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Special Explosion posts

Second Look // Dusting off our favorite overlooked songs in our catalog

We combed through the thousands of songs in our catalog and came up with these 21 tracks we think didn't get enough shine when they came out and warrant a second look. read more →


In Film: Topshelf at SXSW 2018

Last March, we had Queen of Jeans, Ratboys, No Vacation, Special Explosion, Gulfer, and Poppies all down in Austin for two awesome parties we hosted. We gave everyone a disposable camera and got them all developed afterward. Here's what turned up! read more →


New Music from Elephant Gym, Annual Label Sampler & Holiday Sale

A slew of discounts, re-stocks, new items—as well as a free download of our new sampler and a surprise album release! read more →


Special Explosion // New "Gig Gab" Out Now!

Peek our newest installment of our interview series, Gig Gab! read more →


Special Explosion // Tour with American Pleasure Club

Catch Special Explosion opening for American Pleasure Club on a full US tour this spring! read more →


Special Explosion // Tour Dates with Girlpool and the Hotelier

The band will be playing some West Coast dates in February read more →


Special Explosion // 'To Infinity' Premiere

Steam Special Explosion's new album in full read more →


Special Explosion // tour dates with Whirr, KEXP session

This September, Special Explosion will be joining Whirr for a few northwest dates. The band also just recorded a live session at Seattle's KEXP which features a sneak at some new material. To see the dates and session, read more →


Prawn // Recording new LP / Split with Joie de Vivre / Tour with You Blew It!

Prawn are set to begin recording a new full-length with Greg Dunn (Moving Mountains) beginning this weekend. The follow up to 2012’s well-received Ships, the new full length album will be recorded at AudioPilot Studios in Boonton, NJ and will be preceded by a split with Rockford, IL’s Joie De Vivre (which we'll be releasing on February 11 with Count Your Lucky Stars Records). read more →


Special Explosion // US tour dates with Teen Suicide

More pieces of the Special Explosion US tour this winter have been coming out! Very excited to announce that they'll be playing four shows with the reunited Teen Suicide! Cam from Old Gray's new band Sorority Noise will be joining the dates as well as Alex G and Us and Us Only on a few of the shows.

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Special Explosion // US tour dates with Foxing

Special Explosion will be hitting the road with St. Louis, MO's Foxing after their dates with Caravels next month. read more →