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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.

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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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Bellows // 2019 Summer Tour with Gabby's World

The pop-inclined bedroom recording project Bellows will be on an extensive tour this summer with frequent collaborators Gabby's World. The two Brooklyn-based groups don't often make it out to the west coast, so if you're near the Pacific it's a rare chance to catch these two amazing bands. Check the dates below to make sure you'll be able to witness songs from the recently released The Rose Gardener preformed live with a full band.

  • July 07, 2019 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto
  • July 08, 2019 - Detroit, MI @ Outer Limits
  • July 09, 2019 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
  • July 10, 2019 - Minneapolis, MN @ Kitty Cat Klub
  • July 11, 2019 - Omaha, NE @ OutrSpaces
  • July 14, 2019 - Missoula, MT @ Ten Spoon Winery
  • July 15, 2019 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
  • July 16, 2019 - Corvallis, OR @ TBD
  • July 17, 2019 - Arcata, CA @ Outer Space
  • July 18, 2019 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
  • July 19, 2019 - Santa Cruz, CA @ SubRosa
  • July 20, 2019 - Stockton, CA @ Blackwater Cafe
  • July 21, 2019 - Los Angeles, CA @ Morrocan
  • July 23, 2019 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
  • July 25, 2019 - Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
  • July 26, 2019 - Dallas, TX @ Transit Bicycle Co.
  • July 28, 2019 - Gainesville, FL @ TBD
  • July 29, 2019 - Orlando, FL @ Will's Pub
  • July 30, 2019 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
  • July 31, 2019 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle Backroom
  • August 01, 2019 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
  • August 02, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
  • August 03, 2019 - Boston, MA @ Once Ballroom

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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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No Vacation // "Yam Yam" Official Music Video and US Tour with Okey Dokey

No Vacation is ecstatic to share the long-awaited official music video for their song "Yam Yam," directed by BOREDOM. The video is constructed of UHD Digital, Super 8mm Film, and features over 1,000 frames of HandPainted Watercolor Animation. Through a minimally rich color palette, BOREDOM explored the yin and yang of the modern life emotional experience, the happy and the sad.

The group will also be touring extensively this summer, kicking off the season with a full US tour. The group Okey Dokey will be touring along in support. Make sure to stay tuned for more special news from No Vacation in the coming months!

  • May 22, 2019 - Burlington, VT, US @ ArtsRiot
  • May 23, 2019 - Allston, MA, US @ Great Scott
  • May 24, 2019 - Washington, DC, US @ Union Stage
  • May 25, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA, US @ PhilaMOCA
  • May 26, 2019 - New York, NY, US @ The Bowery Ballroom
  • May 28, 2019 - Raleigh, NC, US @ Kings
  • May 29, 2019 - Atlanta, GA, US @ Purgatory at The Masquerade
  • May 30, 2019 - Orlando, FL, US @ Soundbar
  • May 31, 2019 - Margate, FL, US @ O'Malley's Sports Bar
  • June 01, 2019 - Tampa, FL, US @ Crowbar
  • June 03, 2019 - New Orleans, LA, US @ Gasa Gasa
  • June 04, 2019 - Houston, TX, US @ Satellite Bar
  • June 05, 2019 - San Antonio, TX, US @ Paper Tiger
  • June 06, 2019 - Austin, TX, US @ Barracuda
  • June 07, 2019 - Dallas, TX, US @ Three Links
  • June 08, 2019 - Oklahoma City, OK, US @ 89th Street (formerly the Conservatory)
  • June 09, 2019 - Santa Fe, NM, US @ Meow Wolf
  • June 11, 2019 - El Paso, TX, US @ Lowbrow Palace
  • June 13, 2019 - Phoenix, AZ, US @ The Rebel Lounge
  • June 14, 2019 - San Diego, CA, US @ Irenic
  • June 15, 2019 - Santa Ana, CA, US @ Constellation Room at the Observatory
  • June 16, 2019 - San Francisco, CA, US @ Great American Music Hall
  • June 19, 2019 - Portland, OR, US @ Paris Theatre
  • June 20, 2019 - Seattle, WA, US @ The Crocodile
  • June 21, 2019 - Spokane, WA, US @ The Bartlett
  • June 22, 2019 - Boise, ID, US @ The Shredder
  • June 25, 2019 - Salt Lake City, UT, US @ Kilby Court
  • June 26, 2019 - Denver, CO, US @ Larimer Lounge
  • June 27, 2019 - Omaha, NE, US @ Slowdown
  • June 28, 2019 - Minneapolis, MN, US @ 7th Street Entry
  • June 29, 2019 - Chicago, IL, US @ Subterranean

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Another Michael // Tour with Field Medic

Perfectionist pop quartet Another Michael will be hitting the road this May with the ever charming neo-folk auteur Field Medic. The run is short and limited to the Northeast, but if you're in the area we highly recommend checking out Another Michael's captivating blend of indie rock layered with the arresting and beautiful vocal stylings of the eponymous Michael Doherty.

  • May 07, 2019 - Washington, DC, US @ Songbyrd Music House
  • May 08, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits
  • May 09, 2019 - Allston, MA, US @ O'Brien's Pub
  • May 10, 2019 - Middletown, CT @ MAC 650
  • May 11, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY, US @ Alphaville

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gobbinjr // Spring Tour with Adult Mom

gobbinjr will showcase their ever whimsical, savvy brand of pop throughout the northeast this spring on a short tour with Adult Mom and Long Neck.

  • May 02, 2019 - Woodstock, NY, US @ Colony
  • May 03, 2019 - Rochester, NY, US @ Bug Jar
  • May 04, 2019 - Toronto, ON, Canada @ Monarch Tavern
  • May 06, 2019 - Rollinsford, NH, US @ Sue's
  • May 07, 2019 - Somerville, MA, US @ ONCE Ballroom
  • May 08, 2019 - Middletown, CT, US @ Mac 650 Artist Gallery & Co-op
  • May 09, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY, US @ Park Church Co-op
  • May 10, 2019 - Washington, DC, US @ Songbyrd Music House
  • May 11, 2019 - Pittsburgh, PA, US @ The Mr. Roboto Project

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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

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Bellows // Album Announce: The Rose Gardener

Today we are proud to share the first two singles from the upcoming record The Rose Gardener by the Brooklyn-based group Bellows, to be released on Topshelf Records on February 22, 2019.

Catch the two music videos premiering today at Stereogum alongside a US tour announcement. As well, don't miss pre-orders for The Rose Gardener, which are now live on our webstore.

Of the two videos, Oliver Kalb (lead force behind Bellows) explains that, "'Denouement' and 'What Can I Tell You About The World?' are the two center-piece songs of the album — I think of them as representing two opposing emotions the album deals with. The first is a bitter, angry song, obsessed with the past and the misdeeds of others. The other is a song about peace, and about trying to live life without passing judgment on everything you see. They’re a duo because neither tells a full story: the world is neither as messed up as it is in 'Denouement' nor as simple and problem-free as 'What Can I Tell You About The World?' but together they form a worldview: feeling out the anger it takes to acknowledge when you’ve hurt, but not allowing it to overwhelm your ability to find happiness where it comes."

Tour Dates:

  • 3/1 - Albany, NY @ Chateau
  • 3/2 - Kingston, NY @ BSP
  • 3/3 - Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s #
  • 3/7 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
  • 3/8 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA #
  • 3/9 - Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong #
  • 3/10 - Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight*
  • 3/11 - Nashville, TN @ DRKMTTR*
  • 3/12 - Little Rock, AR @ White Water Tavern*
  • 3/13 - Denton, TX @ J&J’s Pizza*
  • 3/14 - Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie’s*
  • 3/16 - Austin, TX @ Topshelf Unofficial SXSW Day Party*
  • 3/17 - New Orleans, LA @ The Starlight*
  • 3/18 - Atlanta, GA @ 529*
  • 3/19 - Durham, NC @ Duke Coffeehouse*
  • 3/20 - Baltimore, MD @ Joe Squared*

# = w/ Shannen Moser
* = w/ Another Michael

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