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Topshelf Records // 2015 CMJ Showcase

October once again marks our annual pilgrimage to New York City for CMJ. We'll be hosting our showcase on the 15th and — per usual — it's free, all ages and a good time! Details are below:

Topshelf Records CMJ Showcase
Thursday, October 15, 2015
@ Shea Stadium, Brooklyn, NY
7:00pm, All Ages, Free
RSVP here

Free vinyl, tote bags, CDs, posters and more while it all lasts!

Listen to a playlist we put together highlighting each band on Spotify or on SoundCloud.

(listen to Clique on bandcamp since they aren't on those sites ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

See ya there!

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Topshelf Records @ SXSW 2015

Our annual spring migration to Austin, TX is nearly upon us! This year we are very happy to have The Ally Coalition on board with us in hosting our showcase — they do incredibly important work and we're thrilled to have them on board. Like last year, we'll be hosting the show at Soho Lounge at 217 E 6th in downtown Austin. There's no cover and we've got Stone Brewing involved to make sure the drinks are cheap! RSVP for the show here (we also created a Facebook event page if that's more your thing).

We'll also have loads of free giveaways for all attendees including slip mats, 7-inch records (courtesy of the fine people at Gotta Groove Records, limited to 500 and exclusive to this show), our label sampler CD, canvas tote bags, stickers, screen printed posters (courtesy of Charlie Wagers Creative) and t-shirts — there are varying quantities of everything so get there early!

Here's the line-up and set times:

If you're not familiar with any of the bands playing, we created a Youtube playlist featuring a music video from each artist as well as a SoundCloud playlist with a track from each. Also, per usual, if you can't make it, our friends at Light & Noise will post some video footage afterward. Lastly, this event is an unofficial SXSW showcase, so there's no need for a badge or wristband to attend.

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Donovan Wolfington // New music video, US tour with Ovlov and Pope

Last month Donovan Wolfington released their Scary Stories You Tell in the Dark EP, but today we've got a new music video for "Keef Ripper", the fourth song on the EP. Filmed and directed by Ally Newbold and edited by Klein Brothers Audiovisual, the band had this to say about it:

"We had a party over Mardi gras and filmed. All of the naked boys and friendships are real."

The band will be taking this party to the road with Ovlov and Pope later this summer — dates and info for their first full US tour are directly below:

  • 6/07/2014 Houston, TX @ Summit*
  • 6/08/2014 Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain*
  • 6/09/2014 Dallas, TX @ 1919 Hemphill*
  • 6/11/2014 Albuquerque, NM @ The Gasworks*
  • 6/12/2014 Mesa, AZ @ 51 West*
  • 6/13/2014 San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe*
  • 6/14/2014 Los Angeles, CA @ Bridgetown DIY*
  • 6/15/2014 Oakland, CA @ TBA
  • 6/16/2014 Redding, CA @ Pasty House*
  • 6/17/2014 Seattle, WA @ El Corazan Lounge*
  • 6/18/2014 Portland, OR @ Slabtown*
  • 6/19/2014 Boise, ID @ Shredder*
  • 6/20/2014 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Shred Shed*
  • 6/21/2014 Denver, CO @ 7th Circle Collevective*
  • 6/22/2014 Kansas City, MO @ Art Closet Studio*
  • 6/24/2014 Chicago, IL @ Gnarnia*
  • 6/26/2014 Toronto, ON @ Parts & Labor^
  • 6/27/2014 Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola^
  • 6/28/2014 Brighton, MA @ Roggies^
  • 6/29/2014 Bloomfield, CT @ Nicolas' Cage^
  • 6/30/2014 New York, NY @ Shea Stadium^
  • 7/1/2014 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire^
  • 7/2/2014 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter^
  • 7/4/2014 Nashville, TN @Neuhau5^

* = w/ Pope
^ = w/ Ovlov

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Topshelf Records // SXSW 2014

Last year around this time we were jumping in pools, hugging our friends, grillin' up veggie dogs and watching all of our favorite bands play all around Austin. So we're really excited to head back and do it again! We've put together a little teaser to re-cap last year's shows and get you excited for this year's — you can view that directly below. Special thanks to our friends at Light & Noise for filming and putting this together!

Here're the details for our shows at this year's SXSW:

Topshelf Records SXSW Party (unofficial)
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
6pm - 2am
21st Street Co-op
All ages, free. [RSVP]

Free exclusive 7" records from Gotta Groove Records!
Free 9.5x25" screen printed posters!

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Topshelf Records SXSW Showcase (unofficial)
Thursday, March 13, 2014
11am - 6pm
Soho Lounge (217 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701)
18+, free. [RSVP]

Free exclusive 7" records from Gotta Groove Records!
Free exclusive 9.5x25" screen printed posters!

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Thanks to our sponsors:
Light&Noise / GreenVans
New Noise Magazine / Hide&Seek Clothing
SJC Custom Drums / Imprint Indie Printing, Inc. / Waveborn / GHS Strings / Caroline Distribution

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Donovan Wolfington // Topshelf Records

Leading up to our SXSW showcase last year I had a slew of emails from friends asking if there was any room for a band to play our show (there 100% wasn't, at all). I listened and liked it and caved and decided to squeeze them on the bill opening the show. That band was New Orleans' Donovan Wolfington. They were awesome and by far the nicest, most courteous people I'd come across in awhile. That day stuck with us and when we heard their new material it was a no-brainer to try and work together on releasing it. 

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photo by Ben Davis.

So today we're excited to announce that we'll be releasing a new EP from the band, Scary Stories You Tell In the Dark, later this spring. Noisey has the premiere of their new track "Keef Ripper" today, saying:

"fuck[ed] us up. In a good way. It’s a scattered mix of about a dozen genres rolled into one. Some parts party punk, other parts post-hardcore, even a little 90s alterna-rock and grunge mixed in. We dug it."

Donovan Wolfington will also be doing a short tour with Pope and Dowsing on the way back from SXSW. Dates and info for that are below: 

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poster by Danny Rutledge.

  • 3/12/2014 - SXSW - Topshelf Records Party
  • 3/13/2014 - SXSW - Topshelf Records Showcase
  • 3/14/2014 - SXSW
  • 3/15/2014 - SXSW
  • 4/11/2014 - Birmingham, Al @ The Forge
  • 4/12/2014 - Nashville, TN @ Neuhau5
  • 4/13/2014 - Chicago, IL @ Township
  • 4/14/2014 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The House of Pancakes
  • 4/15/2014 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Mr. Roboto Project
  • 4/16/2014 - Philadelphia, PA @ Gold Tea House
  • 4/17/2014 - Brooklyn @ Death By Audio
  • 4/18/2013 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space
  • 4/19/2014 - Richmond, VA @ House Address

Details on the release of the new EP will be available soon — for now, though, be sure to check out their last record Stop Breathing which Broken World Media and Community Records previously released and follow them on Facebook.

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