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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.

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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

photo by Joshua Bilhan (@j.bilhan)


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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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Alfred. // Northeast tour with Shormey

This week the Richmond-based darkgospel artist Alfred. began a run of northeastern shows with fellow Richmond musician and Citrus City Records labelmate Shormey. Check the dates below and have a listen to Alfred.'s recently released opus, Like You!!

  • July 14 - Richmond, VA @ Gallery5
  • July 16 - Burlington, VT @ Mindyer Manor
  • July 18 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Funhouse at Mr.Smalls
  • July 19 - Brooklyn, NY @ BTR Session *Shormey only
  • July 20 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right *Alfred only
  • July 21 - Baltimore, MD @ Asian Taste

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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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toe // US Shows Announced

The widely venerated group toe have announced a pair of US shows in New York City and Los Angeles toward the end of this summer. While the band won't be touring on a new release, their most recent record, Our Latest Number, is still less than a year old. Give it a rinse, check the show dates below, and RSVP accordingly!

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