Hardly Art

Announcing The First Annual 10th Anniversary Extravaganza

MON, MAR 27, 2017

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Credit: Flyer by Cody Blanchard

Hardly Art! It’s a label, it’s a phenomenon, it’s a presence that we hope you have appreciated and/or at least somewhat noticed over the past decade. 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of us, and to celebrate, we are hosting a grand ol’ party this May at Chop Suey. TWO grand ol’ parties, in fact – one night will be all-ages, and the other 21+. Both nights will feature incredible lineups, special guest emcees, and other shenanigans to make it a two’fer to remember. Chop Suey is selling advance tickets for both dates, available on the tour page or linked below. We will be announcing more artists in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! 

The First Annual 10th Anniversary Extravaganza: Night One
The First Annual 10th Anniversary Extravaganza: Night Two

Watch Dude York’s new video for “Tonight”

THU, MAR 23, 2017

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Dude York’s ”Tonight” has been called “an album highlight that perfectly captures the sweet, punky sound that’s uniquely Dude York” (BUST), and now you can experience its excellence using your eyeballs as well as your ears. In the exuberant music video from director Carlos Lopez, the band spends a day at their favorite malls shopping, stuffing their faces, bungee-ing, getting makeovers, and generally causing mayhem. Go forth and stream it in all its glory.

Dude York’s U.S. tour with PAWS kicks off this week and wraps on April 9th in their native Seattle, opening for a little band called Weezer. In June, they open for The Anniversary on a West Coast run – see below for a full list of dates. 

Sincerely is out now on all formats and streaming services.  



03.23.17 – Washington, DC – Songbyrd Music House ^ (tix)
03.24.17 – Philadelphia, PA – Ortlieb’s Lounge ^ (tix)
03.25.17 – Brooklyn, NY – The Knitting Factory ^ (tix)
03.27.17 – Boston, MA – Great Scott ^ (tix)
03.28.17 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz ^ (tix)
03.29.17 – Toronto, ON – Smiling Buddha ^ (tix)
03.30.17 – Detroit, MI – The Underground at DIME ^ (tix)
03.31.17 – Lakewood, OH – Mahall’s 20 Lanes ^ (tix)
04.01.17 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge ^ (tix)
04.02.17 – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club ^ (tix)
04.03.17 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown ^ (tix)
04.05.17 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive ^ (tix)
04.06.17 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court ^ (tix)
04.07.17 – Boise, ID – The Olympic Venue ^ (tix)
04.08.17 – Portland, OR – Analog Lounge ^ (tix)
04.09.17 – Seattle, WA - The Showbox *
05.09.17 – Seattle, WA - The Vera Project %
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 #

^ – w/ PAWS
* – w/ Weezer
% – w/ Charly Bliss
– w/ The Anniversary

Announcing Chastity Belt’s I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone, out June 2

WED, MAR 8, 2017

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Credit: Conner Lyons

Hardly Art is proud to announce I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone – the highly-anticipated third studio album from Seattle’s Chastity Belt – out Friday, June 2nd on all formats and streaming services. Get your first taste of this dazzling, introspective album with the band’s new video for ”Different Now,” which affectionately riffs on Temple of the Dog’s classic video for ”Hunger Strike.” Watch the “Different Now” video below.

The band’s West Coast tour kicks off tomorrow night in San Francisco, and they will be playing a number of showcases at this year’s SXSW. Three bonus tracks will be included on all CD and digital versions, as well as on digital downloads included with LP purchases. All album details – and a convenient pre-order for all formats – can be found in the shop. Read on for a complete list of upcoming tour dates, and check the artist page for more on Chastity Belt’s long-awaited return.


03.09.17 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop *
03.10.17 - Los Angeles, CA - Resident *
03.11.17 - Phoenix, AZ - Viva Phx Festival
03.12.17 - El Paso, TX - The Perch *
03.13.17 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger *

SXSW
03.14.17 - She Shreds Showcase - Las Cruxes, 4:30 PM #
03.15.17 - South By San Jose - Hotel San Jose, 5:00 PM
03.15.17 - Modern Sky Official Showcase - Barracuda,  10:00 PM
03.16.17 - Another Planet/Noise Pop Showcase - Sidewinder, 2:30 PM
03.17.17 - Laneway Festival Showcase - Mohawk, 4:30 PM
03.17.17 - Waterloo Records, 6:00 PM
03.17.17 - SPIN Official Showcase - Empire Control Room, 10:00 PM

03.18.17 - Dallas, TX - NSFWknd at Club Dada ^
03.21.17 - Denver, CO - Globe Hall  &
03.23.17 - Boise, ID - Treefort Music Festival %
03.24.17 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios $
06.01.17 - Seattle, WA - Record Release Show at the Crocodile

* - w/ Lisa Prank
# - w/ IAN SWEET, Dude York, Sad13, Jay Som, Lisa Prank, Diet Cig, more
^ - w/ Weaves, Priests, Flasher
& - w/ Tele Novella
% - w/ The Coathangers
$ - w/ Kane Strang

IAN SWEET kick off massive tour tonight, watch live footage via Audiotree

WED, MAR 1, 2017

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IAN SWEET set out this evening on the first night of a U.S. tour with bands including Ovlov, Cherry Glazerr, Lala Lala, and Post Life, with SXSW appearances in-between (more TBA soon) and their first-ever run of West Coast tour dates in support of last year’s acclaimed Shapeshifter. See below for a full list of upcoming shows as well as three excellent clips of live footage courtesy of Audiotree, recorded at Schuba’s in Chicago during the Tomorrow Never Knows music festival. 


03.01.17 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall * !
03.02.17 - Albany, NY - The Hollow * #
03.03.17 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC * #
03.04.17 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge *
03.09.17 - Richmond, VA - Gallery 5 ^ #
03.10.17 - Charlotte, NC - Snug Hardbor ^ ! #
03.11.17 - Savannah, GA - Savannah Stopover Music Festival

SXSW
03.14.17 - She Shreds SXSW Showcase - Las Cruxes, 2:30 PM
03.14.17 - Harry Fox Agency/Rumblefish Party - Sidebar, 4:15 PM
03.15.17 - Noisey/Jansport Showcase w/ Lil Yachty, more - Cheer Up Charlie’s, 10:00 PM
03.16.17 - The Alternative Showcase - Shirley’s Temple, 4:30 PM
03.16.17 - Tigerbomb Showcase - The Market, 11:00 PM
03.17.17 - Exploding in Sound Showcase - Todd’s Mansion, 2:30 PM
03.17.17 - Austin Oasis 2017 - Hole In the Wall
03.17.17 - KVRX Simpatico Booking Showcase - Fine Southern Gentleman, 6:00 PM
03.17.17 - Flowerbooking Showcase - Sidewinder, 8:35 PM
03.18.17 - Do512 Showcase - Barracuda, 2:00 PM
03.18.17 - Smear Mag/KVRX Showcase - Spiderhouse, 4:45 PM

03.20.17 - Dallas, TX - Three Links $ #
03.22.17 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia $ !
03.24.17 - Nashville, TN - The High Watt $ !
03.25.17 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade $ #
03.26.17 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder $ !
03.27.17 - Orlando, FL - The Social $ #
03.28.17 - Jacksonville, FL - Nighthawks
03.29.17 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle $ #
03.31.17 - Columbus OH - Rumba Cafe $ #
04.01.17 - Bloomington, IN - Blockhouse Bloomington $ !
04.02.17 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway $ #
04.03.17 - Oklahoma City, OK - 89th Street Collective
04.05.17 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar $ #
04.06.17 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriets $ #
04.07.17 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room $ #
04.08.17 - San Diego, CA - Che Cafe Collective %
04.11.17 - Pomona, CA - Acerogami %
04.12.17 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop %
04.15.17 - Seattle, WA - Barboza %
04.16.17 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios %
04.18.17 - Arcata, CA - Outer Space %

* - w/ Slothrust
^ - w/ Ovlov
$ - w/ Cherry Glazerr, Lala Lala
% - w/ Post Life
# - all-ages
! - 18+

Dude York’s Sincerely out today! Watch new “Love Is” music video

FRI, FEB 24, 2017

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Seattle trio Dude York’s new full-length Sincerely is finally out today on colored vinyl, CD, digital, cassette, and all streaming services. In recognition of this milestone, the band has shared the album’s first music video for their anti-love anthem ”Love Is.” Watch their tribute to public access TV and musical countdown variety programs below. Dude York will be playing SXSW and touring the US with Glaswegian rock band PAWS – all current details can be found on the tour page!



Listen to Dude York’s Sincerely in full

THU, FEB 16, 2017

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Credit: Sam Gehrke

That’s right: in case you hadn’t noticed our intrepid news posts attempting to inform you, gentle reader, that a new album from Dude York called Sincerely is on the horizon, we are here to tell you….. once more. And not only can we tell you, but we have actual audio proof! A stream of the album in full is now available through CLRVYNT, a site of clearly esteemed taste. Additionally, the band has shared details of their release week festivities around the Seattle area – find details and tune into the fineries of Sincerely below. Sincerely is out February 24 on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats.

Thurs 2/23: Release show at Chop Suey w/ Lisa Prank, Mommy Long Legs
Fri 2/24: In-store at Sonic Boom – free + all-ages, 6pm
Sat 2/25: On air performance on KEXP’s Audioasis 6-9pm PDT

Happy Valentine’s! Enjoy Dude York’s “Love Is”

TUE, FEB 14, 2017

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Credit: Sam Gehrke

In recognition of Valentine’s Day, Seattle trio Dude York have shared another arresting single from their upcoming full-length Sincerely, out February 24th. Appropriately titled “Love Is,” the song is about “the balance you face when turning your experiences into art and the line you cross when realizing you are a participant in someone else’s story as much as they are in yours, especially in a history of music where women’s contributions have been routinely overshadowed or villainized in comparison to their male partners,” according to bassist Claire England, who wrote and sings lead vocals on the track. Stream “Love Is” below. 

Dude York share new single “Tonight”; Sincerely out Feb 24

TUE, JAN 17, 2017

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Credit: Sam Gehrke

Today, Seattle band Dude York shared a new track from their upcoming full-length Sincerely, out February 24th. “Tonight” is another rousing, spirited anthem from the trio, with bassist Claire England delivering kiss-off lyrics over surging verses and explosive choruses. Listen to “Tonight” via Stereogum or stream it below. Additionally, the band has announced a nationwide tour in support of Sincerely. See below for a full list of dates.



02.09.17 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom &
02.23.17 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey (ALL-AGES) (tix)
03.07.17 – San Francisco, CA – Above DNA *
03.08.17 – Los Angeles, CA – Resident *
03.09.17 – San Diego, CA – The Hideout *
03.13.17 – 03.19.17 – Austin, TX - SXSW
03.21.17 – Atlanta, GA – 529 ^
03.22.17 – Durham , NC  – The Pinhook ^
03.23.17 – Washington, DC – Songbyrd Music House ^
03.24.17 – Philadelphia, PA – Ortlieb’s Lounge ^
03.25.17 – Brooklyn, NY – Shea Stadium ^
03.27.17 – Boston, MA – Great Scott ^
03.28.17 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz ^
03.29.17 – Toronto, ON – Smiling Buddha ^
03.30.17 – Detroit, MI – The Underground at DIME ^
03.31.17 – Lakewood, OH – Mahall’s 20 Lanes ^
04.01.17 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge ^
04.02.17 – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club ^
04.03.17 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown ^
04.05.17 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive ^
04.06.17 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court ^
04.07.17 – Boise, ID – The Olympic Venue ^
04.08.17 – Portland, OR – Analog Lounge ^

& – w/ Hanni El Khatib, Pinky Pinky
* – w/ Tennis System
^ – w/ PAWS

Watch out world, it’s a SALE!

MON, JAN 9, 2017

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Grey skies got you feeling glum? Endless amounts of snow and wind and looming autocracies bringing you down? Well we at Hardly Art HQ are pleased to report that we aim to fix all problems of the modern world by hosting the first-ever sale in our highly-rated digital web shoppe emporium. See for yourself! 

Create your own soundtrack for the end times with the dulcet tones offered within our fine catalog, now 15% off when you purchase $30 or more, today through February 6th. All nitty-gritty details can be found on our newly-created-but-still-very-handy sale page

(Please note / fine print, this sale is for items sold through hardlyart.com only.) 


Watch IAN SWEET’s video for “Slime Time Live,” tour starts tomorrow

FRI, JAN 6, 2017

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Just in time for the start of a run of tour dates with Acid Dad, Brooklyn trio IAN SWEET have shared a strange and somewhat queasy new music video for their Shapeshifter single “Slime Time Live.” Featuring IAN SWEET guitarist/vocalist Jilian Medford and – in her acting debut as “Jilian’s Mom” – Jilian’s actual mom, the video from director Ryan Baxley plumbs deep, neon green depths of weirdness. Head over to Brooklyn Vegan or below to watch. 

Read on to find all upcoming tour details for IAN SWEET, including a newly announced tour with Cherry Glazerr, and stay tuned for news of the band’s SXSW appearances. As always, the most up-to-date tour info can be found on the tour page.


01.07.17 - Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium
01.09.17 - Washington, DC - DC9
01.10.17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe *
01.11.17 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub *
01.12.17 - Madison WI - FRZN Fest ^
01.13.17 - Chicago, IL - Tomorrow Never Knows Festival at Schuba’s &
01.14.17 - Grand Rapids, MI - Founders Brewing
01.17.17 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery *
01.18.17 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA *
03.09.17 – Richmond, VA – Gallery 5 $ @
03.10.17 – Charlotte, NC – Snug Harbor $ !
03.20.17 – Dallas, TX – Three Links # @
03.22.17 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia # !
03.24.17 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt # !
03.25.17 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade # @
03.26.17 – Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder # !
03.27.17 – Orlando, FL – The Social # @
03.29.17 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle # @
03.31.17 – Columbus, OH – Rumba Café # @
04.01.17 – Bloomington, IN – Blockhouse # !
04.02.17 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway # @
04.05.17 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar # @
04.06.17 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy and Harriet’s # @
04.07.17 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room # @

$ - w/ Ovlov
# - w/ Cherry Glazerr, Lala Lala
@ - All-ages show
! - 18+ show
* - w/ Acid Dad
^ - w/ Big Thief
& - w/ Foxtrott