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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.

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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!

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photo by Rozette Rago

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Bellows // 2019 Summer Tour with Gabby's World

The pop-inclined bedroom recording project Bellows will be on an extensive tour this summer with frequent collaborators Gabby's World. The two Brooklyn-based groups don't often make it out to the west coast, so if you're near the Pacific it's a rare chance to catch these two amazing bands. Check the dates below to make sure you'll be able to witness songs from the recently released The Rose Gardener preformed live with a full band.

  • July 07, 2019 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto
  • July 08, 2019 - Detroit, MI @ Outer Limits
  • July 09, 2019 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
  • July 10, 2019 - Minneapolis, MN @ Kitty Cat Klub
  • July 11, 2019 - Omaha, NE @ OutrSpaces
  • July 14, 2019 - Missoula, MT @ Ten Spoon Winery
  • July 15, 2019 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
  • July 16, 2019 - Corvallis, OR @ TBD
  • July 17, 2019 - Arcata, CA @ Outer Space
  • July 18, 2019 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
  • July 19, 2019 - Santa Cruz, CA @ SubRosa
  • July 20, 2019 - Stockton, CA @ Blackwater Cafe
  • July 21, 2019 - Los Angeles, CA @ Morrocan
  • July 23, 2019 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
  • July 25, 2019 - Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
  • July 26, 2019 - Dallas, TX @ Transit Bicycle Co.
  • July 28, 2019 - Gainesville, FL @ TBD
  • July 29, 2019 - Orlando, FL @ Will's Pub
  • July 30, 2019 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
  • July 31, 2019 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle Backroom
  • August 01, 2019 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
  • August 02, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
  • August 03, 2019 - Boston, MA @ Once Ballroom

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LITE // New Track, "Zone," and UK Tour

Today we're thrilled to share the latest from the prolific group LITE, with a premiere over at The Line of Best Fit. The track, "Zone," is the B side off the upcoming 7", entitled Blizzard, to be released digitally just ahead of an 8 day jaunt in the UK. You can pre-order the record today, just over here.

Blizzard showcases the band's renowned style of cinematic, melodically rampant math rock. Side A explores a host of stylistic influences, with skittering call-and-response guitars building over an electronic drum loop into a shimmering climax that consumes the listener like a blizzard. B side, "Zone," returns to the signature urgency of LITE, crashing straight into a breakneck, noodling ostinato that perfectly captures the group's cinematic style of composition. Check out the tour dates below.

  • September 13, 2018 - Ebisu, Japan @ Ebisu Liquid Room
  • September 27, 2018 - Shibuya, Japan @ Unknown venue
  • October 08, 2018 - Bristol, UK @ Exchange
  • October 09, 2018 - Manchester, UK @ The Ruby Lounge
  • October 10, 2018 - Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
  • October 11, 2018 - Belfast, UK @ Foundry
  • October 12, 2018 - Dublin, Ireland @ Bello Bar
  • October 13, 2018 - Sheffield, UK @ The Foundry Sheffield
  • October 14, 2018 - London, UK @ The Garage

album art by Yoshiaki Miura

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Clearance // At Your Leisure

Your Summer soundtrack is officially here – Clearance''s album At Your Leisure is out now! Yesterday's premiere with BrooklynVegan described this album as "a breezy, enjoyable listen" and included some words from the band's Mike Bellis (vocalist and songwriter) about the process behind their latest musical creation.

Stream or buy it on your favorite music platform here or purchase a physical copy.

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gobbinjr // 'ocala wick' premiere

The new album ocala wick by gobbinjr is officially out next Friday, but catch it exclusively on Noisey now! The stream features an in-depth commentary with Emma explaining her emotional and subtly comedic record that is perfect for when you're exhausted with society.


You can pre-order 'ocala wick' here.

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tricot // "potage" music video premiere

Check out tricot's new music video for "potage" that premiered today on NPR! This song is from their upcoming double A-sided 7" that also features the song "On the bloom" and is available for pre-order now. Their stunning new video displays a brilliantly colorful and painted set, pairing beautifully with their unique sound.

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Ratboys // European Tour Dates

This May, our dear Ratboys are joining up with Wild Pink for a co-headlining tour of Europe!

  • 5/3 - Vienna, AT @ Venster
  • 5/4 - Zagreb, HR @ Močvara
  • 5/5 - Verona, IT @ REDZONE
  • 5/6 - Perugia, IT @ Chupito
  • 5/9 - Lucerne, SWI @ Sedel
  • 5/10 - Freiburg, GER @ Slow Club
  • 5/11- Darmstadt, GER @ Oettinger Villa
  • 5/12 - Münster, GER @ Gleis22
  • 5/13 – Brighton, UK - The Hope and Ruin
  • 5/14 - Bristol, UK @ The Exchange
  • 5/16 - Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
  • 5/17 - Nottingham, UK @ JT Soar
  • 5/18 - Manchester, UK @ The Whiskey Jar
  • 5/19 - London, UK @ The Lexington
  • 5/23 - Gothenburg, SWE @ Sekten
  • 5/24 - Oslo, NO @ Venue TBA
  • 5/25 - Stockholm, SWE @ Lava

Make sure to catch these shows to hear songs from their new EP GL!

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Queen of Jeans // Welcome to the Roster!

We are proud to announce that we will be working with Philly-based band, Queen of Jeans on to release their upcoming LP in early 2018! We are so excited about this album and can't wait to share more info with y'all. Keep your eyes peeled for updates.

Queen of Jeans will be playing some shows in the Northeast at the beginning of next year – with select dates supporting Balance and Composure!

1/5 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church* (Sold Out)
1/5 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle #
1/6 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom*
1/7 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair*

* w/ Balance & Composure
# w/ Madlean Gauze, Louie Louie, Empath

Tickets: http://www.topshelfrecords.com/roster/queen-of-jeans#tour


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LITE // "Warp" Music Video

There is a new music video by LITE out today! Head over to GoldFlakePaint to check out the band's creative video for "Warp" which they called "playful and inspired." The track is from their latest release, Cubic – you can grab a copy of your own here!



LITE will also be heading to the UK on Sunday to begin their European tour –

  • 22/10- Leicester, UK @ Firebug
  • 23/10 - London, UK @ London Bush Hall
  • 24/10 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Berchem Jc Den Eglantier
  • 25/10 - Paris, France @ Olympic Cafe
  • 26/10 - Barcelona, Spain @ AM Fest
  • 28/10 - Mezzago, Italy @ Bloom
  • 29/10 - Bologna, Italy @ Freakout Club
  • 30/10 - Köln, Germany @ Jungle
  • 31/10 - Karlsruhe, Germany @ Jubez (Halloween Dudefest)

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