No Vacation // Listen to "Estrangers" from the Upcoming EP, Phasing

We're extra pumped today to share the newest track from No Vacation with you, entitled "Estrangers," the first single from the group's upcoming EP Phasing, out October 18, 2019. Check out the new track today on your preferred music listening platform, or sign up to be notified when physical pre-orders are live.

Sung in a calm whisper over meandering guitar and a bossa nova-reminiscent groove, "Estrangers" is the latest indulgence from the ethereal dream-pop group. Originally begun at a house party in late 2016, "Estrangers" took longer than most songs to complete. In spite of personal struggles and feelings of estrangement, the song was eventually finished in early 2019 with the addition of Romantic Era-inspired cello parts, resulting in the song's beautifully nostalgic string climax that sings with pure, cutting emotion.

No Vacation - Phasing

  1. "Estrangers"
  2. "Changes"
  3. "Out of Place"
  4. "Days"
  5. "Last Dance"

out October 18, 2019

art by Sab Mai

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Another Michael // August Tour Dates

Later this month, Another Michael will be playing some dates around the northeast with just Mike and then one with the whole band. They'll have copies of their newest EP, LAND, and you might wanna brush up on it before heading to a show! Dates and info for everything below:

Full band w/ Colamo and Michael Cormier:
  • 8/19- Philadelphia @ Philamoca

Solo w/ Bruiser and Bicycle:

  • 8/21 - Rochester, NY @ Small World Books
  • 8/22 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Room
  • 8/23 - Syracuse, NY @ The Deli
  • 8/25 - Burlington, VT @ The Lamp Shop
  • 8/27 - Albany, NY @ Buddie’s Basement

Solo w/ Gabe Goodman and Joanna Sternberg:

  • 8/28- Queens, NY @ Trans-Pecos

Solo w/ Wes, It’s Fine:

  • 8/31- Philadelphia, PA @ Anthorna Gallery

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Alfred. // Southern tour with Proper.

The multifarious Alfred. will embark on a run of southern dates with the band Proper. later this August, starting in Richmond and meandering through the South before parting ways in Charlotte, NC.

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  • August 25, 2019 - Richmond, VA @ Mushroom Gorge
  • August 26, 2019 - Louisville, KY @ The Mammoth
  • August 27, 2019 - Memphis, TN @ The Hi-Tone
  • August 28, 2019 - Kansas City, MO @ The Bebop
  • August 29, 2019 - Norman, OK @ The Resonator
  • August 31, 2019 - New Orleans, LA @ Hey! Cafe
  • September 3, 2019 - Birmingham, AL @ Church of Hot Addiction
  • September 4, 2019 - Atlanta, GA @ Mother Bar
  • September 5, 2019 - Charlotte, NC @ Snuf Harbor

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Field Mouse // Listen to "Black Hole, Son" from the upcoming album, Meaning

Today we're thrilled to share Field Mouse's "Back Hole, Son" ahead of the release of their forthcoming album, Meaning. Check out the premiere at Atwood Magazine or press play on the embed below.

"Black Hole, Son" is propelled by earwormy hooks and a vibrant pop honesty. Its strum-along verses crash into the infectious chorus with aplomb and compositional tact, together forging an entrancing, complete pop number.

Meaning will be out on August 16, 2019. Pre-order it today or pre-save on your preferred platform.

Field Mouse will be touring in support of Summer Cannibals in a couple weeks, so scope the dates and grab your tickets before they're gone!

  • August 15, 2019 - Boston, MA @ ONCE Ballroom
  • August 16, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
  • August 17, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
  • August 18, 2019 - Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong

Additionally, the band will also be playing Pitt Gets Alternative, a fest brought to you by The Alternative, The Grey Estates, and Don't Let the Scene Go Down on Me! Collective. Loads of rad bands will be playing so don't sleep on this, Pittsburgh!

  • September 20, 2019 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Mr. Roboto Project

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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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LITE and Elephant Gym // Fall US Tour

Coming off the release of their sixth full-length album, the Japanese math-rock quartet LITE will tour the US this fall, starting off with a three show run in the northeast before heading to the west coast and teaming up with Taiwan's Elephant Gym. Dates along the Pacific will begin in Vancouver and run all the way through to Phoenix. Check out the tour schedule below and grab your tickets before it's too late!

LITE dates

  • October 24, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
  • October 25, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA @ MilkBoy
  • October 26, 2019 - Washington, DC @ DC9

LITE and Elephant Gym dates

  • 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

Listen to LITE's most recent release, Multiple

"truly insane and absolutely delightful"
-The Alternative

Listen to Elephant Gym's most recent release, Underwater

"the bass-led, jazz-influenced math rock trio deserves to be lauded and more, and the whole world knows"

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Field Mouse // Looking for joy in a frightening world on their new track, "In Blue"

Taken from the band's forthcoming record, Meaning, "In Blue" shows off Field Mouse's pop proclivities in a rolling dream-rock influenced number underpinned by warm, undulating synth, nostalgic chord progressions, and skittering tambourine. Led by Rachel Browne's distinct and direct singing style, "In Blue" invites us to focus our energy into that which brings us joy.

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Ending an unplanned hiatus begun in 2016, the Brooklyn- and Philly-based Field Mouse have resurfaced to release their third full-length record, entitled Meaning. Slowly and painstakingly put together during politically tumultuous times, Meaning naturally came to be a record about "growing as a person despite the feeling of global entropy," as guitarist, vocalist, and lead writer Rachel Browne describes. But what exactly is the function of art in such a chaotic world? Over the course of Meaning's 11-song runtime, Field Mouse deftly posits their own answers to this tricky question, maneuvering between issues of growth, social media, insomnia, and forgiveness, the result of which is a nimbly composed dream pop record with infectious inflections of shoegaze and indie rock.

Meaning, the third full-length album from Field Mouse, will be out via Topshelf Records on August 16, 2019. Pre-order the album today on vinyl, CD, or cassette.

Tour dates with Summer Cannibals:

  • August 15, 2019 - Boston, MA @ ONCE Ballroom
  • August 16, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
  • August 17, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
  • August 18, 2019 - Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong

photo by Katie Krulock

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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

flyer by Alex Peterson

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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.

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Field Mouse // Listen to "Heart of Gold" from the upcoming album Meaning

Today we're really excited to announce the upcoming release of Meaning, the third full length album by the Brooklyn- and Philly-based indie rock group Field Mouse, out this summer, August 16.

While listeners have previously described Field Mouse's sound as something akin to a shoegazey dream pop, Meaning marks a decided turn to less obscured realms, boasting 11 songs about finding meaning at the end of the world.

"A lot has happened in the three years since our last record came out. While there is far too much to say about it all in one place, we wrote this album anyway. What are the broad strokes, you ask? It's more or less about the end of the world and all of the ways that it seems to be happening, but also about making peace with former selves and growing as a person despite the feeling of global entropy. Also: strange internet versions of our friends and selves, bouts of insomnia and picking through the dreams that followed, the importance of forgiveness, and creating meaning in a world that increasingly feels like total chaos. What is the function of art in a place like this? Is anything we make going to last? I am not sure, but here are 11 songs looking for the answer. What I do know is that art connects us to each other and to our feelings and our selves. It is a liferaft, and I hope that we can all continue to put it into the world, appreciate it, and share it indefinitely.

Ahead of the album's release, we're sharing lead single "Heart of Gold" today on Bandcamp. Album pre-orders also launch today on both our Bandcamp and the Topshelf Records store.

"Heart of Gold" boasts all the makings of a quintessential guitar-pop hit, opening the record with determined bombast and urgency. It features guitarist and lead singer Rachel Browne's diaphanous vocals mirrored by feverish yet nimble guitar hooks, creating an organic, deftly layered rock composition.

Lead single "Heart of Gold" will be out worldwide on June 28. Pre-save the album today on Spotify or Apple Music.

Meaning tracklist:

  1. Meaning
  2. Heart of Gold
  3. In Blue
  4. Skygazing
  5. Black Hole, Son
  6. White Elephant
  7. Visitors
  8. Apocalypse Whenever
  9. Birthday Song
  10. Plague No. 8
  11. Blind Spot

album cover photograph by Katie Krulock // layout by Kevin Duquette

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