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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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    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.

    shot and directed by Field Mouse

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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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