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Field Mouse // East coast tour with Long Neck

Starting tonight in Albany, NY is the Winter Chills Tour 2019, featuring Long Neck and our very own Field Mouse. If you're on the East Coast, make sure to slide the appropriate date into your calendar and make it to the gig!

And in case you missed it: Field Mouse put out the wonderfully lush and hazy Meaning earlier this year. Listen to it today on your favorite platform.

  • December 4, 2019 - Albany, NY @ Buddie's Basement
  • December 6, 2019 - Portland, ME @ Sun Tiki Studios
  • December 7, 2019 - Providence, RI @ Askew
  • December 8, 2019 - Boston, MA @ O'Brien's
  • December 9, 2019 - Middletown, CT @ Mac 650
  • December 10, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefield
  • December 11, 2019 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge
  • December 12, 2019 - New Brunswick, NJ @ House
  • December 13, 2019 - Newark, DE @ The Temple
  • December 14, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA @ Couchtown

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No Vacation // Phasing

No Vacation's latest release Phasing is out everywhere today. Check out the band discussing the new record in today's i-D interview with Nick Fulton.

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Phasing is also available on vinyl and cassette.

Phasing is the latest collection of songs from the wavy-gravy dream-pop group No Vacation, comprised of five tracks that laconically capture the band's evolution and compositional acumen. While some cuts took only a couple months to complete, others had years-long gestation periods, showing the band's awareness that patience can be a powerful artistic tool. The collaborative writing process on Phasing further demonstrates No Vacation's growth, wherein each member made contributions outside of their primary instrument. Emboldened by this experimentation, each title on Phasing features a distinct structural turn, either breaking up a song entirely in half, or deftly transitioning to an unexpected mood or phrase. The result is an instrumentally dynamic, multigenre foray that calls on the sounds of shoegaze and 90s alternative rock, even boasting string arrangements which hearken back to the Romantic Era.

Catch the band live this fall:

  • November 09, 2019 - Pico Rivera, CA, US @ Tropicalia Festival
  • November 16, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY, US @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

art by Sab Mai

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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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Solids // Farewell Shows

Shortly after their first and only release on Topshelf in 2016—Else—the legendary alt-rock Quebeckers Solids quietly went on hiatus. Now, a few years later, the band is ready to officially call it quits with a run of three shows in Toronto, Quebec City, and Montreal. They are sure to be raucous and full of love, so make sure to get to the gigs if you are near those greater metropolitan areas!

♥ Listen to Else

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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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Another Michael // Fall Tour with Beach Bunny

Another Michael will join Beach Bunny for a string of ten shows this November along the east coast, including a couple midwest shows and a short trip to Toronto, Canada.

They'll have copies of their newest EP, LAND, which you might like to brush up on before getting to the gig!

dates:

  • November 16, 2019 - Detroit @ El Club
  • November 17, 2019 - Toronto @ Hard Luck
  • November 20, 2019 - Boston @ Great Scott
  • November 21, 2019 - New York @ Rough Trade
  • November 22, 2019 - Philadelphia @ Philamoca
  • November 23, 2019 - DC @ Songbyrd
  • November 24, 2019 - Carboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
  • November 25, 2019 - Atlanta @ Drunken Unicorn
  • November 26, 2019 - Nashville @ DRKMTTR
  • November 27, 2019 - Columbus @ Big Room Bar

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No Vacation // "Days"

Out today, "Days" is the latest dreamy roller from No Vacation's upcoming EP, Phasing. The release's penultimate track cruises and sways upon a rolling groove of curious, winding bass and No Vacation's signature guitar twang. Its reverb-soaked vocals call on nostalgia for days long passed, building up to the song's instrumentally dynamic climax where a dozen layers of strings envelop the arrangement in a shimmering display of the group's penchant for compositional tension and release. "Days" proves to be a quintessential No Vacation number, dabbling as it does in evocative, shoegazey dream-pop that leaves listeners warm and hopeful.

Listen to "Days" on your platform of choice

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art by Sab Mai

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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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Boyscott // Goose Bumps

We're elated to announce that Topshelf Records has teamed up with Babe City Records to jointly reissue Boyscott's widely loved surf-pop debut, Goose Bumps.

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On Goose Bumps, Connecticut's Boyscott present ten upbeat tracks that forge together elements of surf rock and bedroom pop. Weaving the supple sounds of yore into the techniques of today, Boyscott's distinct bedroom-recorded bops betray the limitations of their modest studio situation with a sonic depth not commonly associated with lo-fi projects.

Originally released in 2015, Goose Bumps is getting its first vinyl pressing with a co-release by Topshelf Records and Babe City Records. Although it took a few years of rotating casts, various makeshift studio experiences, and over a hundred shows, Boyscott have clearly carved out their own place in the world, garnering millions of streams and selling out many DIY physical pressings in the process. Read below for tour dates, and enjoy the record!


layout by Scott Hermo

upcoming Boyscott tour dates:

  • September 13, 2019 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Message the band for address
  • September 14, 2019 - Hartford, CT @ Wherehouse
  • September 16, 2019 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers
  • September 17, 2019 - Ann Arbor, MI @ The Blind Pig ✧
  • September 18, 2019 - Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village ✧
  • September 19, 2019 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s Locker Rm ✧
  • September 20, 2019 - Kenyon College @ The Horn Gallery ✧
  • September 21, 2019 - Penn State @ Message the band for address ✧
  • September 22, 2019 - Bard College @ SMOG
  • September 25, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer ❍
  • September 26, 2019 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ❍
  • September 27, 2019 - New York City @ Webster Hall ❍
  • September 28, 2019 - Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall ❍
  • September 29, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel ❍
  • October 10, 2019 - Portsmouth, NH @ 3s Artspace ▨
  • October 11, 2019 - Providence, RI @ Columbus Theater ▨
  • October 12, 2019 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street ▨
  • October 17, 2019 - Queens, NY @ Trans Pecos
  • October 26, 2019 - Lyme, CT @ Foliage Folk Festival
✧ = supporting Den-Mate
❍ = supporting Pinegrove
▨ = supporting Vundabar



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