    • September 5, 2019 - Charlotte, NC @ Snuf Harbor

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    LITE and Elephant Gym // Fall US Tour

    Coming off the release of their sixth full-length album, the Japanese math-rock quartet LITE will tour the US this fall, starting off with a three show run in the northeast before heading to the west coast and teaming up with Taiwan's Elephant Gym. Dates along the Pacific will begin in Vancouver and run all the way through to Phoenix. Check out the tour schedule below and grab your tickets before it's too late!

    LITE dates

    • October 24, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
    • October 25, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA @ MilkBoy
    • October 26, 2019 - Washington, DC @ DC9

    LITE and Elephant Gym dates

    • October 28, 2019 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Ballroom
    • October 29, 2019 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
    • October 30, 2019 - Portland, OR @ Paris Theatre
    • November 1, 2019 - Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone Berkeley
    • November 2, 2019 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub
    • November 3, 2019 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
    • November 4, 2019 - San Diego, CA @ The Irenic
    • November 6, 2019 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge

    Listen to LITE's most recent release, Multiple

    "truly insane and absolutely delightful"
    -The Alternative


    Listen to Elephant Gym's most recent release, Underwater

    "the bass-led, jazz-influenced math rock trio deserves to be lauded and more, and the whole world knows"
    -Bandwagon

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