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Prawn Kingfisher

REVIEW: Prawn – ‘Kingfisher’

Artist: Prawn
Title: Kingfisher
Genre: Indie Rock, Emo
Label: Topshelf Records

I remember the first time I heard a Prawn song. One of my friends — the same guy who had introduced me to Seahaven — messaged me on Facebook with a link to “Why You Always Leave A Note” off of their split with Joie De Vivre. I thought the song was okay. I liked that they sounded a lot like Into It. Over It. I stayed online and muffled through more of their music, and their song “Costa Rica” caught my attention. In a nutshell, Prawn’s music possesses …

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REVIEW: No Sleep Records’ ‘A Comp For Mom’

Artists: La Dispute, The Wonder Years, Allison Weiss, et al
Title: A Comp For Mom
Label: No Sleep Records

“I love you, Mom. Say ‘hi’ to Dad for me.” – Chris Hansen

Honoring the wonderful life his mother lived, Chris Hansen of No Sleep Records and a bunch of his best musical friends have teamed up to give us A Comp For Mom. This 15-track compilation consists of slow and steady rock & roll jams, ranging from covers of iconic songs to acoustic versions to unreleased B-sides from some of the included artists’ various records.…

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LISTEN: Prawn – “Thalassa”

There has always been something incredibly entrancing about Prawn’s tones. They are soft, bright, full of reverb and textures, all while consistently creating a crunch of dynamic sound when needed. Following this contrast of wavelike statics in their sound, the band has released their newest track, “Thalassa,” from their upcoming full-length Kingfisher.

Beginning like a Prawn adventure would, “Thalassa” starts with a wonderful horn-assisted intro, seamlessly sewing itself into the alluring verse. But, as previously mentioned, it is not long before Prawn carry you up from the transcendent environment they presented in the beginning of the track, for the …

Dowsing

Dowsing Premiere New Song From Split With Annabel

Few emo bands are more endearing than Chicago’s Dowsing. The group’s bouncy tunes will make you smile and cry at the same time, then they’ll refuse to leave your head for days on end. Their next release is a split with Ohio natives Annabel, and you can stream a new song from Dowsing’s side of the EP over at AV Club.

Vocalist Erik Czaja sounds more strained and passionate than ever before on “World’s Finest Chocolate (How Ya Doin’ Today),” and his melodic yell is complemented by backing vocals from Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. …

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Prawn Announce Summer Tour Dates With Into It. Over It.

Don’t let all of the news about your favorite 90s emo bands make you miss some of the new bands that are helping spur this revival along. The New Jersey group that goes by Prawn have been grabbing the ears of listeners lately, after their four-way split with the likes of Frameworks, Kittyhawk and Droughts, and other past releases.

In the wake of that, today the band announced what appears to be the beginning of a tour with Into It. Over It. that will start in July. So far we only have four dates on the east coast, but the …

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Mineral Announce Tour Dates, Fest 13 Appearance

If you were excited yesterday when Mineral made social networking accounts, today’s announcement will probably leave you speechless. The Austin, Texas band revealed plans for a short east coast and midwest tour in September, with an appearance at Fest 13 in Gainesville, Florida to follow in November. Check out the full list of dates after the break.

Opening the September dates will be Chicago’s Into It. Over It. Frontman Evan Weiss is no stranger to working with classic emo acts. He did a stint of tour dates with Texas Is the Reason last year, and he is currently producing The …

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Soundsupply Teams Up With Topshelf Records On Latest Drop

If you’re a fan of music, there’s a chance you’ve heard about Soundsupply’s regular “drops.” They will release a number of digital albums for super cheap, and a lot of time you get a variety of great offerings. With this brand new drop though, the service has definitely stepped up its game. They teamed up with Topshelf Records to give fans two options. They can either purchase 10 digital albums for $15, or they can get the same albums on vinyl for $99 (plus s&h). You can view the list of artists/albums below the break.

As with the previous drops, …

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Fest 13 Makes First Lineup Announcement

It was already a given that punks around the world would flock to Gainesville, Florida over Halloween weekend for the thirteenth annual Fest. The only question was which acts would top their must-see lists this year. Now that the first wave of bands has been announced, we can safely answer that question with one word: Descendents.

The legendary California group will undoubtedly be one of Fest 13′s main attractions, but the rest of the lineup is packed with enough great bands to fill four weeks’ worth of festivals. Highlights include The Menzingers, The Hotelier, Into It. Over It., The …

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Lollapalooza Announces 2014 Lineup

The midwest’s premiere music festival, Lollapalooza, announced its full lineup today, and it looks just as great as expected.

This year’s headlining slots feature the likes of Outkast, Eminem, Arctic Monkeys and more, but the real meat of the festival is in the undercard. Before the really big names take the stage, you’ll be able to catch performances by Childish Gambino, Phantogram, Manchester Orchestra, Bleachers, Chicago natives Into It. Over It., to name just a small fraction of the great artists who will be playing this year. Check out the full list of acts right here.

Lollapalooza will …

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Brand New Announce Support For Upcoming US Headliner

Thus far, 2014 has been a phenomenal year for Brand New fans. The Long Island four-piece made a triumphant return to the spotlight during the latter half of 2013, and in recent months have been promoting their first headlining tour in almost three years.

And it seems the good news just keeps coming. Earlier this morning, the outfit announced that Kevin Devine, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Man Man and Into It. Over It. will act as support on various dates during their upcoming summer outing. Concertgoers are urged to check venue listings for exact line-ups, and additionally take heed when …

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REVIEW: You Blew It! – ‘Keep Doing What You’re Doing’

Artist: You Blew It!
Album: Keep Doing What You’re Doing
Label: Topshelf Records
Genre: Emo, Indie

As someone who has written his fair share of album reviews, I always jump at the opportunity to take a look at the newest releases from bands on Topshelf Records. Their bands run the gamut of being anywhere from good to great to mind-numbingly fantastic (see The Lack Long After), and as such, you can expect a certain level of quality when listening to a new record. With You Blew It!’s newest record, Keep Doing What You’re Doing, we get to hear another …

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VINYL REVIEW: Their / They’re / There – ‘Analog Weekend’ EP

Artist: Their / They’re / There
Album: Analog Weekend EP
Label: Topshelf Records, Polyvinyl Records
Original Release Date: Dec. 10, 2013

The three members of Chicago’s grammatically adept post-indie math-pop outfit Their / They’re / There are certainly no strangers to the emo and indie rock scenes. Evan Weiss has been gracing endless headlines over the past few years as Into It. Over It. while Matthew Frank spends some of his time with his band Loose Lips Sink Ships. Many would argue that those two combined are yet to even scratch the surface of what Mike Kinsella has accomplished in …