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We see this space as an opportunity to give a platform for our roster—but moreso, the individual people that comprise our roster—to speak on anything that's important to them, or to simply share anecdotes about their music. Our hope is that this will expand into a curated, open-ended hub for not just news and updates, but also recommendations, behind-the-scenes, "premieres" & exclusives, random musings, calls to action, and as a means for us to riff on what we think is important. Our logo is a speech bubble, after all.

Every post we've ever made going back to 2006 has been meticulously tagged and archived here for you. Use the 'by artist' dropdown or the filters to show posts that're more specific to what you're looking for, or just scroll down to peruse things chronologically. Thanks for reading!
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mouse on the keys // EP Announcement

On January 25th, we will be releasing mouse on the keys' new EP "Out of Body"... read more →


LITE // New Album Announcement

Hopefully the split with mouse on the keys has held you over on new material from LITE... read more →


Ratboys & Dowsing // Tour Kickoff + Split Out Today!

​Today is a big day for Ratboys and Dowsing... read more →


Sorority Noise, Ratboys // East Coast East Coast Fall Tour with Free Throw

​Currently on tour with Bayside and The Menzingers across North America and with a UK headline run and European tour with Turnover shortly thereafter, Sorority Noise deserve a break but instead they'll be playing more shows — this time on the east coast with Ratboys and JANK in tow. read more →


Ratboys // AOID CDs

Since y'all can't seem to get enough of Ratboys's album, AOID, we decided to make CDs... read more →


Happy Diving // "Electric Soul Unity" Out Today!!

As of today, Electric Soul Unity by Happy Diving is *officially* out... read more →


LITE + Mouse on the Keys // Split and North American Tour

We are so excited to announce a Split between LITE and Mouse on the Keys... read more →


Slingshot Dakota // Fall US Tour with Kississippi

​Bethlehem duo Slingshot Dakota have just announced a month long US headline tour that will run through October. For support they are bringing out Philadelphia's Kississippi. They'll also be meeting up with... read more →


Topshelf Records // Looking for Fall Interns

We’re looking for fall interns! If you’re interested and in the San Diego area this fall with reliable transportation to our downtown East Village location... read more →


Field Mouse // "Episodic" Out Now!!

Field Mouse's newest album, Episodic, is out today! It's packed with bangers, like "The Mirror," which NPR described as pulsing "with a frustrated energy, radiating a sharp bitterness about being mistreated." This is an album thats sure to be stuck on repeat. read more →


Ratboys // New Split 7" and UK, Europe & US Tour with Dowsing

​Fellow Chicagoans Ratboys and Dowsing will be embarking on a back-to-back-to-back UK, European & US tour later this year! The bands have also got a split 7" — featuring... read more →


Wildhoney // Added to US Tour with Field Mouse and Cymbals Eat Guitars

With the release of their most recent EP Your Face Sideways and a new split EP coming out soon, this fall Wildhoney is joining Field Mouse and Cymbals Eat Guitars on their upcoming North American tour! read more →


Topshelf Records // Welcome Danielle Leonard

Some of you maybe are already aware of this, but we are psyched psyched psyched to announce that we've hired a new employee... read more →


Happy Diving // Album Premiere via Heartbreaking Bravery, On Full US Tour Now

We are ~officially~ releasing Electric Soul Unity by Happy Diving on August 19th, but Heartbreaking Bravery has an advance stream of the entire album read more →


Slingshot Dakota // New Music Video Premiering on NPR, On Tour Now with Dikembe

Slingshot Dakota have a couple more dates left on their tour with Dikembe... read more →


Bellows // "Fist & Palm" On Cassette, Song Premieres on NPR and The Fader, Tour with PWR BTTM & Lisa Prank

I should preempt everything here in saying that, to date, Bellows' new album Fist & Palm is my favorite of this year. It's a fantastic record that takes me through the gamut of emotion. From grandiose soaring pop highs to introspective sullen lows, the album's eleven tracks are ambitious in both scope and sonic palette. read more →


Field Mouse // "The Order of Things" Song Premiere

The Le Sigh, a website highlighting female-identifying and non-binary artists, ​premiered the latest Field Mouse song, "The Order of Things," today... read more →


No Joy // Drool Sucker out today!

​​Today is the day! Drool Sucker by No Joy is out... read more →


Eerie Summer // "the way i don't understand anything anymore" Added to Our 2016 Cassette Series

"Instantly hooked." That's the most concise way I can describe the immediacy in which ​Eerie Summer's the way i don't understand anything anymore struck me on first listen read more →


Artie Tea // New Album, "Out of a Seaweed Dream"

Just over five years ago, we released An Evening With... — a raucous, high energy pop-filled gem of a 7″ EP for Boston’s The Clippers. Just like their songs, the band ended almost as abruptly as they started, leaving us and many others wanting more of singer Josh Croteau’s smooth vocal delivery and quirky guitar hooks. read more →


The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die, Prawn, and The Velvet Teen // Tour with Hey Mercedes

Celebrating the 15 year anniversary of their album, "Everynight Fire Works," Hey Mercedes are taking The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die, Prawn, and The Velvet Teen out on tour... read more →


Solids // UK tour with PUP

Having recently returned from a UK run with Metz, Solids won't be getting a break from touring any time soon... read more →


Slingshot Dakota // East Coast Tour with Dikembe

Having recently released their new full-length album, Break, Slingshot Dakota is about to head out on an East Coast tour... read more →


Happy Diving // New Album, North American Tour

Oakland's sludgy rock group, Happy Diving, will be releasing their upcoming album, Electric Soul Unity, through us on August 19th and we couldn't be more excited! Today, Stereogum is streaming the song "Holy Ground"... read more →


Field Mouse // New Album, US Tour with Cymbals Eat Guitars

Brooklyn's Field Mouse will be releasing their killer new album Episodic on August 5th, 2016. Last week NPR premiered the first single "The Mirror," raving over "Browne's knack for melody and careful syntax." Today you can get another taste of what to expect... read more →


Solids // East Coast Tour; Select Dates with Stove, Diet Cig

Solids are heading out to tour the east coast joined byDiet Cig and Stove — for dates, info and tickets, read more →


Sorority Noise // UK & European Tour Dates with Puppy and Turnover

Sorority Noise have announced a run of UK & European Tour Dates with Puppy and Turnover this coming October. read more →


LITE // East Coast Tour with TTNG

Japan's instrumental rockers LITE have been announced as support for a short run of dates along the east coast with TTNG.​ LITE released physical versions of... read more →


Jay Som // North American Tour with Mitski, Japanese Breakfast

Jay Som, who released her album "Turn Into" on cassette with us earlier this year, is set to go on tour with Mitski and Japanese Breakfast! read more →


No Joy // New "Drool Sucker" EP, UK & European Tour, Select Dates with White Lung

We are working with No Joy to release their new EP, "Drool Sucker"! UK and European dates announced. read more →