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Ratboys // "GM" Music Video & US Tour with Italy's DAGS!

Get a glimpse of what it's like to hang out with Chicago-based band, Ratboys, in their new "GM" music video. They recap their tour adventures and personal stories in this folksy, sweetly-sung track – shot entirely on a Go-Pro, the band makes it easy for fans to go behind the scenes and get a feel for life on the road.

Check out their second full length album GN and don't miss them take the stage with DAGS! at a venue near you!

  • 10/20 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *
  • 10/21 - Lexington, KY @ The Burl *
  • 10/22 - Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar *
  • 10/24 - Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge *
  • 10/25 - Birmingham, AL @ Syndicate Lounge *
  • 10/26 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder *
  • 10/27 - Gainesville, FL @ The Fest 16
  • 10/28 - Greenville, SC @ The Radio Room *
  • 10/29 - Knoxville, TN @ Open Chord *
  • 10/31 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room *
  • 11/01 - Washington, DC @ DC9 *
  • 11/02 - Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits *
  • 11/03 - New York, NY @ Union Pool *
  • 11/04 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs *

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Inns // Topshelf Records Cassette Series

The very first release in our cassette series is Jay Som’s Turn Into and I feel it really has set the tone for the series as a whole. I only bring up this entirely different ~seemingly~ unrelated album to talk about its similarities with another one. In addition to being sonically cut from a similar cloth, the execution, overall sequencing, and the unique qualifier of having been entirely self-played and self-recorded intrinsically tie Inns’ debut album Animal to Turn Into for me. So I’m thrilled to announce that we’ll be including Inns’ debut Animal as the newest addition to our cassette series!

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Animal is the debut album from Jim O’Donnell’s Boston-based solo recording project Inns. The band’s just played their very first show just yesterday and at the time of my writing this has a mere 23, uh, “likes” on Facebook. It basically makes no financial sense to be releasing this record (or any record, really lol) until you listen to it and realize how beautiful it is and how much other people need to hear it.

My favorite track on the album, “Party Talk”, I think best encapsulates what I love so much about this the record as a whole—there’s a somberness that grows and swells into a euphoric repeating synth line that makes me feel like what little kids feel like when they roll down a hill or spin in a circle too fast. It’s a great moment that masks the somberness of the track while never fully covering it up. And I think this entire record kind of flows like that—there’s plenty of catchy and upbeat hooks, and yet an underlying reflectively somber feel persists throughout.

FFO: Hovvdy, Horse Jumper of Love, Jay Som, Bellows, Lomelda, Legs Like Tree Trunks, The American Analog Set

Inns have a few shows coming up in the Boston area and pre-orders for Animal are available now as part of our ongoing cassette series.

As always, thank you thank you thank you for listening.

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Us and Us Only // "Kno" Music Video Premiere

The new music video for Baltimore natives' Us and Us Only's new track "Kno" centers a relationship losing its momentum around stunning pastel visuals, "the whole thing resonating far more greatly than a sub four-minute music video has the right to do," as raved by Gold Flake Paint. Simple shots of colorful flowers, neon signs, and floating bubbles matched with the complications of a dwindling commitment are wrapped together with the song's mulling beat and gentle vocals, creating a poignant, indie package.

Check out the "punishing and weighty watch" below and pre-order the band's upcoming album Full Flower here.

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Us and Us Only // "Full Flower" Video

In their new music video for the title track off their upcoming album Full Flower, Baltimore indie rock group Us and Us Only perform under a moody light show in a makeshift living room set up in an empty warehouse. Clrvynt calls the video an exciting addition for old fans and "the perfect introduction" for newcomers who are unfamiliar with the band's subversive riffs and dejected lyrics.

Check out Us and Us Only's upcoming dates and grab a pre-order for Full Flower.

Full Flower will be available on CD, cassette, vinyl, and digitally on July 14th.

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Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) // "A Keepsake" Music Video

Today, Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) put out their very first music video—and it's amazing. "A Keepsake" premiered via BrooklynVegan, where you can read all about what inspired the style of this incredible video, which was animated by the talented Jeremy Lowther.

The track is from You Will Eventually Be Forgotten, the band's last LP before calling it quits.

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Heat // "Lush" Music Video + Tour Dates

The music video for "Lush" by Heat premiered on Clrvynt and Chart Attack today!

Heat is also doing a bunch of tour dates early next year!

  • Feb. 2 — Montreal, QC @ Ritz PDB
  • Feb. 4 — Quebec, QC @ L’Anti
  • Feb. 8 — Ottawa, ON @ Dominion Tavern
  • Feb. 9 — Toronto, ON @ Baby G
  • Feb. 10 — London, ON @ NZK Palace
  • Feb. 11 — Guelph, ON @ Hillside Inside Festival
  • Feb. 12 — Hamilton, ON @ Casbah
  • Feb. 24 — Sherbrooke, QC @ La Petite Boite Noire
  • Mar. 4 — Saint-Hyacinthe, QC @ Zaricot
  • Mar. 8 — New Haven, CT @ BAR (w/ Navy Gangs)
  • Mar. 9 — New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (w/ Mercury Girls + Navy Gangs)
  • Mar. 10 — Baltimore, MD @ The Windup Space (w/ Mercury Girls + Navy Gangs)
  • Mar. 11 — Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 (w/ Navy Gangs)
  • Mar. 14 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • Mar. 15 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • Mar. 16 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • Mar. 17 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • Mar. 18 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • Mar. 19 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • Apr. 18 — St John, NB @ Callahans Pub
  • Apr. 19 — Sackville, NB @ Thunder & Lightning
  • Apr. 20 — Halifax, NS @ Seahorse Tavern
  • Apr. 21 — Fredericton, NB @ Flourish Festival
  • Apr. 22 — Moncton, NB @ Claude’s House

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DANGERS // New Music Video + East Coast and European Tour Dates

After recently releasing their newest full-length, The Bend in the Break, DANGERS just put out a video for "Kiss With Spit". It was directed by Ricky Lesser and Mitch Wells and BrooklynVegan said it "matches the song’s pissed-off vibes."

The band also just announced East Coast and European dates:

EAST COAST:
12/26: NYC @ Shea Stadium
12/28: Montclair, NJ @ The Meat Locker
12/29: Wallingford, CT @ WAMLEG
12/30 (evening): Worcester, MA @ Distant Castle and
12/30 (night): Boston, MA @ Middle East
12/31 (matinee): Brooklyn, NY @ Gold Sounds

EUROPE w/ Swain:
1/2: London, UK @ Black Heart *just DANGERS
1/3: Cologne, DE @ Privat
1/4: Antwerp, BE @ Den Eglantier
1/5: Utrecht, NL @ Ekko
1/6: Berlin, DE @ Jugendklub Linse
1/7: Darmstadt, DE @ Oettinger Villa

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Sorority Noise // "Joy, Departed"

Today we're excited to announce Joy, Departed, the new record from Sorority Noise, set to be released June 16th. Pre-orders for the album will be available on May 12th, 2015 (sign up here to be notified when they do), alongside the premiere of the first single from the record. You can watch the Joy, Departed teaser video below, where some weird looking members of Sorority Noise talk about the writing process behind this brilliant new record.

The follow up to last year's debut record Forgettable (released by Broken World Media and StormChasers in the US, Dog Knights in the UK and Europe), Joy, Departed is a dynamic and thrilling step forward for Sorority Noise. One year, two music degrees and a whole lot of openness and expression went into the creation of this beautifully crafted record. With an album full of lovely orchestral swells, Weezer-esque guitar solos and cheery pop hits, the band shows off their versatility and talent on throughout the album, creating a perfect front to back record. The incredible sincerity frontman and lyricist Cameron Boucher puts into his songs is impressive — and when backed with this much musical talent, we're really excited to see where this year takes them.

The album's track listing and cover art are up now and the band has a pretty insane run of touring lined up in the coming months with Modern Baseball, Spraynard, The Weaks, Clique, Fireworks, Turnover, Motion City Soundtrack and The Spill Canvas — dates and info are below:

  • 5/22 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar*
  • 5/23 - Howell, MI @ Bled Fest
  • 5/24 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom*
  • 5/27 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary#
  • 5/28 - Amityville, NY @ The Amityville Music Hall#
  • 5/29 - New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall#
  • 5/30 - Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East Upstairs#
  • 6/02 - Ottowa, ON @ Ritual#
  • 6/03 - Toronto, ON @ Hardluck Bar#
  • 6/04 - Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room#
  • 6/05 - Lakeland, OH @ Mahall's 20 Lanes#
  • 6/06 - Chicago, IL @ The Beat Kitchen#
  • 6/07 - Detroit, MI - The Shelter#
  • 7/11 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoes^
  • 7/12 - Lansing, MI @ Common Ground Music Festival^
  • 7/14 - Nashville, TN @ Exit In^
  • 7/16 - St. Petersburg, Fl @ The State Theatre^
  • 7/17 - Orlando, FL @  The Beach Theatre ^
  • 7/18 - Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy's By The Sea^
  • 7/20 - Norfolk, VA @ Norva^
  • 7/21 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage^
  • 7/24 - Westbury, NY @ The Space at Westbury^
  • 7/25 - Hartford, CT @ The Webster Theater^
  • 7/26 - Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall^
  • 7/27 - Clifton, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall^
  • 7/29 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House^
  • 7/30 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall^
  • 7/31 - Kalamazoo, MI @ District Square^
  • 8/01 - Peoria, IL @ Limelight Eventplex^
  • 8/02 - Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe^

* with Modern Baseball, Spraynard, The Weaks & Clique
# with Fireworks & Turnover
^ Motion City Soundtrack Commit This To Memory Tour w/ The Spill Canvas

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Boys Life // Topshelf Records

Back in 1996, Seth and I were in middle school. While, completely unbeknownst to us, one of our favorite records of all time was being recorded. Nearly twenty years later, and here we are re-releasing Boys Life's seminal Departures and Landfalls. Taking cues from greats like Drive Like Jehu and Fugazi, melding that with the sounds of a flourishing midwest scene and incorporating their own take on things to arrive at a truly unique and defining sound, the band wrote what is now considered to be a landmark album for a genre that Seth and I care dearly about.

Being released August 14, 2015, the re-issue's packaging will feature a double LP, gatefold jacket with spot gloss and slightly updated artwork — with two vinyl colors to choose from. You can sign up to be notified when pre-orders go up now.

The band will also be playing a reunion show of sorts with fellow Kansas City band Giants ChairDetails for that are here with more shows to be announced at a later date.

Thanks!

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