2017 marks Hardly Art’s 10th year of failing upward in the music industry, and as part of our celebrations, a brand new compilation of previously rare or unheard material will be released on Friday, June 2nd on digital and limited cassette formats. A portion of the proceeds from Hardly Released: Bedroom Recordings, Demos, Rarities, Unreleased, and Widely Ignored Material will be benefiting the ACLU, and artists from throughout all ten years of the label can be heard on it (17 in total!).
Additionally, Hardly Art will host two consecutive 10th anniversary concerts in our native Seattle on May 18th and 19th at Chop Suey. The first night is all-ages and features performances by La Luz, Colleen Green, and Dude York with emcees Tacocat. The second, 21+ night will have sets by Shannon and the Clams, IAN SWEET, Jenn Champion, and Dick Stusso, with Hunx emceeing the proceedings.
Stay tuned throughout the year for more updates on how we’re congratulating ourselves, and check the shop for more details and preorder information on Hardly Released.
Today, Seattle band Chastity Belt shared “Caught in a Lie,” the second single from their highly-anticipated new albumI Used to Spend So Much Time Alone, out June 2nd on all formats and streaming services. The track, which maintains the reflective, cathartic, and poignant tone of previous single ”Different Now,” can be streamed below. Additionally, the band has announced both a North American summer tour as well as fall dates in the UK – find details for all upcoming shows below. As ever, the most up-to-date tour details can be found on the tour page. Preorders for I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone are available now for all formats in the shop.
06.01.17 - Seattle, WA - Record Release show at The Crocodile * 06.14.17 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club 06.15.17 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean 06.16.17 - Detroit, MI - Jumbo’s 06.17.17 - Toronto, ON - Longboat Hall at the Great Hall 06.18.17 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz 06.19.17 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall 06.20.17 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg 06.22.17 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA 06.23.17 - Washington, DC - Songbyrd 06.24.17 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook 06.25.17 - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight 06.27.17 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Purgatory) 06.28.17 - Nashville, TN - DRKMTTR 06.29.17 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway 06.30.17 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe’s 07.01.17 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry 09.04.17 - Margate, UK - The Dugout 09.05.17 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club 09.06.17 - Manchester, UK - Star and Garter 09.07.17 - Newcastle, UK - Cluny 09.08.17 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast 09.11.17 - Bristol, UK - Exchange 09.12.17 - Nottingham, UK - Bodega 09.13.17 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store 09.14.17 - London, UK - Garage 09.15.17 - Brussels, BE - Witloof Bar 09.16.17 - Cologne, DE - King Georg 09.17.17 - Berlin, DE - Kantine Am Berghain 09.19.17 - Vienna, AT - Arena 09.20.17 - Lausanne, CH - La Romandie Club 09.21.17 - Paris, FR - Espace B 09.22.17 - Rotterdam, NL - V11 09.23.17 - Utrecht, NL - ACU
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!
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.
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 #
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 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 %
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!
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
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.
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