Hardly Art

Watch Chastity Belt’s video for “Used to Spend;” new album I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone out today

FRI, JUN 2, 2017

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Seattle band Chastity Belt’s highly-anticipated new album I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone is out today on LP, CD, digital, and cassette (including three previously-unheard bonus tracks). To celebrate, the band has shared a new music video for quasi-title track “Used to Spend”–an intimate, gorgeously-shot journey from their respective homes to a day at the races and back. 

See below for a full list of upcoming US and overseas tour dates. I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone is available on limited opaque salmon-pink vinyl, while supplies last


06.03.17 - Spokane, WA - Steam Plant
06.05.17 - Seattle, WA - Sonic Boom (Free all-ages in-store)
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 %
07.28.17 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
07.29.17 - Olympia, WA - Obsidian
07.30.17 - Arcata, CA - Outer Space
07.31.17 - Santa Rosa, CA - Arlene Francis Center
08.01.17 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
08.02.17 - Fresno, CA - Strummer’s
08.03.17 - Los Angeles, CA - Teregram Ballroom
08.04.17 - San Diego, CA - Space Bar
08.07.17 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
08.08.17 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones
08.09.17 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place
08.11.17 - Portland, OR - Star Theater
08.12.17 - Covington, KY - River City Jam
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
09.10.17 - Isle of White, UK - Bestival
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 &

# - w/ SNEAKS
% - w/ Darren Hanlon
& - w/ Magic Potion

Hardly Art rarities compilation, Hardly Released, out now

FRI, JUN 2, 2017

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Today marks the release of Hardly Released: Bedroom Recordings, Demos, Rarities, Unreleased, and Widely Ignored Material, a brand new compilation of rare or unheard material mined from the vaults of Hardly Art’s first 10 years of existence in celebration of a decade of failing upward in the music industry. Available digitally and on limited edition cassette, a portion of the proceeds from Hardly Released will benefit the ACLU. The 17 tracks that make up the compilation include rare cuts from Hardly Art heavy hitters such as Chastity Belt, La Luz, Shannon and the Clams, Hunx & His Punx and many, many more.

Stream Chastity Belt’s new album I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone

THU, MAY 25, 2017

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Credit: Conner Lyons

Starting today, you can head over to NPR Music for a First Listen of Chastity Belt’s highly-anticipated new album, I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone

I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone is out Friday, June 2nd on LP, CD, digital, and cassette and includes three bonus tracks. The band also announced a mid-summer West Coast tour in addition to their upcoming US and overseas tours. See below for a full list of dates. 

I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone is available now for preorder in our 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 %
07.28.17 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
07.29.17 - Olympia, WA - Obsidian
07.30.17 - Arcata, CA - Outer Space
07.31.17 - Santa Rosa, CA - Arlene Francis Center
08.01.17 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
08.02.17 - Fresno, CA - Strummer’s
08.03.17 - Los Angeles, CA - Teregram Ballroom
08.04.17 - San Diego, CA - Space Bar
08.07.17 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
08.08.17 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones
08.09.17 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place
08.11.17 - Portland, OR - Star Theater
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
09.10.17 - Isle of White, UK - Bestival
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 &

* - w/ So Pitted, Jenn Champion
# - w/ SNEAKS
% - w/ Darren Hanlon
& - w/ Magic Potion

IAN SWEET to tour Europe with Girlpool this fall

WED, MAY 24, 2017

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Credit: Sarah Cass

IAN SWEET headline a run of West Coast, Southwest and Midwest tour dates starting tonight in Santa Cruz, to be followed by a series of shows across the US opening for their friends in Girlpool. In September, IAN SWEET are set to tour Europe for the first time, again with Girlpool. See below for a full list of upcoming performances. The band’s debut record, Shapeshifter, is out now on all formats. Stay tuned for more news on forthcoming IAN SWEET tour plans, and check out a new live performance of Shapeshifter’s title track below. 

05.24.17 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place
05.25.17 - Reno, NV - The Holland Project
05.27.17 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
05.28.17 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
05.30.17 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
05.31.17 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry *
06.02.17 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle *
06.03.17 - Chicago, IL - Do Division Street Festival
06.04.17 - Detroit, MI - El Club
06.05.17 - Toronto, CA - Horseshoe Tavern *
06.06.17 - Montreal, CA - Bar le “Ritz” P.D.B. *
06.07.17 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
06.09.17 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw *
06.10.17 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
09.06.17 - Bristol, UK - Thekla *
09.07.17 - London, UK - Village Underground *
09.08.17 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla *
09.09.17 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo *
09.11.17 - Brussels, BE - Botanique *
09.12.17 - Amsterdam, NE - Paradiso *
09.14.17 - Koln, DE - Artheater *
09.15.17 - Hamburg, DE - Golem *
09.16.17 - Berlin, DE - Berghain Kantine *
09.18.17 - Frankfurt, DE - Zoom *
09.19.17 - Zurich, CH - Rote Fabrik *

* - w/ Girlpool


Chastity Belt share new track “5am”

TUE, MAY 9, 2017

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Credit: Conner Lyons

This morning, Chastity Belt unveiled a third song from their upcoming full-length I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone. “5am” is the record’s epic closing number and reveals a harder-edged side of the band that hasn’t been heard before. I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone is out June 2nd on LP, CD, cassette, digital and streaming formats and includes three bonus tracks. See below for a list of US and UK tour dates.



05.20.17 - Seattle, WA - Bothell Block Party and Brewfest
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 %
08.01.17 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
08.03.17 - Los Angeles, CA - Teregram Ballroom
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
09.10.17 - Isle of White, UK - Bestival
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 &

* - w/ So Pitted, Jenn Champion
# - w/ SNEAKS
% - w/ Darren Hanlon
& - w/ Magic Potion

Watch Dude York cover “Brandy” for The AV Club

TUE, MAY 2, 2017

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As part of The AV Club’s latest Undercover series–this time featuring contemporary bands covering ’70s gems from the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Seattle’s Dude York offer their take on “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass. Watch Dude York’s performance here. Dude York will be participating in the first of our two 10th anniversary concerts at Chop Suey in Seattle on May 18th, and touring the Western United States with seminal emo band The Anniversary in June. See below for a full list of dates.

Dude York’s Sincerely is out now on all formats

05.09.17 – Seattle, WA - The Vera Project %
05.11.17 - Seattle, WA - Upstream Festival at Piranha Shop
05.13.17 - Seattle, WA - Upstream Festival at Comedy Underground
05.13.17 - Portland, OR - St. John’s Bizarre &
05.18.17 - Seattle, WA - Hardly Art’s First Annual 10th Anniversary Extravaganza at Chop Suey *
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 #
06.15.17 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile #
06.16.17 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar #
09.01.17 - 09.03.17 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot

% – w/ Charly Bliss
* - w/ La Luz, Colleen Green, Tacocat (emcee)
& - w/ The Thermals
– w/ The Anniversary

Announcing Hardly Released, a 10th Anniversary compilation, out June 2

MON, MAY 1, 2017

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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!). 

Baby of the Band” by Hunx & His Punx is your first taste of the lost treasures this compilation has in store. 

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



Chastity Belt announce US and UK tours, share “Caught in a Lie”

TUE, APR 4, 2017

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Credit: Conner Lyons

Today, Seattle band Chastity Belt shared “Caught in a Lie,” the second single from their highly-anticipated new album I 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

* - w/ So Pitted

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