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Washed Up Emo Announces Topshelf Records 2014 CMJ Showcase

Washed Up Emo has joined forces with Topshelf Records to present the Boston-based label’s showcase at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn as part of CMJ.

Cover is free but for $12, you get a VIP ticket that ensures entry. $20 gets you a bundle that includes mint colored Topshelf Records t-shirt in the size of your choice (printed on Next Level Apparel brand shirts), a Topshelf Records slip mat, the Topshelf Records Tour exclusive 7″, a 2014 label sampler CD, a black canvas tote bag, the newest issue of New Noise Magazine and some Topshelf Records stickers.


Stream The Jazz June’s ‘Edge of Space’ for Free

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The Jazz June have shared a free stream of ‘Edge of Space’ from their first album in 12 years After the Earthquake, out on November 11 on Topshelf Records, via Entertainment Weekly.

They recorded the album with producer Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.) at Gradwell House this past spring.

The Jazz June have been confirmed for Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas in November, details TBA, with more tour dates scheduled.

1. over underground

2. after the earthquake

3. with honors

4. it came back

5. edge of space

6. stuck on repeat

7. ain’t it strange

8. nothing to see here

9. short changed

10. two floors down


Frameworks Re-Issue EP, Announce Tour Dates

Image by Mitchell Wojcik

Frameworks have announced that they will release their 2013 EP Small Victories via Topshelf Records on September 16.

The EP has been out of print since it was released and will be available on colored vinyl, 200 on Pink, 300 on Oxblood, 500 on Bone.

Check out the video for ‘Old Chokes’ and catch them on the following dates;

10/10 – Essen, Germany – Cafe Nova ^
10/11 – Paris, France – Le Cirque Electrique ^
10/12 – London, UK – The 100 Club ^
10/13 – Birmingham, UK – The Oobleck ^
10/14 – Brighton, UK – Green Door Store ^
10/15 – Antwerp, Belgium – Kavka ^
10/16 – Hamburg, Germany – Headcrash ^
10/17 – Berlin, Germany – Cassiopeia ^
10/18 – Stuttgart, Germany – Juha West ^
11/02 – Gainesville, FL – The Fest

^ w/ The Saddest Landscape

01. Ida
02. Sewn
03. Model Homes
04. Old Chokes


Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Frameworks’ ‘Loom’

Gainesville, Florida’s Frameworks have shared the video for the title track from their debut album Loom, out now on Topshelf Records.

The band trekked to San Francisco to record the album at Atomic Garden Studios with Jack Shirley. Loom sees them experimenting with their post-hardcore sound to create an album that’s bright, evocative and emotional.

Since forming in 2011, the band has released an EP, Small Victories, on 13th Floor Records in 2013 as well as a split release with Kittyhawk, Prawn and Droughts that same year.

Frameworks are currently on the road. Catch them on the following dates;

08/17 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes *
08/19 – Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
08/20 – Jacksonville, FL – Burro Bar
10/10 – Essen, Germany – Cafe Nova ^
10/11 – Paris, France – Le Cirque Electrique ^
10/12 – London, UK – The 100 Club ^
10/13 – Birmingham, UK – The Oobleck ^
10/14 – Brighton, UK – Green Door Store ^
10/15 – Antwerp, Belgium – Kavka ^
10/16 – Hamburg, Germany – Headcrash ^
10/17 – Berlin, Germany – Cassiopeia ^
10/18 – Stuttgart, Germany – Juha West ^
10/29 – Ybor City, FL – Pre-Fest
10/31 – Gainesville, FL – The Fest

* w/ United Nations
^ w/ The Saddest Landscape


Stream Prawn’s ‘First as Tragedy, Second as Farce’ for Free

In addition to sharing a free stream of ‘First as Tragedy, Second as Farce’ from their forthcoming album Kingfisher, out on August 12 on Topshelf Records, Ridgewood, New Jersey’s Prawn have also announced the dates of their upcoming tour;

7/31/2014 New Britian, CT Pulaski Club w/ Foxing and The Hotelier

8/1/2014 Cambridge Middle East Upstairs w/Foxing and The Hotelier

8/2/2014 New York The Studio @ Webster hall w/ Foxing and The Hotelier

8/3/2014 Philadelphia The Fire w/ Foxing and The Hotelier

8/4/2014 Washington DC DC9 w/ Foxing and The Hotelier

8/5/2014 Richmond Strange Matter w/ Foxing and The Hotelier

Topshelf Records Tour

September 16– Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary

September 17– Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery

September 19– Orlando, FL @ The Backbooth

September 20– Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem

September 21– Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

September 23– Nashville, TN @ The End

September 24– St. Louis @ The Firebird

September 26– Chicago @ Beat Kitchen

September 27– Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room

September 28– Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose

September 30– Allston, MA @ Great Scott

October 1– Pawtucket, RI @ The Met

October 2– New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall

October 3- Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes


Stream You Blew It!’s Cover of Weezer’s ‘My Name is Jonas’ for Free

You Blew It! have shared a free stream of their take on ‘My Name is Jonas’ via USA Today.

The track is taken from their five song You Blue It! EP or Weezer cover songs, out digitally on July 15 and on vinyl on August 12 via Topshelf Records.


Stream You Blew It!’s Cover of Weezer’s ‘Surf Wax America’ for Free

Orlando’s You Blew It! have shared a free stream of ‘Surf Wax America’ from their forthcoming You Blue It five song Weezer cover EP out digitally on Topshelf Records on July 15 and on vinyl on August 12.

“We chose ‘Surf Wax’ because it’s a really great song, plain and simple. We didn’t want to do singles from the record, and luckily Surf Wax is one of those cuts that could have held its own as one, but seemed untouched enough to allow a fresh perspective on it. Not that we or any other band could, but we really didn’t want to try and out-do Weezer. Our goal was to add our touch to Blue, but first and foremost, we wanted pay tribute to the songs themselves in the most respectful way possible. Surf Wax is a great example of that I think,” singer/guitarist Tanner Jones said in a statement.

The EP was engineered by Matt Wilbur and Matt Burns with Wilbur, Burns, and You Blew It! sharing production duties. The band recorded You Blue It at Vanguard Room in Lakeland Florida and it was mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Mastering.

Catch You Blew It! on the following dates;

Jun 19 Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater

Jun 20 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

Jun 21 Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend

Jun 22 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle

Jun 24 Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa

Jun 25 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live

Jun 26 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

Jun 27 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

Jun 28 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre

Jun 29 Boston, MA @ House of Blues

Jul 01 New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place

Jul 02 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall

Jul 03 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon

Jul 05 Toronto, ON @ Opera House

Jul 06 Millvale, PA @ Mr Smalls Theatre

Jul 08 Lansing, MI @ Common Ground Fest

Jul 09 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall

Jul 10 Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note

Jul 11 Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall

Jul 12 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

Jul 13 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater

Jul 15 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre

Jul 16 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

Jul 17 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound

Jul 19 Seattle, WA @ Showbox at The Market

Jul 20 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom

Jul 22 San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom

Jul 24 Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre

Jul 25 Pomona, CA @ Glass House

Jul 26 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

Jul 27 Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee

1.) My Name Is Jonas

2.) Surf Wax America

3.) In the Garage

4.) Only In Dreams

5.) Susanne


Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) Announce Sophomore Album

Image by Derek McNelly

Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate), the husband and wife duo of Keith and Cathy Latinen, have announced that they will release their sophomore album You Will Eventually Be Forgotten on August 19 via their own Count Your Lucky Stars Records and Topshelf Records.

They will also release a companion graphic novel titled Ribbon illustrated by Ben Sears, known for his work with as La Dispute, Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Wonder Years. The 11 chapters reflect the album’s 11 tracks.

The Fenton, Michigan duo started life as a solo project for Keith before expanding to include Cathy. The band has crossed the US countless times and toured internationally four times. They have shared the stage with Mineral, The Early November, The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Into It. Over It. and more.

The new album is their first full-length in five years, though they have released EP and split singles in the interim. The gap between releases gave them the chance to hone their songcraft.

Catch Empire! Empire! on the following dates;

7/14 Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java
7/15 Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java
7/16 New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
7/17 Albany, NY @ Social Justice Center*
7/18 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
7/19 Hamden, CT @ The Space
7/20 Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon
7/21 Rochester, NY @ California Brew House*
7/22 Toronto, ON(Canada) @ Hard Luck Bar
7/23 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s
7/25 Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
7/26 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
7/27 St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
7/29 Nashville, TN @ Van’s Warped Tour (Acoustic)
7/30 Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl at Center Stage
7/31 Gainsville, FL @ Loosey’s*
8/1 Orlando, FL @ The Social
8/2 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
8/3 Charlotte, NC @ Area 15*
8/4 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
8/5 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live Philadelphia
8/6 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live Philadelphia
8/7 Amityville, NY @ Revolution Bar and Music Hall

* = Solo shows, no The Early November

01) Ribbon
02) I Was Somewhere Cold, Dark… and Lonely
03) We Are People Here. We Are Not Numbers
04) A Keepsake
05) You Have to Be So Much Better than You Ever Thought
06) Stay Divided
07) Foxfire
08) Things Not Worth Fixing
09) If It’s Bad News, It Can Wait
10) It’s So Much Darker When a LIght Goes Out than When It Would Have Been If it Had Never Shone
11) The Promise That Life Can Go On No Matter How Bad Our Losses


Wild Ones Announce Tour Dates

Image by Heather Hawke

Portland’s Wild Ones have announced the dates of their upcoming summer tour in support of their current release Keep it Safe, out now on Topshelf Records.

Check out the video for ‘Paia’ and catch them this summer.

July 25 @ Capitol Hill Block Party – Seattle, WA
August 06 @ The Press Room – Portsmouth, NH
August 07 @ Iron Horse – Northampton, MA
August 08 @ ArtsRiot – Burlington, VT
August 09 @ KahBang Festival – Bangor, ME
August 10 @ Great Scott – Boston, MA
August 12 @ Pianos – New York, NY
August 13 @ BAR – New Haven, CT
August 14 @ North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA
August 15 @ Glasslands – Brooklyn, NY
August 16 @ The Pinch – Washington, DC
August 18 @ Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH
August 19 @ Schuba’s – Chicago, IL
August 20 @ The Hi-Fi – Indianapolis, IN
August 21 @ The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
August 23 @ Columbus Theater – Providence, RI


Videos For a Lazy Sunday: Wild Ones Perform ‘Golden Twin’ Live

Portland’s Wild Ones have shared a live performance of  ‘Golden Twins’ from their debut album Keep It Safe, out now on Topshelf Records.

The album came at a difficult time for the band; they were on the verge of collapse following a variety of health issues. They decided to funnel all their resources into recording the album despite the risks and released the album to critical acclaim.

Catch Wild Ones on the following dates;