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Field Mouse // "Heart of Gold" Video Released

Yesterday saw the drop of Field Mouse's new video for "Heart of Gold" with an exclusive premiere, courtesy of The Alternative.

The video for “Heart of Gold,” the [new] album’s second track, was shot entirely on an iPhone and, like the record, is simultaneously intimate and expansive. Gorgeous, wide open spaces form the backdrop for the band’s camaraderie as they dance and sing along to the shimmering tune.

Check out the video in the embed below and make sure to add the new album Meaning to your library on your favorite streaming platform.

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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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Queen of Jeans // Watch the new Bob Sweeney-directed video for "All the Same"

Premiering today over at FLOOD Magazine is the new music video from Philly's Queen of Jeans. Taken from the upcoming release, If you're not afraid, I'm not afraid, "All the Same" imagines what it might feel like to be in a significant relationship that is unraveling while still tethered to one another on levels beyond romantic. Check out the premiere on FLOOD or smash the play button on the embed below.


If you're not afraid, I'm not afraid will be out on August 23, 2019. Pre-order it today or pre-save it on your preferred platform.

Queen of Jeans is currently on tour in support of The Menzingers. Grab yourself some tickets today!

  • 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

The band will also play four album release shows in September.

  • September 5 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
  • September 6 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
  • September 7 - Brooklyn, NY @ Goldsounds
  • September 8 - Boston, MA @ ONCE Ballroom

Later in the year, Queen of Jeans will go out on a long US tour with From Indian Lakes.

  • November 9, 2019 - Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
  • November 11, 2019 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
  • November 12, 2019 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
  • November 15, 2019 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
  • November 16, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
  • November 17, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
  • November 19, 2019 - Washington DC @ Songbyrd
  • November 20, 2019 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
  • November 21, 2019 – Nashville, TN @ High Watt
  • November 23, 2019 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
  • November 25, 2019 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
  • November 26, 2019 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
  • December 3, 2019 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
  • December 4, 2019 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
  • December 5, 2019 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
  • December 7, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
  • December 8, 2019 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
  • December 10, 2019 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
  • December 11, 2019 – Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theater

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Queen of Jeans // If you're not afraid, I'm not afraid Announced

The Philadelphia-based crockpot pop group have announced their forthcoming record, If you're not afraid, I'm not afraid, to be released on August 23, 2019. Check out the Bob Sweeney-directed video for the album's lead single, "Get Lost," below.

On If you're not afraid, I'm not afraid, Queen of Jeans paired with prominent producer Will Yip to enter into a new sonic era. It marks a decided turn to more tightly knit songwriting that emphasizes Queen of Jeans' most alluring strengths. Vocals shine through as the sun through clouds, drenching twangy, western-reminiscent guitar in evocative light, illuminating the album's vast and serene crockpot soundscapes. If you're not afraid, I'm not afraid is an impactful collection of songs that stand for something real; Queen of Jeans' invitation to the listener to embrace their own stories, no matter how scary it may seem.

Pre-order the album today on vinyl, CD, or cassette.



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Bellows // "Rosebush" Official Music Video and Interview with Lillie West (Lala Lala)

Yesterday the new video for Bellows's "Rosebush" was premiered at Talkhouse alongside an extensive, wonderfully in-depth conversation between Oliver Kalb (Bellows) and Lillie West (Lala Lala). The pair's conversation touched on creative processes, songwriting, and their shared affinity for the band Why?. Enjoy the video below with a few words from Oliver about the origins of "Rosebush."

Bellows will be on tour this summer with Gabby's World, which will include a rare run of west coast dates. Make sure to mark your calendars!

"The song "Rosebush" is basically about being an artist," explains Oliver Kalb, frontperson and principal songwriter of the project known as Bellows. As with much of Kalb's recent record, The Rose Gardener, "Rosebush" explores the doubled-edges of artmaking, revealing uncomfortable self-truths in pursuit of beauty and happiness. Kalb elaborates on this concept as "a big romantic extended metaphor about pursuing beauty despite the pain it can bring — I'm chasing this rose monster through the woods, trying my hardest to get to it, but it's kind of unattainable. At the end of the video I just become a rose myself, a creature indistinguishable from the inspiration I'm trying to chase."

Directed by Dan Shure of Charly Bliss, the video follows Kalb's portrayal of his album's eponymous character and a sentient rosebush. Inspired in part by the characters of Noel Fielding, the rosebush character is meant to "tread a line between being funny and being sort of horrifying."

Having always admired Charly Bliss for making theatrical, narrative-led music videos, pairing up with Dan Shure was the perfect opportunity to capture this sort of fun, larger-than-life energy that could act as a further extension of the central metaphor of "Rosebush," encapsulating the complicated intersections of inspiration and output. As Kalb confesses, "it can feel that way to be an artist sometimes, like after you fall deeply into art for enough time, there's no essential person you are anymore outside of your relentless pursuit of something beautiful or meaningful."

Ultimately, this pursuit may boil down to a persisting sense of childlike wonderment with the world, chasing sensations as they come and go, growing simply through trial and error. Perhaps this is what Kalb alludes to in the coda of "Rosebush," singing, "like a child I need these roses / though thorns enclose them / I reach out my hand and try to hold."

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Elephant Gym // Audiotree Live

While on their recent tour through the US, Elephant Gym graced the Audiotree Live studio with an absolutely dizzying performance. The session shows the trio's talents in full bloom, featuring a setlist that spans the band's entire catalog, starting off with the agile and unpredictable title track from their most recent record, Underwater. Watch the whole performance and interview below, or save it for later on your favorite streaming platform.

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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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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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Special Explosion // New "Gig Gab" Out Now!

A new episode of "Gig Gab" with very special guest Special Explosion is up on the Topshelf 'Tube today! Press play, sit back, and catch up with the Seattle four-piece as we talk recording the new album, touring, Isaac Brock, and the bands they're listening to these days.


Like what you hear? Listen to their latest release To Infinity.

Want even more? Check out Pitchfork's review of the new full-length.

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Doe // New Single, "Labour like I Do"

Topshelf Records and Big Scary Monsters recently announced the signing of London indie rock trio Doe, who will be releasing their second album, Grow into It, on September 28, 2018. Today we're excited to share the upcoming record's second single, "Labour like I Do," with a premiere on NPR.

"'Labour like I Do' is one of those songs that came flowing out like a stream of consciousness," says singer and guitarist Nicola Leel. "For that reason it’s lyrically one of the more straight up songs on the record, but sometimes it’s cool when you blurt out a bunch of words to music and realise you’ve used songwriting as a form of accidental therapy."

Not only is "Labour like I Do" accidentally therapeutic, but it's also infectiously fun and catchy. On this single, Doe experimented a bit beyond their general formula, deftly incorporating synth and slide guitar to accentuate their crafty indie rock hooks that feature clever, polyphonous vocal work. The catchy hooks trade off dynamically before exploding into an anthemic climax that shows a focused band with an ear for powerfully authentic songwriting.

Check out the video, directed by Andrew Northrop, below.


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