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Download the Hardly Art 2018 Sampler for Free!

FRI, DEC 21, 2018

2018 is coming to a close, and in the spirit of holiday giving we’ve to decided to give away a complimentary sampler over on the Hardly Art Bandcamp page. From Dick Stusso to IAN SWEET, relive your favorite Hardly Art musical moments of the year with these fifteen Hardly Art hits! And as a reminder: now through the end of the year you can save 20% on all orders of $25 or more from our webstore. Happy Hardlydays, everyone, see you in the new year!

Last Day for Shipping in 2018 is December 17th!

MON, DEC 10, 2018

Attention holiday shoppers: the Hardly Art warehouse is closed Dec 17th - Jan 7th for year-end inventory and holiday closure.  All orders placed on or after Dec 17th will not be processed until we are back on the 7th and will not start shipping until the 8th at the earliest. And a gentle reminder: we are offering 20% off of all orders of $25 or more now through the end of the year. If you want one of our new coffee mugs, heart tees, dad hats, totes, or any of our excellent releases, act fast and have a very Happy Holidays. 

Announcing Hardly Art’s Hardly For The Holidays Sale, On Now!

FRI, NOV 23, 2018

This holiday season, we’re gifting our fans with a steal of a deal in our Mini Mart. Now through the end of the year, you can enjoy 20% off of all orders over $25.

We’re also expanding our merch offerings with some new items to make your season bright: a coffee mug, stylish dad hat, Hardly Heart™ t-shirt, tote bag, and more to come! Hit up our Mini Mart today to get your shop on.

Lala Lala Announces First North American Headlining Tour, Shares “Copycat” Video

FRI, NOV 9, 2018

Lala Lala–the Chicago-based project of Lillie West that was recently named one of Stereogum’s Best New Bands of 2018–has released a new video for “Copycat,” off of the critically acclaimed album The Lamb, out now. The track confronts West’s feelings of alienation and boredom: “Some of this album is about being frustrated that everything is always repeating itself,” she explains. “‘Copycat’ in particular is about how everyone talks exactly the same on the Internet and it sometimes feels futile to try and be yourself.” Watch the Lillie West-directed video here.

Lala Lala have also announced their first ever headlining North American tour for early 2019. The band is currently on tour supporting WHY? and has been touring extensively throughout the summer and fall playing shows with Mothers, The Ophelias, Wolf Parade, and LVL UP. See below for a full itinerary of upcoming dates.

11/09 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge #
11/10 - Boise, ID @ Visual Arts Collective #
11/12 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s # SOLD OUT
11/13 - Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall #
11/14 - Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall #
11/15 - San Francisco, CA @ GAMH # SOLD OUT
11/16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram # SOLD OUT
11/17 - Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole #
11/19 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk #
11/20 - Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art Co. #
11/21 - St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room #
11/23 - Detroit, MI @ Loving Touch #^
11/24 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit Hall #^
11/25 - Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom #
11/27 - Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace #
11/28 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair #
11/29 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer #
11/30 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere # SOLD OUT
12/01 - Washington DC @ U Street Music Hall #
12/03 - Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry #
12/04 - Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall #
12/05 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West #
12/06 - Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle #
12/07 - Nashville, TN @ Exit / In #
12/08 - Lexington, KY @Cosmic Charlies #
01/17 - Chicago, IL @ Metro +
01/18 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
01/20 - Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo *
01/21 - Rock Island, IL @ Rozz Tox *
01/23 - Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s *
01/24 - Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong *
01/25 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA *
01/26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade *
01/29 - Montreal, QC @ Casa del Popolo *
01/30 - Toronto, ON @ Baby G *
01/31 - Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx *
02/01 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Calvin College *
02/02 - Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College *

# w/ WHY?
+ w/ Snail Mail, Varsity
* w/ Sen Morimoto 

IAN SWEET’S Crush Crusher Out Now!

FRI, OCT 26, 2018

Today we celebrate the release of IAN SWEET’s excellent new full-length Crush Crusher, the anticipated follow-up to 2016’s debut album Shapeshifter. It is out now worldwide on LP, CD, and  cassette, and available via digital retailers and streaming services. You can purchase your own copy (maybe on eye-popping orange swirl vinyl?) from our Mini Mart or finer record stores across the land. Additionally, the band is currently touring North America in support of Crush Crusher. See below for a full list of dates.

Fri, Oct 26 - Kilby Court, Salt Lake City UT (w/ Young Jesus)
Sat, Oct 27 - The Hi Dive, Denver CO (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Mon, Oct 29 - 7th St Entry, Minneapolis MN (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Tue, Oct 30 - Subterranean, Chicago IL (w/ Young Jesus)
Thu, Nov 1 - The Monarch (CA), Toronto Canada (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Fri, Nov 2 - Mohawk Place, Buffalo NY (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Sat, Nov 3 - Great Scott, Allston MA (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Mon, Nov 5 - The Park Church Co-op, Brooklyn NY (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Tue, Nov 6 - Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Thu, Nov 8 - Pinhook, Durham NC (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Fri, Nov 9 - Mothlight , Asheville NC (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Sat, Nov 10 - Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta GA (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Sun, Nov 11 - Broken Strings Brewery, Orlando FL (Ticket Link)
Mon, Nov 12 - The Wilbury, Tallahassee FL (w/ Young Jesus)
Tue, Nov 13 - Gasa Gasa, New Orleans LA (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Wed, Nov 14 - White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Thu, Nov 15 - Three Links, Dallas TX (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Fri, Nov 16 - The Mohawk, Austin TX (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Mon, Nov 19 - Valley Bar, Phoenix AZ (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Tue, Nov 20 - Soda Bar, San Diego CA (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Wed, Nov 28 - O’Leavers, Omaha NE (w/ Young Jesus)

Stream IAN SWEET’s Crush Crusher, Out Next Week

THU, OCT 18, 2018

Jilian Medford’s IAN SWEET has shared the album stream for her anticipated new album, Crush Crusher. Consequence of Sound, who premiered the stream today along with a Track By Track breakdown of the album penned by Medford, is saying “Several of the tracks, from ‘Holographic Jesus’ to ‘Borrowed Body’, run emotional and sonic gambits, with moments of simmering vulnerability boiling over into a rush of loud, shoegazing catharsis.” Crush Crusher is available for pre-order now and due out October 26th.

IAN SWEET is kicking off a full US tour with Young Jesus tonight with a record release show at the Lodge Room in Highland Park. All dates below.

10/18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room #
10/20 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill #
10/22 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios #
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 #
10/28 - Omaha, NE @ O’Leavers #
10/29 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry #
10/30 - Chicago @ Subterranean #
11/1 - Toronto, ON @ The Monarch #
11/2 - Buffalo @ Mohawk Place #
11/3 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott # ^
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

Chastity Belt Debut New Website and Premier New Music Video for “It’s Obvious” From Their Acclaimed Third Album

TUE, OCT 16, 2018

Seattle band Chastity Belt returns to the spotlight today with a new music video from director Claire Buss (The Future is 0) for “It’s Obvious,” a beautiful cut from their acclaimed 2017 release I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone. Watch the surreal clip above or on our YouTube channel.  Additionally, today Chastity Belt launched their first-ever official band website, www.chastitybeltmusic.com

Stay tuned for more from Chastity Belt in the near future.

IAN SWEET Shares Third Single from Crush Crusher, “Holographic Jesus”

TUE, OCT 2, 2018

IAN SWEET, the project of LA’s Jilian Medford, has released “Holographic Jesus,” the third and final single from her anticipated new album, Crush CrusherThe song tackles many of the album’s central themes, like the internalized pressure to become a caretaker in close friends’ lives. 

Of the song, Medford says “‘Holographic Jesus’ is a song based around collecting holographic Jesus posters from various Bodegas and dollar stores while living in Brooklyn. I am in no way religious but I hung them up all over my room and was constantly finding the nuances and idiosyncrasies of each one. You could turn your head the slightest and see an entirely different image reflected. I felt connected to that idea. Some people collect ceramic frogs or action figures but I collect holographic Jesus posters. This song is about the things I went through in that room while these posters were so to speak ‘watching over me.’”

Additionally, IAN SWEET has announced a full US tour with Young Jesus and Sean Henry that kicks off in LA this month with a record release show at the Lodge Room in Highland Park. Click here for a full list of dates. Crush Crusher is available for pre-order now and due out October 26th.

Lala Lala’s acclaimed new album The Lamb out now; watch new music video for “Scary Movie”

FRI, SEP 28, 2018

Lala Lala’s new album The Lamb – one of The A.V. Club and Paste’s most anticipated September releases – is out today on LP, CD, digital, and cassette. To celebrate, Lillie West shared a new video for album track “Scary Movie,” which PAPER Mag premiered alongside a feature on the Chicago band. The recently-discovered footage was originally filmed on 16mm by West’s parents before she was born. West re-edited it for the new song, explaining, “‘Scary Movie’ is primarily about perception and the often blurred line between reality and non reality. For the video I wanted to use this 16mm footage my parents took of each other before I was born because although I didn’t exist yet, their experience is in some way a part of me, so watching it is both familiar and disorienting. This is where I came from, but if I view it as memory, I am technically wrong. It feels real and fake at the same time, which is how every day feels sometimes, and is what the song is about.” The Lamb is now available for purchase here and streaming at all DSPs.

Lala Lala will play a hometown record release show tonight at Chicago’s Empty Bottle, and their extensive North American tour then continues with additional dates supporting WHY? and Mothers, including a stop at LA’s Resident on October 12th and a new NYC show at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere on November 30th. Click here for a full list of upcoming shows. 

IAN SWEET shares new music video for “Spit,” Crush Crusher out 10/26

WED, SEP 19, 2018

IAN SWEET, the project of LA’s Jilian Medford, has shared a video for ”Spit,” the latest from her upcoming album Crush Crusher. You can watch the video below or via Noisey, who premiered the video and profiled Medford today. Last month IAN SWEET shared ”Hiding,” the lead single from Crush Crusher, which Pitchfork said “finds the singer/guitarist at her most dissonant, mutating the sound around her to feel like it’s traveled miles to get to her listener,” while The FADER called it “some of her most emotionally intimate creations to date.”

Additionally, IAN SWEET has announced a Fall tour with Young Jesus that includes dates with Sean Henry. See here for a full list of dates and pre-order Crush Crusher today from our Mini Mart.