Ratboys // "I Go Out at Night"

Today we're stoked to share the video for the newest Ratboys single, "I Go Out at Night," directed by coool and taken from their upcoming album, Printer's Devil.

Listen to the new single today on your platform of choice and check the video below
Pre-order Printer's Devil on vinyl, CD, cassette, or digital

In addition to the new video, a little reminder that Ratboys will embark on a headlining tour this year, kicking things off with a release show for Printer's Devil in Chicago on February 28. Find the dates below, and have fun at the gig~

  • February 21, 2020 - Madison, WI, US @ Memorial Union Terrace, University of Wisconsin
  • February 28, 2020 - Chicago, IL, US @ Lincoln Hall
  • March 14, 2020 - Urbana, IL, US @ Rose Bowl Tavern
  • March 15, 2020 - Kansas City, MO, US @ The Riot Room
  • March 24, 2020 - Manitou Springs, CO, US @ Lulu's Downstairs
  • March 25, 2020 - Boise, ID, US @ Treefort Music Fest
  • March 26, 2020 - Salt Lake City, UT, US @ Kilby Court
  • March 29, 2020 - Seattle, WA, US @ Barboza
  • March 30, 2020 - Portland, OR, US @ Mississippi Studios
  • April 02, 2020 - San Francisco, CA, US @ Bottom of the Hill
  • April 03, 2020 - Santa Ana, CA, US @ CONSTELLATION ROOM
  • April 04, 2020 - Los Angeles (LA), CA, US @ The Echo
  • April 05, 2020 - La Jolla, CA, US @ Che Cafe, UC San Diego
  • April 07, 2020 - Phoenix, AZ, US @ The Rebel Lounge
  • April 09, 2020 - Denver, CO, US @ Larimer Lounge
  • April 29, 2020 - Pontiac, MI, US @ Pike Room at the Crofoot
  • April 30, 2020 - Lakewood, OH, US @ Mahall's 20 Lanes
  • May 01, 2020 - Pittsburgh, PA, US @ Club Café
  • May 02, 2020 - Toronto, ON, Canada @ Monarch Tavern
  • May 05, 2020 - Allston, MA, US @ Great Scott
  • May 07, 2020 - Brooklyn, NY, US @ Rough Trade NYC
  • May 08, 2020 - Philadelphia, PA, US @ Johnny Brenda's
  • May 09, 2020 - Washington, DC, US @ Songbyrd Music House
  • May 10, 2020 - Richmond, VA, US @ The Camel
  • May 12, 2020 - Atlanta, GA, US @ The Masquerade
  • May 13, 2020 - Nashville, TN, US @ Mercy Lounge / the High Watt
  • May 14, 2020 - Columbus, OH, US @ Rumba Café
  • May 15, 2020 - Louisville, KY, US @ Zanzabar
  • May 16, 2020 - St Louis, MO, US @ Duck Room, Blueberry Hill

View Ratboys merch»
Listen to Ratboys»
View Ratboys tour dates»

No Vacation and Okey Dokey // "Really Truly"

Out everywhere today, “Really Truly” is the dreamlike joint effort by summertime tourmates No Vacation and Okey Dokey.

Kicking off with a quaint sluggishness, “Really Truly” seems to beckon the slow-paced moods of summer before slipping into an upbeat, disjointed phrase cloaked with the calls-and-responses of No Vacation and Okey Dokey. Supple and warm synth tones pepper the song with a comforting pulse, guiding the listener through its delicate, ethereal passages to its skittering, hopeful coda.

Check out the song on your preferred streaming platform today, or scope the video below, animated by Aaron Martin of Okey Dokey. (WARNING: Video may trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy)

View No Vacation merch»
Listen to No Vacation»
View No Vacation tour dates»

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

View LITE merch»
Listen to LITE»
View LITE tour dates»

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

View Elephant Gym merch»
Listen to Elephant Gym»
View Elephant Gym tour dates»

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

View Field Mouse merch»
Listen to Field Mouse»
View Field Mouse tour dates»

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

View Queen of Jeans merch»
Listen to Queen of Jeans»
View Queen of Jeans tour dates»

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."

View Bellows merch»
Listen to Bellows»
View Bellows tour dates»

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.

View Elephant Gym merch»
Listen to Elephant Gym»
View Elephant Gym tour dates»

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.

View Special Explosion merch»
Listen to Special Explosion»
View Special Explosion tour dates»

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.

View Doe merch»
Listen to Doe»
View Doe tour dates»