Hardly Art

Jenn Champion’s No One EP out now!

FRI, AUG 5, 2016

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Credit: Angel Ceballos

Jenn Champion’s No One EP sees release today on digital and streaming formats. Late last month, we shared the EP’s title track, which was lauded as “a refreshing take on what Champion is known for” (Pitchfork) and “sleek and eerie, like Champion is slowly exhaling her words onto frigid titanium and watching as it fogs over” (Stereogum). Champion is abetted by a diverse collection of remix artists on this EP, including Glitterbang, Crater, USF, SassyBlack, Breakmaster Cylinder and her own Malidont side project. 

Jenn Champion celebrates with a record release show tomorrow night in her native Seattle with Posse, DoNormaal, and Nightspace.



Protomartyr share new Adult Swim single, tour dates

WED, AUG 3, 2016

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Today, Protomartyr released a new digital single via Adult Swim – the labyrinthine ”Born to Be Wine” is the first new material from the band since the release of their lauded 2015 full-length, The Agent Intellect. Check out the album artwork and a stream of the new track below, which premiered earlier today on Stereogum.

Additionally, the band has shared a handful of new tour dates, in addition to their upcoming festival run and UK trek with Eagulls. All current details can be found on the ever-handy tour page.

The Julie Ruin debut new video for “Mr. So and So”

WED, AUG 10, 2016

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Today, PAPER Magazine shared The Julie Ruin’s new music video for “Mr. So and So,” directed by lead singer Kathleen Hanna. The video – which you can watch here or below – expands on the themes of tokenization discussed in the song, a standout from the band’s new release Hit Reset. The Julie Ruin drummer Carmine Covelli plays the eponymous “Mr. So and So,” a self-proclaimed “male feminist” whose actions speak louder than his words.

Hit Reset is currently number one on the CMJ charts, and the band hits the road again tonight for a string of shows up and down the East Coast. See the tour page for a full rundown of dates. 


IAN SWEET affirm that “All Skaters Go To Heaven”

MON, AUG 15, 2016

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Credit: Eleanor Petry

As heard this morning on Consequence of Sound, Brooklyn trio IAN SWEET have shared “All Skaters Go To Heaven,” another single from their forthcoming debut full-length Shapeshifter, which is already being praised as “a catchy, honest debut” (The Village Voice) full of “noisy, clamoring soundscapes that are intricately designed and occasionally imposing” (Stereogum). Listen to the track below.

Shapeshifter is out Friday, September 9th on CD, digital and cassette formats, while the LP is getting an early Vinyl Tuesday release on September 6th. The band’s self-titled debut EP is out now. Find both in the shop.


The Moondoggies share unheard b-side “Oh Now Honey”; debut LP coming to vinyl for the first time

TUE, AUG 23, 2016

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Credit: Joel Kvernmo

Ten years ago in the woodsy city of Everett, Washington, five friends banded together to form The Moondoggies, a beloved Northwest Americana band whose 2008 debut full-length Don’t Be A Stranger was one of the first releases in Hardly Art’s history. On October 7th, the record will finally be made available on vinyl for the first time. The double LP will also include five b-sides from The Moondoggies’ early days, including the raw, rollicking “Oh Now Honey,” which you can stream below.

Pre-orders for the vinyl edition of Don’t Be A Stranger are available now. Find details on the band’s upcoming 10-year anniversary shows on the tour page.


NPR premieres IAN SWEET’s new video for “#23”

WED, AUG 24, 2016

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Credit: Eleanor Petry

IAN SWEET’s “#23” – from the forthcoming full length Shapeshifter, out 9/6 on vinyl and 9/9 on other formats – now has an accompanying music video, which premiered today via NPR Music. Filmed on location in Coney Island and the band’s native Brooklyn, the video follows vocalist Jilian Medford as she journeys from concrete corridors to sun-drenched beaches and amusement parks at magic hour. Watch the video below.

Pre-orders for Shapeshifter on all formats are available here