Hardly Art

Jenn Champion (fka S) announces new EP

MON, JUL 18, 2016

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Jenn Champion – who released the acclaimed 2014 full-length Cool Choices on Hardly Art under the moniker “S” – has returned with a new name and a new project. The digital-only No One EP, out August 5th, heralds a new, electronic-leaning direction for the Seattle songwriter. Stereogum premiered the EP’s title track this morning, which you can stream via their site or below. The No One EP features remixes from Glitterbang, Crater, USF, SassyBlack (THEESatisfaction), Breakmaster Cylinder, and Malidont.  

No One is available for preorder on all digital formats (mp3, alac, flac) in our fancy webstore

The Julie Ruin perform “I Decide” on Late Night with Seth Meyers

WED, JUL 13, 2016

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On last night’s broadcast of Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Julie Ruin performed their anthemic single “I Decide,” from the just-released new LP Hit Reset. Watch footage of their performance here or by clicking the link above. The first leg of the band’s US tour kicks off tomorrow night in Chicago at Thalia Hall.

The Julie Ruin’s widely-acclaimed Hit Reset is available now on LP, CD, digital, and cassette formats.

Watch The Julie Ruin’s new video for “I’m Done”; Hit Reset out tomorrow

THU, JUL 7, 2016


Today, Rookie Magazine shared The Julie Ruin’s first music video from their highly-anticipated new record Hit Reset, out tomorrow. Director Laura Parnes’ clip for the band’s defiant, anthemic “I’m Done” features frontwoman Kathleen Hanna teaming up with a gaggle of iconic iterations of her past self in a karaoke battle against haters everywhere. Watch the video here or below. Next Tuesday, July 12th, The July Ruin will perform live on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. The band hits the road in support of Hit Reset starting next Thursday night in Chicago.

Hit Reset is available on LP, CD, digital, and cassette formats tomorrow.

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

THU, JUN 30, 2016

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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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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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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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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

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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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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