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Stream The Julie Ruin’s Hit Reset, out July 8

THU, JUN 30, 2016

Credit: Shervin Lainez

Starting today, you can stream all 13 tracks from The Julie Ruins second full-length album Hit Reset via NPR Music’s First Listen. Writer Ann Powers says of Hit Reset that “[Kathleen Hanna] triumphs at every decibel,” adding, “The sound Hanna has developed with [keyboardist Kenny] Mellman, bassist Kathi Wilcox, guitarist Sarah Landreau and drummer Carmine Cavelli is deceptively loose, invoking girl groups, glam, hardcore punk and the party jams of Hanna’s own protégés, like her labelmates in Tacocat, while always keeping humor and truth-telling at the center.”

Stream Hit Reset at NPR now.

Hit Reset is available on LP, CD, digital, and cassette formats Friday, July 8th. Pre-orders are available here

Tacocat announce Fall U.S. tour dates, share “I Live For The Sun” cover

MON, JUN 27, 2016

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Credit: Nate Watters

Seattle band Tacocat will be capping off their already-incredible 2016 with another nationwide tour this September/October–including a headlining show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg–with even more dates TBA. Head here for a full list of upcoming shows, including next month’s West Coast run with The Regrettes.

The band’s also heralding the arrival of summer weather with a cover version of The Sunray’s 1965 gem “I Live For The Sun,” which you can stream here.

Chastity Belt announce Australian, West Coast tour dates

WED, JUN 15, 2016

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Credit: Sarah Cass

Ever-busy, widely-beloved Seattle rock group Chastity Belt will embark to Australia this fall for a run of shows in the homeland of their onetime-tourmate Courtney Barnett. In addition, they’ve shared new August tour dates along the West Coast, and will headline a sold-out show at Brooklyn’s Market Hotel tonight featuring labelmates Colleen Green and IAN SWEET. Their current East Coast/Midwest tour includes an appearance at this month’s Sled Island music festival in Calgary.

See the tour page for a full list of current and upcoming Chastity Belt performances.

Hardly Art signs IAN SWEET; Shapeshifter due out Sept 9

TUE, JUN 14, 2016

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Credit: Eleanor Petry

Hardly Art is pleased to welcome Brooklyn trio IAN SWEET (formerly IAN) to our roster. Shapeshifter – the band’s first-ever full length album – will be released on CD, LP, digital and cassette formats on Friday, September 9th. Earlier today, The FADER premiered IAN SWEET’s dexterous, buoyant new single “Slime Time Live.” The song’s title references an early aughts Nickelodeon show, though its subject matter is weighty (the emotional quicksand of heartbreak and anxiety), and given striking dimension by frontwoman Jilian Medford’s guileless gem of a voice. Listen here or via the embed below.

IAN SWEET perform tonight in Cambridge at Middle East Downstairs with labelmates Colleen Green and Chastity Belt, and tomorrow night in Brooklyn at Market Hotel with the same pairing. See the tour page for a full list of upcoming shows.

In addition to releasing Shapeshifter this fall, IAN SWEET’s acclaimed 2014 debut EP has been remastered and re-released. This six song self-titled release is available today from Hardly Art on digital/streaming and cassette formats. Pre-orders for Shapeshifter are available here, orders for IAN SWEET are available here

Watch Tacocat cover Katy Perry’s “Roar”

TUE, MAY 24, 2016


This morning, The AV Club shared Seattle band Tacocat’s live cover of Katy Perry’s smash-hit “Roar” as part of their ongoing Undercover series. You can watch their performance – which begs the question, is this an olive branch or a shot back in Katy’s direction? – here or by clicking the .gif above. Tacocat is currently concluding a marathon European tour and will perform on the mainstage of the Sasquatch! Music Festival this coming Sunday. 

Tacocat’s third studio LP Lost Time is out now on all formats.

The Julie Ruin share new single “I’m Done”, announce tour dates

MON, MAY 23, 2016

Credit: Shervin Lainez

This morning, Stereogum premiered “I’m Done,” the second mp3 single from The Julie Ruin’s highly-anticipated new full-length Hit Reset, out on multiple formats Friday, July 8th. You can stream or download the song – one of the peppiest, most singalong-worthy kiss-offs you’re likely to hear all year – below or via SoundcloudThe band also announced a metric ton of upcoming North American and international tour dates today. See below and/or the tour page for a full list of dates.

Pre-orders for Hit Reset are available now on CD, CS, digital, or limited white vinyl LPs.

07.14.16 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall (tix)
07.15.16 - Detroit, MI - Marble Bar (tix)
07.16.16 - Lakewood, OH - Mahall’s (tix)
07.18.16 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace (tix)
07.19.16 - Montreal, QC - Theater Fairmount (tix)
07.21.16 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair (tix)
07.23.16 - New York, NY - Panorama Music, Art, & Technology Festival (tix)
08.10.16 - Richmond, VA - The Broadberry
08.12.16 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
08.13.16 - Atlanta, GA - Wrecking Ball (tix)
08.14.16 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn (tix)
08.16.16 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge (tix)
08.17.16 - Cincinnati, OH - Woodward Theater
08.19.16 - Washington. DC - Black Cat (tix)
08.20.16 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer (tix)
10.07.16 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater (tix)
10.08.16 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox at the Market (tix)
10.09.16 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom (tix)
10.11.16 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore (tix)
10.14.16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy Theater (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 - CCA (tix)

Tacocat share new music video for “Talk”

FRI, APR 29, 2016

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Credit: Directed by Marcy Stone-Francois

Sunday evening in Manchester, Tacocat’s Lost Time overseas tour begins with a set at the Sounds From the Other City Festival. In honor of the band’s long-awaited return to Europe, we’ve shared their sparkling new ultraviolet music video for moody single”Talk,” which premiered earlier today via NYLON. Head there to watch the video (and read the band’s Top 5 Life Lessons they learned from Dana Katherine Scully), or check it out by clicking the image above. For a full list of European tour dates, see below, or scope them on our ever-convenient tour page.

05.01.16 - Machester, UK - Sounds From the Other City Festival (tix)
05.02.16 - Nottingham, UK - JT Soar (tix)
05.03.16 - Edinburgh, UK - Electric Circus (tix)
05.04.16 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast (tix)
05.05.16 - Cardiff, UK - The Moon Club (tix)
05.06.16 - Brighton, UK - Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
05.07.16 - London, UK - The Lexington (tix)
05.09.16 - Paris, FR - Le Mecanique Ondulature
05.10.16 - Lyon, FR - Le Periscope
05.11.16 - Luzern, CH - Schüür (tix)
05.12.16 - Geneva, CH - Kalvingrad L’Usine
05.13.16 - Schorndorf, DE - Manufaktur (tix)
05.14.16 - Tilburg, NE - Extase
05.15.16 - Hamburg, DE - Aalhaus (tix)
05.18.16 - Stockholm, SE - Lilla Hotelbarren
05.19.16 - Oslo, NO - Internasjonalen (tix)
05.20.16 - Lund, SE - Mejereit (tix)
05.21.16 - Copenhagen, DK - Huset
05.22.16 - Berlin, DE - Westgermany (tix)
05.23.16 - Gent, BE - Cafe Video (tix)
05.27.16 - 05.30.16 - George, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
07.15.16 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill (tix)
07.16.16 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones
07.19.16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo (tix)
07.20.16 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar (tix)
07.21.16 - Tucscon, AZ - Club Congress (tix)
07.22.16 - Phoneix, AZ - Valley Bar (tix)
07.23.16 - Sante Fe, NM - Meow Wolf

La Luz kick off epic tour, issue Damp Face EP on 10”

FRI, APR 22, 2016

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Let it never be said that La Luz are disinclined to hard work. The tour-happy four-piece returns to the road today with a show in Claremont, California that kicks off a three-month North American tour which includes appearances at the Levitation, Sasquatch!, and Pickathon music festivals. Additionally, Hardly Art is pleased to announce that La Luz’s breakthrough debut EP Damp Face is now available on vinyl for the first time ever. This 10” release an be purchased exclusively through our webstore, in record shops, or at the band’s merch table on any given stop of their ambitious Spring/Summer tour.

See below (or the tour page) for a full list of upcoming tour dates.

04.22.16 - Claremont, CA - Kohoutek Music and Arts Festival
04.27.16 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress *
04.29.16 - Austin, TX - Levitation Fest at Carson Creek Ranch !
04.30.16 - San Marcos, TX - Texas State University’s MR Fest
05.01.16 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia *
05.03.16 - Tallahassee, FL - Warhorse Whiskey *
05.04.16 - Miami, FL - Gramps Bar *
05.05.16 - Jacksonville, FL - Burro Bar *
05.06.16 - Atlanta, GA - Aisle 5 *
05.07.16 - Nashville, TN - The High Watt *
05.09.16 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade @
05.10.16 - Baltimore, MD - The WindUp Space @
05.11.16 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs @
05.12.16 - Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotel @
05.17.16 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern @
05.18.16 - Detroit, MI - Marble Bar @
05.20.16 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean %
05.21.16 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue and 7th Street Entry %
05.22.16 - Fargo, MD - The Aquarium (Dempsey’s Upstairs) %
05.24.16 - Missoula, MT - Stage 112 %
05.25.16 - Calgary, AB - Palomino Social Club %
05.27.16 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret %
05.28.16 - George, WA - Sasquatch! Music Festival
05.31.16 - Pendleton, OR - Great Pacific %
06.01.16 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios %
06.02.16 - Arcata, CA - Richard’s Goat %
06.04.16 - Santa Rosa, CA - Arlene Francis Center %
06.05.16 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater %
08.05-07.16 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon $

* - w/ Massenger
@ - w/ Las Rosas
% - w/ Sick Sad World
! - w/ Animal Collective, Caribou, Slowdive, Ty Segall, more
$ - w/ Protomartyr, Julia Holter, Ty Segall, more

Announcing The Julie Ruin’s Hit Reset, out July 8, 2016

MON, APR 11, 2016

Credit: Shervin Lainez

Hardly Art is incredibly proud to announce its latest signing: The Julie Ruin. Set for release on LP, CD, digital, and cassette formats on Friday, July 8th, Hit Reset – which finds the band operating at the peak of their considerable talents – is The Julie Ruin’s first full-length since 2013’s Run Fast and the release of the biographical documentary The Punk Singer (which charts Kathleen Hanna’s career from the founding of Bikini Kill through to this latest iteration of The Julie Ruin). Leadoff single “I Decide” premiered this morning via Pitchfork, and was heard last night on Henry Rollins’ KCRW radio program. It’s yours to stream here or via the embed below. The band has also shared a lyric video for the song, starring Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield as she listens to the song for the first time at SXSW, which you can watch below.

Of Hit Reset’s subject matter, Kathleen Hanna says, “I was way more honest lyrically on this record because we’d been on the road together and I felt more confident taking risks in front of my bandmates,” adding “I’ve written about my personal bouts with illness, abuse, sexism and how hard it is for me to walk away from people even when they are toxic Tasmanian Devils before, but not in this way.”

Hit Reset is now available in our shop for preorder on all formats, with the first press of LPs on white vinyl.

Lost Time out today! Watch Tacocat’s “Dana Katherine Scully” music video

FRI, APR 1, 2016

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Lost Time, the highly-anticipated new record from Seattle band Tacocat is finally out today on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats. Rookie Magazine has your first look at “Dana Katherine Scully,” the group’s new self-made music video for Lost Time’s opening track. Watch that by clicking here or the .gif above. The Powerpuff Girls, for which Tacocat performed the theme song ”Who’s Got the Power?”, premieres on Cartoon Network this Monday. 

On the tour front, the band recently opened for Senator Bernie Sanders’ Seattle campaign rally at Safeco Field, to a crowd of thousands. They tour the U.S. and Europe starting tomorrow, and just announced a slew of West Coast and Southwest U.S. dates for this July. See the tour page for a full list of upcoming Tacocat performances, and find copies of Lost Time on all formats (LPs on colored vinyl!) in the shop.