Hardly Art

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.

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

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