Hardly Art

Gazebos announce new 2017 West Coast / Southwest tour dates

FRI, DEC 2, 2016

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Seattle art-pop outfit Gazebos will be hitting the road in early 2017 for a run of dates with Summer Cannibals and Boyfriends. This tour will be many fans’ first chance to witness the combined talents of the band’s new line-up. Their revamped rhythm section includes Tyler Swan (Truckasauras) on drums and Kimberly Morrison (The Dutchess & the Duke) on bass. Watch the band’s beguiling video for “I Don’t Wanna Be Here” from Sundance-award-winning director Carlos Lopez below, followed by a full list of upcoming performances. As always, the most up-to-date show information can be found on the tour page

12.08.16 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey 
01.12.17 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey * ^
01.13.17 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom  % (all-ages)
01.14.17 - Eugene, OR - W.O.W. Hall * ^ (all-ages)
01.17.17 - Sacramento, CA - Blue Lamp *
01.18.17 - Oakland, CA - 1-2-3-4 Go! Records * # (all-ages)
01.19.17 - Los Angeles, CA - Resident * !
01.20.17 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar *
01.21.17 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern *
01.22.17 - Reno, NV - Holland Project * (all-ages)
01.23.17 - Boise, ID - Neurolux *

* - w/ Boyfriends
^ - w/ Summer Cannibals
% - w/ Hurry Up
# - w/ Valley Boy
! - w/ Part Time

The Julie Ruin’s European tour kicks off this weekend

MON, NOV 21, 2016

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On Saturday, The Julie Ruin’s European tour will get underway with a set at the Week-End Festival in Cologne, Germany. The band’s triumphant new album Hit Reset has already been praised as one of the year’s finest, and their recent US concerts have received similar plaudits, most recently from Pitchfork

For a full list of where overseas fans can catch their cathartic live show (in some markets, for the very first time), see below or visit hardlyart.com/tours.

11.26.16 - Cologne, DE - Week-end Festival at Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim (tix)
11.27.16 - Berlin, DE - Columbia Theater (tix)
11.28.16 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso (Small Hall) (tix)
11.30.16 - Brussels, BE - Botanique Rotonde (tix)
12.01.16 - Paris, FR - Point Ephemere (tix)
12.02.16 - London, UK - KOKO (tix)
12.04.16 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla (tix)
12.05.16 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club (tix)
12.06.16 - Glasgow, UK - The Art School (SOLD OUT)

Announcing Dude York’s Sincerely, hear first single “Black Jack”

TUE, NOV 15, 2016

Credit: Sam Gehrke

Hardly Art is proud to announce its first release of 2017: Sincerely, by the Seattle trio Dude York. Earlier today, The FADER premiered the anthemic leadoff single “Black Jack,” which you can stream or download from the link below. Sincerely, which will be out on CD, LP, digital, and cassette on Friday, February 24th, is available for pre-order now (LPs come on clear vinyl with pink haze, while supplies last). On Thursday, Dude York opens for White Lung at Resident in Los Angeles. Check out the album artwork below, and head to the artist page for more about Sincerely

Listen to The Julie Ruin’s Kathleen Hanna in conversation with Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy

THU, OCT 13, 2016

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Today, you can can listen to the latest episode of The Talkhouse podcast, which features an insightful conversation between The Julie Ruin’s Kathleen Hanna and Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy. Stream it via the link above or in iTunes. The two cover topics as wide-ranging as the state of modern punk, the election, and the “etsyfication of riot grrrl.”

The Julie Ruin is currently touring the West Coast and play two sold-out shows at The Roxy in Los Angeles Friday and Saturday night.  For a full list of dates and venues – where you can catch the band covering Bikini Kill’s seminal “Rebel Girl” – visit hardlyart.com/tours

The newest release from The Julie Ruin, Hit Reset, is out now.

The Moondoggies’ debut LP Don’t Be A Stranger out on vinyl for the first time today

FRI, OCT 7, 2016

Credit: Joel Kvernmo

Northwest Americana band The Moondoggies’  2008 debut full-length Don’t Be A Stranger was one of the first releases in Hardly Art’s history. As of today, the record has finally been made available on vinyl for the first time. This double LP package also includes five b-sides from the band’s early days, including the woodsy rocker “Oh Now Honey,” which you can stream here or via the link above. 

Purchases for the vinyl edition and digital editions (incl. bonus tracks) of Don’t Be A Stranger are available now.

Tacocat share new video for “The Internet,” doing official Twitter Q&A Friday night

FRI, SEP 30, 2016

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Tacocat have just self-released a new music video for their anti-online harassment anthem “The Internet.” The Seattle band are currently in the middle of a nationwide tour with Dude York and Daddy Issues, and tomorrow evening at 6:30 PM EST, they’ll be participating in an official Q&A session on Twitter (fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #AskTacocat). Sunday night, Tacocat headline Music Hall of Williamsburg. Watch their video for “The Internet” below.

IAN SWEET’S Shapeshifter out now, watch new video for “All Skaters Go to Heaven”

FRI, SEP 9, 2016


After months of anticipation, Brooklyn trio IAN SWEET’s debut full-length Shapeshifter is out today on LP, CD, digital, and cassette formats. The band headlines a record release show tonight at Shea Stadium featuring support from Florist, Horse Jumper of Love, and Hovvdy. Additionally, Noisey has shared the band’s excellent new music video for “All Skaters Go to Heaven,” which is bound to kick-flip its way into your heart. Watch it below. Purchase Shapeshifter today from our webstore.

Stream IAN SWEET’s Shapeshifter, out next week

THU, SEP 1, 2016

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Starting today, you can stream all ten tracks from IAN SWEET’s debut full-length Shapeshifter via SPIN.com or our Soundcloud page. Shapeshifter’s already being praised as “a catchy, honest debut” (The Village Voice) and “a love letter to being alone and making it out alive, told through a gorgeously noisy wall of sound” (NPR Music). The album will be available on white vinyl LP starting Tuesday, September 6th, and will be out on CD, cassette, and digital formats Friday, September 9th.

The band hits the road in support of Shapeshifter on Tuesday, September 6th with a show at the Middle East Upstairs, and celebrates their record release on Friday, September 9th with a Shea Stadium show in Brooklyn featuring Florist, Horse Jumper of Love, and Hovvdy. Click here for a full list of dates. 

NPR premieres IAN SWEET’s new video for “#23”

WED, AUG 24, 2016

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IAN SWEET’s “#23” – from the forthcoming full length Shapeshifter, out 9/6 on vinyl and 9/9 on other formats – now has an accompanying music video, which premiered today via NPR Music. Filmed on location in Coney Island and the band’s native Brooklyn, the video follows vocalist Jilian Medford as she journeys from concrete corridors to sun-drenched beaches and amusement parks at magic hour. Watch the video below.

Pre-orders for Shapeshifter on all formats are available here

The Moondoggies share unheard b-side “Oh Now Honey”; debut LP coming to vinyl for the first time

TUE, AUG 23, 2016

Credit: Joel Kvernmo

Ten years ago in the woodsy city of Everett, Washington, five friends banded together to form The Moondoggies, a beloved Northwest Americana band whose 2008 debut full-length Don’t Be A Stranger was one of the first releases in Hardly Art’s history. On October 7th, the record will finally be made available on vinyl for the first time. The double LP will also include five b-sides from The Moondoggies’ early days, including the raw, rollicking “Oh Now Honey,” which you can stream below.

Pre-orders for the vinyl edition of Don’t Be A Stranger are available now. Find details on the band’s upcoming 10-year anniversary shows on the tour page.