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May Recap // New Releases and a Healthy Handful of Summer Tours

We recently announced two incredibly unique records, both of which will be out in the first week of June. Learn a little more about the records below and make sure to pre-save and pre-order if you like what you hear!

As well, a healthy handful of Topshelf artists will be on tour this summer. From Ratboys to the legendary toe, there will be loads of shows you won't want to sleep on! Check out dates and other info below.

Alfred. photo by Ethan Hickerson / LITE photo by Riki Yamada

Recently announced albums

Alfred. - LIKE YOU!!

release: June 7, 2019

LIKE YOU!! is the deeply multifaceted debut album by Richmond, VA's Alfred. Its warbly bell tones, expertly chopped melodic samples, and slow-mo hip-hop grooves form the instrumental base for the "darkgospel" singer/rapper Aaron Brown. Jazzy yet supple Dilla-reminiscent cuts contrast starkly with songs that boast Alfred.'s signature darkgospel stylings, the juxtaposition of which makes for a compelling, spectrum-crossing album.

listen to the whole album ahead of its official release

watch the double video for "Tales of a Queer Rapscallion" and "Like You! (Yes, You)"

learn more about Alfred.

pre-order LIKE YOU!!

LITE - Multiple

release: June 5, 2019

Multiple is the sixth full length record by the prolific maximalists known as LITE. Over the past 16 years, the Japanese quartet has established itself as one of the most influential groups across a host of subgenres. Though usually referred to by touchstones such as "math-rock" or "post-rock," LITE has developed an uncanny ability to fuse their influences into their own unmistakable dialect that defies generic genre classification.

listen to the latest single, "Double"

listen to the lead single, "Temple"

learn more about LITE

pre-order Multiple

Tours

Don't you love when tons of great gigs underscore the vibrance of summer? Check out our tour playlist to get a sampling of the Topshelf artists and their tourmates who are currently on the road, and read on for the full scoop on all the tours going down.

listen on spotify

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toe just announced two US shows in August

toe tour info

No Vacation began their full US tour this week, and will fly out to Europe for an extended tour in July

No Vacation tour info

Bellows will be on tour with Gabby's World in July, with a slew of west coast dates

Bellows tour info

Alfred. will be doing a short run of shows in July

Alfred. tour info

Queen of Jeans will hit the road with The Menzingers and The Sidekicks in July

Queen of Jeans tour info

Ratboys will begin the second leg of their tour with PUP in June

Ratboys tour info

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toe // US Shows Announced

The widely venerated group toe have announced a pair of US shows in New York City and Los Angeles toward the end of this summer. While the band won't be touring on a new release, their most recent record, Our Latest Number, is still less than a year old. Give it a rinse, check the show dates below, and RSVP accordingly!

Dates:

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toe // South American Dates

In January of next year, our friends in South America will finally have a chance to catch toe on their upcoming mini-tour! They will be hitting Argentina, Brazil, and Chile – it will be their first time in any of these countries, so be sure to show the guys the tour of a lifetime!

  • January 25 - Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Niceto Club
  • January 27 - São Paulo, Brazil @ Fabrique
  • January 29 - Santiago, Chile @ Teatro Nescafe

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toe // EU tour, Exclusive UK Performance at ArcTangent Festival

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Enemies / toe release day!

Two of our favorite bands and two of our favorite records, ever — released on the same day! Enemies' Embark, Embrace is an instant classic and toe's The Book About My Idle Plot On a Vague Anxiety is a completely unreal classic record. They're both out today and both bands will be coming to the US soon to support their respective releases. Below are details on where you can pick up or listen to each record, along with an update on the vinyl production of each. Thanks!

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toeThe Book About My Idle Plot On a Vague Anxiety

Vinyl update: the records are in, LP jackets are shipped to us and will be in hand this week, LP inserts will be in our hands in two weeks. This album will be shipping out the first week of September.

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Enemies - Embark, Embrace

Vinyl update: LP jackets and LP inserts are in, test presses have been delayed (we were told we'd have them weeks ago and still don't; we're not sure why. Kinda getting the runaround here and it's a bummer) so we'll keep you posted on this one via email. We'll be looking to rush production on these once tests are approved. At best, this will be shipping out in mid-september.

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Toe vinyl pre-orders & North American tour dates!!

Earlier this year we announced that we'd be working with Toe to release their catalog on vinyl, worldwide, for the very first time ever. We'll be releasing a new Toe record every month all summer long and today is the day that we kick it all off: Today we have the legendary emo / post rock / math rock band's first full length album The Book About My Idle Plot On a Vague Anxiety for pre-order along with a limited edition box set of all of their releases which will include an exclusive variant limited to 200 of each record encased in a hand numbered and hand stamped box:

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  • Songs, Ideas We Forgot
  • The Book About My Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety
  • New Sentimentality
  • For Long Tomorrow
  • The Future Is Now

Test presses of each respective album are now approved and we're working on all the artwork now while the records get made. Hope you're all as excited as we are — but here's the REAL news:

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Toe will be coming to North America for the first time ever this fall! Dates, info and ticket purchase links directly below:

Toe is a band that's an absolute mainstay in our music collection, a staple of this niche (and well beyond), and one of the most important bands (to us, anyway) of the last decade so we’re pretty pumped about this, you guys!

So yeah, check out the pre-orders in the store, or if you've never heard them before, maybe give 'em a listen. Thanks, everyone, We. Are. Pumped!

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Toe // Topshelf

We're thrilled today to announce something that is literally years in the making: We'll be releasing Toe's catalog on vinyl, worldwide, for the very first time ever!

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Last fall, we released the band's newest effort, The Future Is Now, on vinyl & CD — and we'll be adding to that by releasing the following on vinyl as well:

  • Songs, Ideas We Forgot
  • The Book About My Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety
  • New Sentimentality
  • For Long Tomorrow

Toe is a band that's an absolute mainstay in our music collection, a staple of this niche (and well beyond), and one of the most important bands (to us, anyway) of the last decade so we’re pretty pumped about this, you guys!

We'll have more details involving release dates, pressing info, pre-orders, etc. soon. Hope you're all as excited as we are!

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Topshelf // toe

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I am incredibly elated to be typing this right now.

toe is one of my favorite bands of all time (my last.fm charts don't lie!) and one of the main reasons I got into this music community that Seth and I both love so much (and now amazingly enough find ourselves working within).

This has been in the works for years and I'm beyond excited that it's finally come to fruition. We will be releasing the band's most recent EP "the future is now" on 10" vinyl via three color ways (with first press limited to 1,000) as well as CD on November 6, 2012. There's also a huge 18x24" poster to boot. We'll have the preorders up soon. The pre-orders are now up!

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For those of you in the UK & EU, Big Scary Monsters has similar options available as well. Also, for you guys, the band is embarking on their first ever EU / UK tour this month. Dates are below. They play just one UK date, with pre-sales selling out within a matter of days, and only a small handful being reserved for sale on the day.

  • 16.09 - RU - Moscow - Astral Festival 
  • 17.09 - DE - Berlin - Festsaal Kreuzberg
  • 18.09 - DK - Copenhagen - Pumpehuset 
  • 19.09 - BE - Brussels - Magasin 4 | 
  • 20.09 - FR - Paris - Le Point Ephémère 
  • 21.09 - IT - Bolzano - Transart Festival 
  • 22.09 - CH - Düdingen - Bad Bonn 
  • 23.09 - UK - London - XOYO (w/ This Town Needs Guns, Brontide, Talons and more)

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