Hardly Art

Announcing IAN SWEET’s Crush Crusher, out 10/26 on LP, CD, digital and cassette

TUE, AUG 14, 2018

IAN SWEET, the recording project of Jilian Medford, has announced a new album titled Crush Crusher, with a video for its lead single ”Hiding.” 

Of the song, Medford says “Hiding is a song I wrote for myself to be reminded to never get consumed with anything to the point of forgetting about my own needs. This song is a projection of a sanctuary in which I feel safe and strong in my own desires. It is something I long for, to be confident in the things that make me, me. The song opens with convincing myself that it is ok to hide/shy away from situations when really I should never have to convince myself of anything other than what, just…feels good. This is my admittance to losing and forgetting something to someone else, but demanding to take it back.”
 
Crush Crusher is available for pre-order now and due out October 26th on all formats. 

Additionally, IAN SWEET has announced a Fall tour with Young Jesus that includes dates with Sean Henry. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 17th. See below for a full list of upcoming performances. 

10/18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room #
10/20 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill #
10/22 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios #
10/23 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret #
10/24 - Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern #
10/25 - Boise, ID @ The Olympic #
10/26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court #
10/27 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive #
10/29 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry #
10/30 - Chicago @ Subterranean #
11/1 - Toronto, ON @ The Drake #
11/2 - Buffalo @ Mohawk Place #
11/3 - Boston, MA @ Sonia # ^
11/5 - Brooklyn, NY @ Park Church Co-op # ^
11/6 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s # ^
11/7 - Washington, DC @ Union Stage #
11/8 - Durham, NC @ The Pinhook #
11/9 - Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight #
11/10 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn #
11/11 - Orlando, FL @ 11Eleven Fest
11/12 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Wilbury #
11/13 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa #
11/14 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall #
11/15 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links #
11/16 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk #
11/19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar #
11/20 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar #

# w/ Young Jesus
^ w/ Sean Henry

Jenn Champion takes Single Rider on the road and shares new video for “Time to Regulate”

THU, AUG 9, 2018

Starting tonight in her former stomping grounds of Seattle, Jenn Champion brings her celebrated new album Single Rider on the road for a string of West Coast tour dates. Jenn’s also shared a new music video for “Time to Regulate” from director Rhea Bozzacchi, which premiered this morning via Brooklyn Vegan. Featuring Alicia McDaid aka McDazzler, Jazzy Vice, and members of F.L.O.W. (Future Ladies of Wrestling), the video takes you to the back alleys of Los Angeles for the queer turf war dance-off of your dreams.

See below for a full list of upcoming Jenn Champion performances.

08.09.18 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey

08.12.18 - Seattle, WA - Free in-store at Sonic Boom Records

08.10.18 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios

08.16.18 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater

10.25.18 - Vancouver, BC - Imperial *

10.28.18 - Victoria, Canada - Capital Ballroom *

* - w/ SYML

Dude York share new digital single “What Would You Do If You Had Some Money Now?”

TUE, JUL 17, 2018

Recently, Seattle trio Dude York surprised fans with a new digital single, “Moon.” Today, we are sharing another track from their Springtime recording session at Different Fur Studios in San Francisco. Guitarist Peter Richards handles vocal duties on “What Would You Do If You Had Some Money Now?” which you can stream below. 

Dude York’s next performance is Friday, July 20th on the main stage at the Capitol Hill Block Party. 

Single Rider, the new album from Jenn Champion, out now

FRI, JUL 13, 2018

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Today sees the release of Single Rider, the latest full-length from Jenn Champion (née S), a spellbinding collection of pop gems produced in collaboration with Brian Fennell aka SYML. The album is available now worldwide on LP, CD, digital, and cassette. Streaming versions of the record and LP download codes include both a stripped down version of Champion’s “No One” and a remix of “Time to Regulate” by Fennell’s other alias, Gold Brother. 


Hot pink limited edition vinyl LPs of the album are available now in our webstore. See below for upcoming Jenn Champion tour dates and what critics are saying about Single Rider


“A strong set of moody, ’80s-steeped electro-pop combining sparkling synths, atmospheric guitars and propulsive beats with her plaintive vocals and confessional lyrics of love, desire and connection.” – KEXP
 
“A careful and artful kind of pop with an immense sense of emotion within.” – LA Record
 
“Champion embraces dance-oriented electro-pop and its capacity for liberation through connection.” – City Arts, Album of the Month

TOUR DATES

08.09.18 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
08.10.18 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
08.16.18 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater

Hardly Art signs Lala Lala, watch the music video for first single “Destroyer”

WED, JUL 11, 2018

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Lala Lala–the Chicago-based project of Lillie West–has signed to Hardly Art, and we will release her  new album The Lamb on LP, CD, digital, and cassette on Friday, September 28th. Today, Stereogum named Lala Lala an “Band to Watch” and premiered the video for lead single “Destroyer.” Stereogum also interviewed Lillie about the record, and you can read the feature here. Lillie says the song “is about retroactively realizing your feelings and trying to figure out what happened to get you where you are. Feeling out of control and like you’re stuck in a feedback loop.”  

The Lamb is now available for pre-order now in our mini mart. Initial LP pressings available exclusively through hardlyart.com come with clear vinyl with blue swirl. 


Lala Lala have announced August dates supporting WHY? and LVL UP. A current itinerary is below and more dates will be announced soon.

08.29.18 - Toronto, ON  - The Garrison *
08.30.18 - Cleveland, OH - Mahall’s *
08.31.18 - Cincinnati, OH - Woodward Theater #

* w/ LVL UP

# w/ WHY?

Hardly Art signs Seattle’s Versing

TUE, JUN 26, 2018

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Credit: Conner Lyons

Hardly Art is pleased to announce that Seattle riffers Versing have officially joined the roster. The four-piece has been turning heads in the city for the past two years with their taut and brainy take on Northwest rock, and today they’ve shared “Silver Dollar,” a digital single that constructs a narrative around the social injustice of so-called “affluenza.” Revolver premiered a music video for the track this morning, which you can watch via the links above. 

Versing will be on tour next month across the West Coast, see blow for a full list of upcoming  dates. 



07.11.18 -  Vancouver, BC - Red Gate
07.12.18 - Victoria, BC - Centennial Square
07.13.18 - Seattle, WA - West Seattle Fest
07.15.18 - Boise, ID - TBA
07.16.18 - Reno, NV - The Holland Project
07.17.18 - Las Vegas, NV - Starboard Tack
07.19.18 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex
07.20.18 - San Francisco, CA - Thee Parkside
07.21.18 - Seattle, WA - Kame House


Watch Jenn Champion’s new video for “Coming For You”

TUE, JUN 19, 2018

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Jenn Champion’s alluring new album Single Rider is less than one month away from release, and today the LA-based songwriter has shared a colorful, rhapsodic music video for “Coming For You” by director Jen Harrington. Apply some glittery eyeshadow and watch it via the link above. “Coming For You” is also available for your listening pleasure everywhere music is streamed.

Pre-orders for Single Rider are available now on all formats


Dick Stusso shares music video for “In Heaven”

THU, MAY 31, 2018

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Dick Stusso, the Bay Area’s own “failure-prone fantasist in a cowboy hat” (East Bay Express), hits the road again next week for a run of dates with Sub Pop’s Jo Passed, preceded by a solo acoustic set opening for Angel Olsen at the Masonic Temple in Asheville, North Carolina. To whet your appetite for these upcoming performances, we’ve shared Stusso’s new music video for “In Heaven,” the title track from his recent Hardly Art debut.

Filmed on 16mm, the winking, laconic video from director Sarah Strunin takes its inspiration from vintage Leonard Cohen and Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazelwood clips. It premiered today via Brooklyn Vegan and you can watch it below. 

In Heaven is available in all formats in the Mini Mart.


06.05.18 - Asheville, NC - Masonic Temple *
06.06.18 - Washington, DC - DC9 ^
06.07.18 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle ^
06.08.18 - Brooklyn, NY - Park Church Co-Op ^
06.09.18 - Allston, MA - Great Scott ^
06.10.18 - Providence, RI - Fete Music Hall ^
06.11.18 - Montreal, QC - Bar le Ritz ^
06.12.18 - Ottowa, CA - Makerspace North ^
06.13.18 - Detroit, MI - Marble Bar ^
06.14.18 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups ^
06.16.18 - Chicago, IL - Sleeping Village ^
08.10.18 - 08.12.18 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival 

* - w/ Angel Olsen
^ - w/ Jo Passed


Jenn Champion announces new album Single Rider

TUE, MAY 22, 2018

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Credit: Cara Robbins
On the heels of recent pop music coming-out-party “O.M.G. (I’m All Over It)”,  Jenn Champion has announced Single Rider, her first full-length release since abandoning the “S” moniker and radically re-imagining her sound.  The record – crafted in close collaboration with producer Brian Fennell aka SYML – drops on Friday, July 13th on LP, CD, digital, and cassette formats. “Time to Regulate” is your second sampling of Single Rider’s fusion of electric neon grooves and unblushing vulnerability. Listen to it in full below.





  1. O.M.G. (I’m All Over It)
  2. Coming For You
  3. You Knew
  4. Holding On
  5. The Move
  6. Never Giving In
  7. Mainline
  8. Time to Regulate
  9. Bleed
  10. Hustle
  11. Going Nowhere

La Luz’s Floating Features out now! Watch new “Mean Dream” video

FRI, MAY 11, 2018

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After months of anticipation, La Luz’s lush, lysergic new album Floating Features is finally out today. Shot through with rays of smoggy LA sunshine, the record navigates disorienting dreamscapes throughout its 11 impeccable tracks–particularly “Mean Dream,” which has a new music video from director Ryan D. Browne that premiered this morning on Brooklyn Vegan. Bend your mind and watch it in full below. Tonight in San Francisco, La Luz play the first show of a massive 35-date North American tour. See below for a full list of dates!


05.11.18 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop $
05.12.18 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop $
05.13.18 - Arcata, CA - The Miniplex $
05.14.18 - Eugene, OR - Wow Hall $
05.16.18 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret $
05.17.18 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile $ *
05.18.18 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project $ * &
05.19.18 - Portland, OR - The Aladdin Theater *
05.20.18 - Bellingham, WA -The Shakedown *
05.22.18 - Boise, ID - The Olympic *
05.23.18 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court *
05.24.18 - Ft. Collin’s, CO - Hodi’s Half Note *
05.25.18 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge *
05.26.18 - Albuquerque, NM - Town Hall *
05.28.18 - Omaha, NE - O’Leavers !
05.30.18 - St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room !
05.31.18 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean ^
06.02.18 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme ^
06.03.18 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern ^
06.04.18 - Montreal, QC - L’Esco ^
06.05.18 - Portland, ME - SPACE Gallery ^
06.06.18 - Boston, MA - Once Ballroom ^
06.08.18 - New York, NY - Public Arts ^
06.09.18 - Brooklyn, NY - Northside Festival at Baby’s All Right &
06.10.18 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts Black Box %
06.11.18 - Washington, D.C. - Songbyrd %
06.12.18 - Raleigh, NC - The Pinhook %
06.13.18 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl %
06.14.18 - Jacksonville, FL - Root %
06.15.18 - New Orleans, LA - Santos %
06.16.18 - Austin, TX - Hotel Vegas #
06.19.18 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger #
06.20.18 - El Paso, TX - Monarch #
06.21.18 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress # &
06.22.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Teregram Ballroom #
09.01.18 - Gdansk, PL - Soundrive Festival
09.04.18 - Malmö, SE - Plan B
09.05.18 - Oslo, NO - Revolver
09.06.18 - Stockholm, SE - Melodybox
09.07.18 - Göteborg, SE - Pustervil
09.08.18 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen
09.10.18 - Karlsruhe, DE - Kohi
09.11.18 - Zürich, CH - Rote Fabrik
09.12.18 - Montpellier, FR - Le Rockstore
09.13.18 - Barcelona, ES - Gambeat Festival
09.14.18 - Madrid, ES - GetMAD
09.15.18 - San Sebastian, ES - Donostia Festibala
09.18.18 - Lausanne, CH - Le Romandie
09.19.18 - Bern, CH - ISC Club
09.20.18 - Paris, FR - Point Ephemere
09.22.18 - Brussels, BE - Botanique @ Witloof Bar
09.24.18 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen
09.25.18 - Glasgow, UK -  Mono
09.26.18 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
09.27.18 - London, UK - The Dome
09.28.18 - Bristol, UK - The Louisiana
09.29.18 - Brighton, UK - The Hope and Ruin
10.01.18 - Köln, DE - Bumann & Sohn
10.02.18 - Derlin, DE - Music & Frieden
10.03.18 - Dresden, DE - Beatpol
10.04.18 - Hamburg, DE - Hafenklang (Goldener Salon)
10.05.18 - Groningen, NL - Vera
10.06.18 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso upstairs

& - All-Ages
$ - w/ Ancient Forest
* - w/ Savila
! - w/ The Whiffs
^ - w/ Gymshorts
% - w/ Timothy Eerie
# - w/ Summer Twins