Hardly Art

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

Credit: Andrew Imanaka

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

Dana 1

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.

Stream Tacocat’s Lost Time, out 4/1/16

FRI, MAR 25, 2016


Starting today, you can stream all twelve tracks of Seattle candy-pop agitators Tacocat’s new album Lost Time via Noisey. Fresh from a rapturous reception at SXSW, the band will celebrate Lost Time’s April 1st release with two back-to-back hometown shows on Thursday, March 31st, followed by tours in the US and Europe. See the tour page for a full list of upcoming dates. Lost Time is available on CD, limited LP, and cassette in the shop.

Chastity Belt announce UK tour; on the road with Protomartyr now

FRI, MAR 4, 2016

Chastity belt 1

After an incredibly welcome reception for their inaugural, six-week (!) European tour last Fall, Chastity Belt are once again crossing the Atlantic this Spring for a run of UK dates. The band is currently on tour with labelmates Protomartyr, opening up a series of West Coast performances, including tonight’s sold-out show in San Francisco. See the tour page for a full list of current and upcoming Chastity Belt performances.

Watch Tacocat’s “I Hate the Weekend” video + full details of our SXSW 2016 showcase

WED, MAR 2, 2016

I hate the weekend 1

Today, Stereogum premiered “I Hate the Weekend,” the first music video from Tacocat’s highly-anticipated new record Lost Time. Director Jessica Aceti’s clip features the band performing at a candy-crazed house party in what may well be Hardly Art’s first-ever video with a credited pyrotechnics expert. Watch the video here or by clicking the .gif above to find out why.

We are also announcing our official SXSW showcase today: on Thursday, March 17th, Hardly Art will be hosting an “Official Brand Awareness Showcase” at Cheer Up Charlie’s (900 Red River St.). The line-up includes ProtomartyrShannon and the ClamsLa Luz, the aforementioned Tacocat, IAN, and Dude York. This event is 21+, with doors at 8 PM. You can RSVP on Facebook here.

Limited edition color vinyl pre-orders of Lost Time are available now through our webstore. See the tour page for a full list of Tacocat’s upcoming US and international tour dates, and all of their scheduled SXSW appearances.

La Luz announce Spring and Summer US tour dates

THU, FEB 25, 2016

Despite having recently relocated to Los Angeles, La Luz – whose 2015 metaphysical rave-up Weirdo Shrine was the subject of many well-deserved critical plaudits – are already hitting the road once again. See the tour page for a full list of upcoming tour dates, including appearances at SXSW and the Sasquatch! music festival, and performances in just about every dang market there is, including stops in Canada. 

Haven’t picked up a copy of Weirdo Shrine just yet? Well well. Get yourself on over to our ever-convenient (and open to your commerce-related whims 24/7) shop page.

Gazebos’ Die Alone out today; watch new video for “I Don’t Wanna Be Here”

FRI, FEB 19, 2016


Today marks the release of Die Alone, the debut album from Seattle outsider pop four-piece Gazebos, which is being hailed as “a solidly entertaining listen for those who like their pop music a little off-kilter” (The Seattle Times) that “sprang from some eternal glittery, skinny-tied 1979 of the mind” (The Stranger).

To celebrate, the band has shared a new music video for their song “I Don’t Wanna Be Here” from director and recent Sundance Jury Prize winner Carlos Lopez, which premiered this morning via BUST. Lopez’s video is without a doubt one of the funniest and most vibrant Hardly Art has ever put its stamp on.

The band is also headlining a record release show at Chop Suey this evening in their native Seattle, and will be opening for Shannon and the Clams across the US this Spring. See the tour page for a full list of dates.