Hardly Art

Chastity Belt launch West Coast tour, play KEXP today

THU, JUL 27, 2017

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Credit: Conner Lyons

Saturday night in Olympia, Seattle band Chastity Belt will set out on their first West Coast tour in support of the acclaimed new record I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone. Supporting them on this run are the Bay Area’s Never Young. See below for a full list of upcoming performances.

You can hear the band perform live this afternoon on the airwaves of KEXP at noon Pacific Time on their Midday Show. Tune in at KEXP.org or 90.3 FM. 

07.27.17 - Seattle, WA - Live in-studio on KEXP at 12:00 PM
07.29.17 - Olympia, WA - Obsidian
07.30.17 - Arcata, CA - Outer Space
07.31.17 - Santa Rosa, CA - Arlene Francis Center
08.01.17 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall !
08.02.17 - Fresno, CA - Strummer’s !
08.03.17 - Los Angeles, CA - Teregram Ballroom !
08.04.17 - San Diego, CA - Space Bar !
08.05.17 - Pomona, CA - Viva Pomona at The Glass House
08.07.17 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room !
08.08.17 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones !
08.09.17 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place !
08.11.17 - Portland, OR - Star Theater !
08.12.17 - Covington, KY - River City Jam
09.04.17 - Margate, UK - The Dugout *
09.05.17 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club *
09.06.17 - Manchester, UK - Star and Garter *
09.07.17 - Newcastle, UK - Cluny *
09.08.17 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast *
09.10.17 - Isle of White, UK - Bestival
09.11.17 - Bristol, UK - Exchange *
09.12.17 - Nottingham, UK - Bodega *
09.13.17 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store *
09.14.17 - London, UK - Garage * %
09.15.17 - Brussels, BE - Witloof Bar
09.16.17 - Cologne, DE - King Georg &
09.17.17 - Berlin, DE - Kantine Am Berghain &
09.19.17 - Vienna, AT - Arena &
09.20.17 - Lausanne, CH - La Romandie Club &
09.21.17 - Paris, FR - Espace B &
09.22.17 - Rotterdam, NL - V11
09.23.17 - Utrecht, NL - ACU &

& - w/ Magic Potion
! - w/ Never Young
* - w/ GANG
% - w/ Charly Bliss

 

Dude York announce fall tour with LVL UP

MON, JUL 17, 2017

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Credit: Conner Lyons

In September, America’s Band™ Dude York will be rocking up and down the West Coast with Sub Pop signees LVL UP. Included in this run is a rare Canadian date for the Seattle trio; see below for a full list of shows. Dude York’s infectious full-length Sincerely is out now and available from our Mini Mart.

09.18.17 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill *
09.19.17 – Santa Cruz, CA – Atrium at The Catalyst *
09.21.17 – Portland, OR – Star Theater *
09.22.17 – Seattle, WA – Barboza *
09.23.17 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club *

* - w/ LVL UP

IAN SWEET announce fall tour dates with Frankie Cosmos

MON, JUL 10, 2017

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Brooklyn trio IAN SWEET have announced fall US tour dates in support of recent Sub Pop signee Frankie Cosmos. Fresh off their inaugural European tour, this run of shows will see the band visiting 13 cities, including an appearance at the Lincoln Calling festival. IAN SWEET’s debut full-length Shapeshifter is out now, and their latest musical offering, “Bug Museum,” can be heard on our Hardly Released: Bedroom Recordings, Demos, Rarities, Unreleased, and Widely Ignored Material digital/cassette compilation. See below for a full list of shows.

09.22.17 – Washington, DC – Black Cat *
09.23.17 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern *
09.24.17 – Chapel Hill, NC – Motorco Music Hall *
09.25.17 – Louisville, KY – Galaxie *
09.26.17 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway *
09.27.17 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck *
09.28.17 – Lincoln, NE – Lincoln Calling Festival *
09.29.17 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock *
09.30.17 – Evanston, IL – SPACE *
10.01.17 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon *
10.02.17 – Cleveland, OH – Mahall’s *
10.03.17 – Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room *
10.04.17 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall *

* - w/ Frankie Cosmos

Watch Chastity Belt’s video for “Used to Spend;” new album I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone out today

FRI, JUN 2, 2017

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Seattle band Chastity Belt’s highly-anticipated new album I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone is out today on LP, CD, digital, and cassette (including three previously-unheard bonus tracks). To celebrate, the band has shared a new music video for quasi-title track “Used to Spend”–an intimate, gorgeously-shot journey from their respective homes to a day at the races and back. 

See below for a full list of upcoming US and overseas tour dates. I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone is available on limited opaque salmon-pink vinyl, while supplies last


06.03.17 - Spokane, WA - Steam Plant
06.05.17 - Seattle, WA - Sonic Boom (Free all-ages in-store)
06.14.17 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club #
06.15.17 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean #
06.16.17 - Detroit, MI - Jumbo’s #
06.17.17 - Toronto, ON - Longboat Hall at the Great Hall #
06.18.17 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz #
06.19.17 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall #
06.20.17 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg #
06.22.17 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA #
06.23.17 - Washington, DC - Songbyrd %
06.24.17 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook %
06.25.17 - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight %
06.27.17 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Purgatory) %
06.28.17 - Nashville, TN - DRKMTTR %
06.29.17 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway %
06.30.17 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe’s %
07.01.17 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry %
07.28.17 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
07.29.17 - Olympia, WA - Obsidian
07.30.17 - Arcata, CA - Outer Space
07.31.17 - Santa Rosa, CA - Arlene Francis Center
08.01.17 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
08.02.17 - Fresno, CA - Strummer’s
08.03.17 - Los Angeles, CA - Teregram Ballroom
08.04.17 - San Diego, CA - Space Bar
08.07.17 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
08.08.17 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones
08.09.17 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place
08.11.17 - Portland, OR - Star Theater
08.12.17 - Covington, KY - River City Jam
09.04.17 - Margate, UK - The Dugout
09.05.17 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
09.06.17 - Manchester, UK - Star and Garter
09.07.17 - Newcastle, UK - Cluny
09.08.17 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast
09.10.17 - Isle of White, UK - Bestival
09.11.17 - Bristol, UK - Exchange
09.12.17 - Nottingham, UK - Bodega
09.13.17 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store
09.14.17 - London, UK - Garage
09.15.17 - Brussels, BE - Witloof Bar
09.16.17 - Cologne, DE - King Georg &
09.17.17 - Berlin, DE - Kantine Am Berghain &
09.19.17 - Vienna, AT - Arena &
09.20.17 - Lausanne, CH - La Romandie Club &
09.21.17 - Paris, FR - Espace B &
09.22.17 - Rotterdam, NL - V11
09.23.17 - Utrecht, NL - ACU &

# - w/ SNEAKS
% - w/ Darren Hanlon
& - w/ Magic Potion

Hardly Art rarities compilation, Hardly Released, out now

FRI, JUN 2, 2017

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Today marks the release of Hardly Released: Bedroom Recordings, Demos, Rarities, Unreleased, and Widely Ignored Material, a brand new compilation of rare or unheard material mined from the vaults of Hardly Art’s first 10 years of existence in celebration of a decade of failing upward in the music industry. Available digitally and on limited edition cassette, a portion of the proceeds from Hardly Released will benefit the ACLU. The 17 tracks that make up the compilation include rare cuts from Hardly Art heavy hitters such as Chastity Belt, La Luz, Shannon and the Clams, Hunx & His Punx and many, many more.

Stream Chastity Belt’s new album I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone

THU, MAY 25, 2017

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Credit: Conner Lyons

Starting today, you can head over to NPR Music for a First Listen of Chastity Belt’s highly-anticipated new album, I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone

I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone is out Friday, June 2nd on LP, CD, digital, and cassette and includes three bonus tracks. The band also announced a mid-summer West Coast tour in addition to their upcoming US and overseas tours. See below for a full list of dates. 

I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone is available now for preorder in our shop. 

06.01.17 - Seattle, WA - Record Release show at The Crocodile *
06.14.17 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club #
06.15.17 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean #
06.16.17 - Detroit, MI - Jumbo’s #
06.17.17 - Toronto, ON - Longboat Hall at the Great Hall #
06.18.17 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz #
06.19.17 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall #
06.20.17 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg #
06.22.17 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA #
06.23.17 - Washington, DC - Songbyrd %
06.24.17 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook %
06.25.17 - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight %
06.27.17 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Purgatory) %
06.28.17 - Nashville, TN - DRKMTTR %
06.29.17 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway %
06.30.17 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe’s %
07.01.17 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry %
07.28.17 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
07.29.17 - Olympia, WA - Obsidian
07.30.17 - Arcata, CA - Outer Space
07.31.17 - Santa Rosa, CA - Arlene Francis Center
08.01.17 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
08.02.17 - Fresno, CA - Strummer’s
08.03.17 - Los Angeles, CA - Teregram Ballroom
08.04.17 - San Diego, CA - Space Bar
08.07.17 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
08.08.17 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones
08.09.17 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place
08.11.17 - Portland, OR - Star Theater
09.04.17 - Margate, UK - The Dugout
09.05.17 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
09.06.17 - Manchester, UK - Star and Garter
09.07.17 - Newcastle, UK - Cluny
09.08.17 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast
09.10.17 - Isle of White, UK - Bestival
09.11.17 - Bristol, UK - Exchange
09.12.17 - Nottingham, UK - Bodega
09.13.17 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store
09.14.17 - London, UK - Garage
09.15.17 - Brussels, BE - Witloof Bar
09.16.17 - Cologne, DE - King Georg &
09.17.17 - Berlin, DE - Kantine Am Berghain &
09.19.17 - Vienna, AT - Arena &
09.20.17 - Lausanne, CH - La Romandie Club &
09.21.17 - Paris, FR - Espace B &
09.22.17 - Rotterdam, NL - V11
09.23.17 - Utrecht, NL - ACU &

* - w/ So Pitted, Jenn Champion
# - w/ SNEAKS
% - w/ Darren Hanlon
& - w/ Magic Potion

IAN SWEET to tour Europe with Girlpool this fall

WED, MAY 24, 2017

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Credit: Sarah Cass

IAN SWEET headline a run of West Coast, Southwest and Midwest tour dates starting tonight in Santa Cruz, to be followed by a series of shows across the US opening for their friends in Girlpool. In September, IAN SWEET are set to tour Europe for the first time, again with Girlpool. See below for a full list of upcoming performances. The band’s debut record, Shapeshifter, is out now on all formats. Stay tuned for more news on forthcoming IAN SWEET tour plans, and check out a new live performance of Shapeshifter’s title track below. 

05.24.17 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place
05.25.17 - Reno, NV - The Holland Project
05.27.17 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
05.28.17 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
05.30.17 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
05.31.17 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry *
06.02.17 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle *
06.03.17 - Chicago, IL - Do Division Street Festival
06.04.17 - Detroit, MI - El Club
06.05.17 - Toronto, CA - Horseshoe Tavern *
06.06.17 - Montreal, CA - Bar le “Ritz” P.D.B. *
06.07.17 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
06.09.17 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw *
06.10.17 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
09.06.17 - Bristol, UK - Thekla *
09.07.17 - London, UK - Village Underground *
09.08.17 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla *
09.09.17 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo *
09.11.17 - Brussels, BE - Botanique *
09.12.17 - Amsterdam, NE - Paradiso *
09.14.17 - Koln, DE - Artheater *
09.15.17 - Hamburg, DE - Golem *
09.16.17 - Berlin, DE - Berghain Kantine *
09.18.17 - Frankfurt, DE - Zoom *
09.19.17 - Zurich, CH - Rote Fabrik *

* - w/ Girlpool


Chastity Belt share new track “5am”

TUE, MAY 9, 2017

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Credit: Conner Lyons

This morning, Chastity Belt unveiled a third song from their upcoming full-length I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone. “5am” is the record’s epic closing number and reveals a harder-edged side of the band that hasn’t been heard before. I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone is out June 2nd on LP, CD, cassette, digital and streaming formats and includes three bonus tracks. See below for a list of US and UK tour dates.



05.20.17 - Seattle, WA - Bothell Block Party and Brewfest
06.01.17 - Seattle, WA - Record Release show at The Crocodile *
06.14.17 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club #
06.15.17 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean #
06.16.17 - Detroit, MI - Jumbo’s #
06.17.17 - Toronto, ON - Longboat Hall at the Great Hall #
06.18.17 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz #
06.19.17 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall #
06.20.17 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg #
06.22.17 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA #
06.23.17 - Washington, DC - Songbyrd %
06.24.17 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook %
06.25.17 - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight %
06.27.17 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Purgatory) %
06.28.17 - Nashville, TN - DRKMTTR %
06.29.17 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway %
06.30.17 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe’s %
07.01.17 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry %
08.01.17 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
08.03.17 - Los Angeles, CA - Teregram Ballroom
09.04.17 - Margate, UK - The Dugout
09.05.17 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
09.06.17 - Manchester, UK - Star and Garter
09.07.17 - Newcastle, UK - Cluny
09.08.17 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast
09.10.17 - Isle of White, UK - Bestival
09.11.17 - Bristol, UK - Exchange
09.12.17 - Nottingham, UK - Bodega
09.13.17 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store
09.14.17 - London, UK - Garage
09.15.17 - Brussels, BE - Witloof Bar
09.16.17 - Cologne, DE - King Georg &
09.17.17 - Berlin, DE - Kantine Am Berghain &
09.19.17 - Vienna, AT - Arena &
09.20.17 - Lausanne, CH - La Romandie Club &
09.21.17 - Paris, FR - Espace B &
09.22.17 - Rotterdam, NL - V11
09.23.17 - Utrecht, NL - ACU &

* - w/ So Pitted, Jenn Champion
# - w/ SNEAKS
% - w/ Darren Hanlon
& - w/ Magic Potion

Watch Dude York cover “Brandy” for The AV Club

TUE, MAY 2, 2017

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As part of The AV Club’s latest Undercover series–this time featuring contemporary bands covering ’70s gems from the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Seattle’s Dude York offer their take on “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass. Watch Dude York’s performance here. Dude York will be participating in the first of our two 10th anniversary concerts at Chop Suey in Seattle on May 18th, and touring the Western United States with seminal emo band The Anniversary in June. See below for a full list of dates.

Dude York’s Sincerely is out now on all formats

05.09.17 – Seattle, WA - The Vera Project %
05.11.17 - Seattle, WA - Upstream Festival at Piranha Shop
05.13.17 - Seattle, WA - Upstream Festival at Comedy Underground
05.13.17 - Portland, OR - St. John’s Bizarre &
05.18.17 - Seattle, WA - Hardly Art’s First Annual 10th Anniversary Extravaganza at Chop Suey *
06.09.17 – Phoenix, AZ - The Rebel Lounge #
06.10.17 – San Diego, CA - The Irenic #
06.11.17 – Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour #
06.13.17 – San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill #
06.15.17 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile #
06.16.17 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar #
09.01.17 - 09.03.17 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot

% – w/ Charly Bliss
* - w/ La Luz, Colleen Green, Tacocat (emcee)
& - w/ The Thermals
– w/ The Anniversary

Announcing Hardly Released, a 10th Anniversary compilation, out June 2

MON, MAY 1, 2017

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2017 marks Hardly Art’s 10th year of failing upward in the music industry, and as part of our celebrations, a brand new compilation of previously rare or unheard material will be released on Friday, June 2nd on digital and limited cassette formats. A portion of the proceeds from Hardly Released: Bedroom Recordings, Demos, Rarities, Unreleased, and Widely Ignored Material will be benefiting the ACLU, and artists from throughout all ten years of the label can be heard on it (17 in total!). 

Baby of the Band” by Hunx & His Punx is your first taste of the lost treasures this compilation has in store. 

Additionally, Hardly Art will host two consecutive 10th anniversary concerts in our native Seattle on May 18th and 19th at Chop Suey. The first night is all-ages and features performances by La Luz, Colleen Green, and Dude York with emcees Tacocat. The second, 21+ night will have sets by Shannon and the Clams, IAN SWEET, Jenn Champion, and Dick Stusso, with Hunx emceeing the proceedings. 

Stay tuned throughout the year for more updates on how we’re congratulating ourselves, and check the shop for more details and preorder information on Hardly Released