TOPS are hitting North America in the fall with Molly Nilsson! Check out where you can catch em below, and while you’re at it watch the new video for ‘Sleeptalker’ here.
August 8th | Kingston, ON | The Wolfe Island Music Festival – http://tinyurl.com/ohsmlm8
October 15th | San Fransisco, CA | Academy Of Sciences – http://tinyurl.com/qjgna4c
October 26th | Minneapolis, MN | 7th Street Entry – http://tinyurl.com/peh6fop *
October 27th | Chicago, IL | Lincoln Hall – http://tinyurl.com/qf6yx86 *
October 29th | Detroit, MI | Marble Bar – http://tinyurl.com/qgs2jw3 *
October 30th | Toronto, ON | The Horseshoe – http://tinyurl.com/q737op2*
October 31st | Montreal, QC | Theatre Fairmont – http://tinyurl.com/pr9a26f *
November 1st | Brooklyn, NY | Music Hall of Williamsburg – http://tinyurl.com/pq8pzyn *
November 2nd | Washington, DC | U Street Music Hall – http://tinyurl.com/p2juzu2 *
November 5th | Dallas, TX | Dada – http://tinyurl.com/okgbn5r *
November 6th | Austin, TX | Auditorium Shores (Fun Fun Fun Fest) – http://tinyurl.com/3vpxngh *
November 9th | Phoenix, AZ | Valley Bar – http://tinyurl.com/npqgtep *
November 10th | Los Angeles, CA | The Roxy – http://tinyurl.com/ona6dzx *
November 11th | San Diego, CA | The Hideout – http://tinyurl.com/qxeo8sq *
November 12th | San Fransisco, CA | The Independent – http://tinyurl.com/qypgjdq *
November 13th | Portland, OR | Doug Fir – http://tinyurl.com/naexqyk *
November 14th | Seattle, WA | Barboza – http://tinyurl.com/nqzayks *
November 21st | Vancouver, BC | The Biltmore – http://tinyurl.com/qdzw2x3 *
* – with support from Molly Nilsson
Pre Order Other Death, and get it on limited edition blood red vinyl!
This fall sees the release of Sean Nicholas Savage’s latest record, Other Death. Savage, a master of tenderness, reflection and projection, has released and toured relentlessly in pursuit of the rarer beauties found only in the nuance of pop song and performance.
Other Death was recorded in Santa Monica, Los Angeles as a collaboration with Agor, of Savage’s Arbutus labelmates Blue Hawaii, while Errhead of Doldrums plays on much of the record. Ramona Gonzalez Nite Jewel also makes an appearance, as do TOPS’ Jane Penny and David Carriere. This is Savage’s highest fidelity recording to date, with daring, captivating, and as always minimal and soft production style. In contrast to his usual introspection, Other Death is immediately more upbeat, uptempo, confident, inspired and delivers more consistent pop singles than any of his previous records.
Savage is not playing to the middle. Here he gives his listeners, those who crave a harder SNS smack, the energy they crave. This is the release fans will turn to when they want to feel the sophisticated, delicate, and enchanted music of Sean Nicholas Savage at its most brave, free and loud. It’s as if upon being tossed a copy of Other Life, Savage reads the message; “Other Life?” and throws it back at us in blood red, “Other Death”.
We’re very excited to announce a new artist, Michael Stasis!
Michael Stasis is a songwriter and artist living in Los Angeles. Since the age of thirteen, he has written and recorded music in tiny homemade studios. For his first release on Arbutus, RIP III is the third in a “greatest hits” series. Largely self-recorded, his restless output (over two hundred songs) has jumped sonically and stylistically, leaving some listeners to wonder if it’s the same artist at all. Stasis calls it “playlist mentality”, a fractured approach borrowed from current listening patterns and dwindling attention spans. This intuitive tactic, he hopes, will keep people interested, rather than lamenting a bygone era of classic anything. RIP III is out August 7th on Arbutus Records.
Pre-Order here to get the limited edition orange vinyl: tinyurl.com/qjl43h4
Catch Blue Hawaii in the cities below!
June 12th | Barcelona, ES | LoLiTa @ Sala Razzmatazz (DJ Set) – TICKETS
June 13th | Berlin, DE | Acud (DJ Set) – TICKETS
June 20th | Paris, FR | Petit Bain (DJ Set) – TICKETS
June 26th | Madrid, ES | Mula Fest – TICKETS
Buy Braids’ “Deep In The Iris” HERE.
Director: Kevan Funk
Cinematographer: Kelly Jeffrey
Styling: Mia Fiddis, Mila Franovic
Wardrobe by : Pitchougina, Renata Morales, Mia Fiddis
Make-Up: Frida Norrman, Ksenia Ogolikhina , Paula Lanzador
Editor: Kevan Funk
Camera Assistant & Stills: Grady Mitchell
Grip: Philip Prajoux, Chris Tobiesen, Bjorn Hermannes
Colourist: Zach Cox
Online Editor: Andres Landau
Production Company: Everything All At Once
Post Production Services: Victory Social Club
Special Thanks: Robin Léveillé, Norm Li, Patrick Campbell, Bernie Yao, Benjamin Loeb, Ken Tsui, Tyler Funk, Caitlin Byrnes, Pitchougina, Renata Morales, NJ Transit
I’d been a huge fan of Braids long before I was lucky enough to be a collaborator, an element that made this video special from the outset. They came to me with a handful of very precise visual ideas that they had in mind, which in turn became my jumping off point to shape the rest of the video. I remember the first time I heard the song, I was simply kind of awestruck by the gravitational power that it seemed to imbued with and it’s bold, incendiary beauty. It’s a rare sort of source material to get the opportunity to work with. I wanted to create something that could compliment the track as opposed to trying to compete with it’s power. When thinking about the song and it’s content, I became very interested in the idea of commodification and control of femininity in a patriarchal societal construct, and liberation from that restraint. A central consideration that emerged from that was a historical relationship to nature, in terms of the patriarchal and imperial societal impulse to control, conform and dominate. That dynamic and the songs authorial resistance to that entitlement is what ultimately formed the thematic core of the video.
– Kevan Funk, Director
Watch the ambient nature video from TOPS’ Japanese tour above, directed by Kool Music guy Jasper Baydala (eprodux.com), and view the accompanying photographs on The Editorial (the-editorialmagazine.com).
Our friend Jasper came on our recent tour of Japan and filmed as we played 13 different cities over 14 days. We’ve worked with Jazz on videos since we started the band, this is his 3rd TOPS vid. He came on the trip as the “official” documentarian but he’s always had a pretty rogue attitude towards his art so we weren’t surprised when he sent through a nature video that mostly features ancient temples and bamboo forests, not the perfectly run mega-future that I experienced. I find it super relaxing to watch and a nice companion to the melancholic simplicity of the song, please enjoy xo Jane
Catch TOPS on one of their tour dates HERE!
Braids’ new record, “Deep In The Iris” is out today! Powerful, yet fragile; immaculately sculpted, but deeply human. Driven by roomy acoustic instrumentation and tasteful electronics, the widescreen warmth and full-bodied punch makes this Braids’ strongest record to date.
Grab the record now from our webshop, and for a limited time only get it on coloured vinyl. Includes a 11″ photo & lyric book. Buy HERE
And catch them at one of the below tour dates…
April 29th | Paris, FR | Le Pop Up Du Label
April 30th | Brighton, UK | The Hope & Ruin
May 1st | London, UK | ATP Pop Up Venue
May 2nd | Manchester, UK | COLUMNS 2015
May 6th | Amsterdam, NL | Subbacultcha @ Westerliefde
May 13th | Montreal, QC | Bar PDB Le Ritz
May 14th | Toronto, ON | The Horseshoe Tavern
May 18th | Salt Lake City, UT | The Depot *
May 19th | Englewood, CO | Gothic Theatre *
May 20th | Lawrence, KS | The Granada Theatre *
May 21st | Tulsa, OK | Cain’s Ballroom *
May 22nd | Dallas, TX | Bomb Factory *
May 23rd | Austin, TX | Stubb’s BBQ *
May 24th | Houston, TX | House Of Blues *
May 26th | New Orleans, LA | Republic *
May 27th | Atlanta, GA | Buckhead Theatre *
May 28th | Charlotte, NC | Amos Southend *
May 29th | Washington, DC | 9:30 Club *
May 30th | Philadelphia, PA | Union Transfer *
June 2nd | New York, NY | Terminal 5 *
June 3rd | New York, NY | Terminal 5 *
June 4th | Burlington, VT | Higher Ground *
June 5th | Montreal, QC | Metropolis *
June 7th | Detroit, M | Royal Oak Music Hall *
June 8th | Chicago, IL | Riviera Theatre *
June 9th | Minneapolis, MN | First Avenue *
June 10th | Winnipeg, MB | Garrick Centre *
June 12th | Calgary, AB | MacEwan Hall Ballroom *
June 15th | Vancouver, BC | Vogue Theatre *
June 16th | Seattle, WA | Shobox SoDo *
June 17th | Portland, OR | Crystal Ballroom *
June 19th | Oakland, CA | Fox Theatre *
* w/ Purity Ring
Tickets – http://braidsmusic.com/tourdates
The video for Lydia Ainsworth’s “White Shadows” was created by fellow Canadian, Berlin-based artist Tara Dougans. The film is comprised from a series of hand-painted motion sequence, animated frame by frame and stitched together digitally.
‘The video serves as a 4 minute visual response to Lydia’s composition. Rather than work with narrative, the focus was to create an interplay with the song – something akin to the invisible dance that takes place within the subconscious mind as an underlying energy takes shape and begins to grow. A dance because the evolution of an idea (a shadow) is often non-linear, traveling miles intuitively up from the depths in trust before suddenly arriving into light.’ -Tara Dougans
Purchase Lydia Ainsworth’s “Right From Real” here: http://tinyurl.com/nanqrkd
And catch her on any of these upcoming tour dates…
June 18th | Toronto, ON | NXNE Festival @ Phoenix Theatre – TICKETS
June 25th-26th | Calgary, AB | Sled Island Festival – TICKETS
July 3rd | Copenhagen, DK | Roskilde Festival – TICKETS
July 4th | Egersund, NO | Egersund Folk Festival – TICKETS
Watch TOPS’ new video for “Driverless Passenger” above, direct by Jason Harvey.
Pick up TOPS’ LP “Picture You Staring” here: http://tinyurl.com/pqoh8t9
And catch them at one of the below tour dates!
April 8th | Pittsburgh, PA | Cattivo – TICKETS
April 11th | Bloomington, IN | WIUX Culture Shock (IU – Dunn Meadow)
April 12th | Lexington, KY | Al’s Bar
April 14th | Charlotte, NC | Sung Harbour – TICKETS
April 16th | Baltimore, MD | The Crown – TICKETS
May 1st | Winooski, VT | Waking Windows Music & Arts Festival – TICKETS
May 6th | Dublin, IE | Whelan’s – TICKETS
May 7th | Sheffield, UK | Bungalows and Bears (free show) – TICKETS
May 8th | Leeds, UK | Nation of Shopkeepers (free show) – TICKETS
May 9th | Liverpool, UK | Shipping Forecast – TICKETS
May 11th | Birmingham, UK | The Hare & Hounds – TICKETS
May 12th | Bristol, Avon, UK | Start The Bus – TICKETS
May 13th | Manchester, UK | Gullivers – TICKETS
May 14th | London, UK | Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club – TICKETS
May 15th | Brighton, UK | The Great Escape – TICKETS
May 16th | Brussels, BE | Les Nuits Botanique – TICKETS
May 19th | Luxembourg, LU | De Gudde Wëllen – TICKETS
May 20th | Rotterdam, NL | WORM – TICKETS
May 21st | Hamburg, DE | Aalhaus – TICKETS
May 23rd | Mannheim, DE | Maifield Derby Festival – TICKETS
May 24th | Dortmund, DE | Way Back When Festival – TICKETS
May 25th | Munich, DE | Pfngst Theatron Festival – TICKETS
May 26th | Prague, CZ | 007 Club Strahov – TICKETS
May 27th | Leipzig, DE | Goldhorn
May 28th | Berlin, DE | Privat Club – TICKETS
May 30th | Copenhagen, DK | Vega (Ideal Bar) – TICKETS
June 1st | Stockholm, SE | Lilla Hotellbaren (Free Show) – TICKETS
June 3rd | Amsterdam, NL | OT301 – TICKETS
June 5th | Lyon, FR | Marche Gare – TICKETS
June 6th | Bordeaux, FR | Heretic Club – TICKETS
June 9th | Paris, FR | Point Ephemere – TICKETS
June 10th | Lille, FR | La Peniche – TICKETS
June 13th | Toronto, ON | Bestival – TICKETS
TOPS new shirts, designed by Thea Govorchin, are now available worldwide via our webshop. Get them while they last!
Order here: http://tinyurl.com/qzsc8k6