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!

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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

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TOPS “Driverless Passenger” (video)

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

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TOPS “T-Shirts” now in stock!


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


Listen above to Braids’ new song “Taste”, and read below for a long run of shows – a few on their own, and many with dear friends Purity Ring.

Pre Order “Deep In The Iris” here: http://tinyurl.com/kuq95m6
Vinyl pre-orders come on limited white/green marbled vinyl, and all vinyl orders include 16-page photobook!

April 29th | Paris, FR | Le Pop Up Du Label
April 30th | Brighton, UK | The Hope & Ruin
May 1st | London, UK | Total Refreshment Centre
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


We’re very excited to announce “Deep In The Iris”, the new record from Braids out April 28th. Stream Miniskirt above, and pre order the record below. Vinyl pre-orders come on limited white/green marbled vinyl, and all vinyl orders include 16-page photobook!

Pre Order “Deep In The Iris” here: http://tinyurl.com/kuq95m6

To record their third album, Deep In The Iris, Braids decamped to a series of retreats in the mountains of Arizona, Vermont, and upstate New York. Surrounded by nature in all its warm vitality, the longtime bandmates strove to shed the fabric of their day to day relationships, being bare and vulnerable before one another. What resulted is Deep In The Iris, their strongest record to date – powerful, yet fragile; immaculately sculpted, but deeply human.

Driven by roomy acoustic instrumentation and tasteful electronics, Deep In The Iris is easily Braids’ sunniest and most immediate record. While the icy, airless production of their second album Flourish // Perish suited the songs’ inward gaze, the widescreen warmth and full-bodied punch of Deep In The Iris are the perfect complement to its unflinching lyricism.

Raphaelle Standell has always had a formidable voice but rarely has it sounded as vital, focused, and powerful as it does here. True to the process that birthed it, the record explores a number of heavy subjects, including pornography, abuse, and slutshaming. Standell’s emotional vulnerability becomes a triumphant weapon in its own right: scything through wrongdoing and shame with equal aplomb, and clearing the way for the many others who will find resonance in the bravery of these lyrics. Written from a place of inspiring strength and unblinking lucidity, the lyricism of this record is a cathartic gift.

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TOPS are back with new tour dates in Japan, North America, and Europe (see below). To celebrate the band is also sharing a new and interactive video for “Outside” starring lead singer Jane Penny.

Speaking on the video, director Fantavious Fritz said, “Outside is one of my favourite tracks! It carries such sublime simplicity and unity, like a well-curated collage or painting of sounds. This website came out of a desire to experiment with the internet as a medium and visually portray this idea of collage with video / performance. In ‘Outside’, the internet serves as a canvas for play with colours, shapes and moving kinetic form, allowing for many different viewings of the piece.

Watch: “Outside” (Interactive version)http://fritzmagnets.com/outside.html
Purchase Picture You Staring herehttp://tinyurl.com/pqoh8t9

February 7th | Kanazawa, JP | Artgummi
February 8th | Osaka, JP | Chika Ikkai
February 9th | Hiroshima, JP | 092 Banquet
February 10th | Fukuoka, JP | Utero
February 11th | Kumamoto, JP | Navaro
February 12th | Kobe, JP | Helluva Lounge
February 13th | Kyoto, JP | Metro
February 14th | Tokushima, JP | Crowbar
February 15th | Hamamatsu, JP | Kirchherr
February 16th | Nagoya, JP | KD Japon
February 17th | Tochigi, JP | Hello Dolly
February 18th | Sendai, JP | Space Zero & NeoBrotherz
February 19th | Tokyo, JP | O-Nest
February 20th | Tokyo, JP | Fever (late night party)

February 22nd | Los Angeles, CA | The Echo (All Ages Early Show) – TICKETS
February 23rd | San Fransisco, CA | Brick & Mortar – TICKETS
February 25th | Portland, OR | Mississippi Studios – TICKETS
February 27th | Vancouver, BC | The Biltmore – TICKETS
February 28th | Mexico, DF | Deportivo Lomas Atlas (NRMAL Festival) – TICKETS
March 5th | Minneapolis, MN | Icehouse – TICKETS
March 6th | Chicago, IL | Subterranean – TICKETS
March 7th | Detroit, MI | UFO Factory – TICKETS
March 8th | Toronto, ON | Smiling Buddha – TICKETS
March 9th | Hamilton, ON | Baltimore House – TICKETS
March 11th | Boston, MA | Great Scott – TICKETS
March 12th | Dallas, TX | Three Links (Red Bull Sound Select Dallas: Curated by Gorilla vs Bear) – TICKETS
March 13th | Waltham, MA | Chums
March 14th | Brooklyn, NY | Baby’s All Right (late night) – TICKETS
March 19th | Quebec, QC | Le Cercle – TICKETS
March 20th | Montreal, QC | Le Ritz PDB – 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 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 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

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Blue Hawaii release Agor Edits mixtape

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A note from Blue Hawaii’s Agor:

2014 led Blue Hawaii around the world. Over multiple visits to Russia, China/SE Asia, Mexico, Japan, Europe and the US, it felt like everything was coming up oppositeUntogether, the album we made. Instead of being secluded in a Montreal apartment writing a fragmented break-up record, we were travelling vast distances, rediscovering each other as close friends and tying together radically different cultures. Our music came to reflect that. Live, everything sounded more together and higher energy than the record in an effort to find common ground with all those different audiences. 

It’s the end of the year, so to commemorate the global underground touring we did— to all the people who were interested in coming to and putting on a Blue Hawaii show in Bangkok or Vilnius— we decided to put together a free mixtape of edits —  somewhere between the dreamy record and the banging live show. 

In 2015, Ra will focus on her other band, BRAIDS, who have just completed a beautiful, deeply emotional, new record which I am very excited to see come into the world. I will use what I’ve learnt this year DJing and roaming the earth to produce more music this winter —  planning on releasing material in a similar vein to this mixtape and hitting SXSW this March as DJ Blue Hawaii.. holding down the fort until Ra and I can record another album…   something 4 y’all to look forward to! -
;)  Agor (the boy in Blue Hawaii)

Enjoy! 


You can also download / stream the track individually here.

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TOPS announce their winter 2015 tour

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December 19th | Toronto, ON | Tattoo – TICKETS
December 31st | Los Angeles, CA | Park Plaza – TICKETS
February 23rd | San Fransisco, CA | Brick & Mortar – TICKETS
February 25th | Portland, OR | Mississippi Studios – TICKETS
February 27th | Vancouver, BC | The Biltmore – TICKETS
February 28th | Mexico, DF | Deportivo Lomas Atlas (NRMAL Festival) – TICKETS
March 5th | Minneapolis, MN | Icehouse – TICKETS
March 6th | Chicago, IL | Subterranean – TICKETS
March 7th | Detroit, MI | UFO Factory – TICKETS
March 8th | Toronto, ON | Smiling Buddha – TICKETS
March 9th | Hamilton, ON | Baltimore House – TICKETS
March 12th | Boston, MA | Great Scott – TICKETS
March 14th | Brooklyn, NY | Baby’s All Right (late night) – TICKETS
March 20th | Montreal, QC | Le Ritz PDB – TICKETS