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Special Explosion // Tour Dates with Girlpool and the Hotelier

Following the release of their most recent full-length, To Infinity, Special Explosion will be playing some dates on the West Coast in support of Girlpool and The Hotelier! They will also be participating in San Francisco's Noise Pop Festival, accompanied by a stacked lineup of talent.

  • 2/20 - Los Angeles, CA @ The EchoPlex *^
  • 2/21 - San Fransisco @ Noise Pop (Great American Music Hall)*
  • 2/22 - Arcata, CA @ Outer Space*
  • 2/23 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom*^
  • 2/24 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project*^

* W/ Girlpool
^ W/ The Hotelier

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Special Explosion // 'To Infinity' Premiere

We've kept this a little hush hush, but the cat is finally out of the bag – Special Explosion has a new album out tomorrow! You can stream 'To Infinity' in full via GoldFlakePaint today, who called it a "detailed and impassioned masterpiece." The album was recorded at Modest Mouse's Ice Cream Party Studio in Portland, OR and sounds nothing short of incredible. Give it a listen – it's sure to make it to those end of year lists.

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Special Explosion // tour dates with Whirr, KEXP session

This September, Special Explosion will be joining Whirr for a few northwest dates (below). The band also just recorded a live session at Seattle's KEXP which features a sneak at some new material. That's also below.

  • 9/29/2014    Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
  • 9/30/2014    Vancouver, BC @ The Electric Owl
  • 10/1/2014    Portland, WA @ Slabtown

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Topshelf Records // SXSW 2014

Last year around this time we were jumping in pools, hugging our friends, grillin' up veggie dogs and watching all of our favorite bands play all around Austin. So we're really excited to head back and do it again! We've put together a little teaser to re-cap last year's shows and get you excited for this year's — you can view that directly below. Special thanks to our friends at Light & Noise for filming and putting this together!

Here're the details for our shows at this year's SXSW:

Topshelf Records SXSW Party (unofficial)
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
6pm - 2am
21st Street Co-op
All ages, free. [RSVP]

Free exclusive 7" records from Gotta Groove Records!
Free 9.5x25" screen printed posters!

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Topshelf Records SXSW Showcase (unofficial)
Thursday, March 13, 2014
11am - 6pm
Soho Lounge (217 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701)
18+, free. [RSVP]

Free exclusive 7" records from Gotta Groove Records!
Free exclusive 9.5x25" screen printed posters!

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Thanks to our sponsors:
Light&Noise / GreenVans
New Noise Magazine / Hide&Seek Clothing
SJC Custom Drums / Imprint Indie Printing, Inc. / Waveborn / GHS Strings / Caroline Distribution

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Prawn // US tour dates with You Blew It!, Crying, Special Explosion, Joie de Vivre, Old Gray & Sorority Noise

Having begun recording their new full length album and just releasing a new split with Joie de Vivre, Prawn will be headed out on tour to play some really good shows. Dates and info below!

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w/ You Blew It!

  • 2/4/2014 - Annadale On Hudson NY @ Bard College
  • 2/5/2014 - Purchase, NY @ SUNY Purchase
  • 2/6/2014 - New Britain @ Pulaski Club Downstairs

w/ You Blew It! & Crying

  • 2/7/2014 - Cambridge Elks Lodge @ Cambridge Elks Lodge
  • 2/8/2014 - Brooklyn @ Shea Stadium
  • 2/9/2014 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire 

w/ Special Explosion

  • 3/3/2014 - College Park, MD @ Hostage House 
  • 3/4/2014 - Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5
  • 3/5/2014 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Chapel Hill Underground 
  • 3/6/2014 - Atlanta, GA @ Wonderroot

w/ You Blew It! & Special Explosion

  • 3/7/2014 - Gainesville, FL @ Loosey's w/ Dikembe & Frameworks
  • 3/8/2014 - Tampa, FL @ Mojo Record and Books
  • 3/9/2014 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth w/ Dikembe & Frameworks
  • 3/10/2014 - Birmingham, AL @ The Forge
  • 3/11/2014 - Jackson, MS @ Rampage Extreme Park

Just Prawn:

  • 3/16/2014 - Fort Worth, TX @ 1919 Hemphill
  • 3/17/2014 - Norman, OK @ Industrial Skate Park
  • 3/19/2014 - Indianapolis, IN@ Hoosier Dome
  • 3/20/2014 - Chicago, IL @ Audiotree Live

w/ Joie De Vivre

  • 3/22/2014 - Chicago, IL @ Township * no Joie de Vivre
  • 3/23/2014 - Grand Rapids @ The House of Pancakes
  • 3/24/2014 - Toledo, OH @ The Ottawa Club

Just Prawn:

  • 3/25/2014 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Mr. Roboto Project
  • 3/26/2014 - Buffalo, NY @ The Lair
  • 3/27/2014 - Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt

w/ Old Gray & Sorority Noise

  • 3/28/2014 - Amnityville, NY @ Amnityville Music Hall
  • 3/29/2014 - Albany, NY @ The Icehouse
  • 3/30/2014 - Montclair, NJ @ The Bat Cave

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Caravels // Spring tour dates with Touché Amoré, mewithoutYou, Seahaven, Foxing & Special Explosion

In addition to their already announced tour dates with Touché Amoré & Seahaven followed by dates with Special Explosion and Foxing, Caravels have announced additional dates with Touché Amoré & Seahaven, when they'll be at this year's SXSW (more on that later) as well as additional dates with Special Explosion. Info on the new dates is below:

w/ Touché Amoré & Seahaven

  • 03/07/14 Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem
  • 03/08/14 Pembrooke Pines, FL @ The Talent Farm
  • 03/10/14 Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar
  • 03/11/14 Baton Rouge, LA @ Mud and Water

Just Caravels

  • 03/12/14 Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03/13/14 Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03/14/14 Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03/15/14 Austin, TX @ SXSW

w/ Special Explosion

  • 03/16/14 Fort Worth, TX @ 1919 Hemphill (w/ Prawn & Two Knights)
  • 03/17/14 Albuquerque, NM @ Gasworks

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Special Explosion // Pre-order, song premiere at Stereogum


We're excited to announce that we will be releasing Special Explosion's new EP The Art of Mothering on February 25! Pre orders have launched, and Stereogum has premiered the first single "Clotheslined"!

The band is going to spend February and March on tour in support of the new album with the likes of Caravels, Foxing, The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Prawn and Teen Suicide!

  • 2/16 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Shred Shed (w/ Caravels)
  • 2/17 Laramie, WY @ University of Wyoming (w/ Caravels)
  • 2/18 Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown JR (w/ Caravels)
  • 2/19 Kansas City, MO @ Art Closet Studio (w/ Foxing, Caravels)
  • 2/20 St. Louis, MO @ The Demo (w/ Foxing, Caravels)
  • 2/21 Chicago IL @ Township (w/ Foxing, Joie De Vivre)
  • 2/22 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Turtle Den (w/ Foxing, Run Forever)
  • 2/23 Cleveland, OH @ Now Thats Class (w/ Foxing)
  • 2/24 Syracuse, NY @ Spark Contemporary Gallery (w/ The World Is…)
  • 2/25 Cohoes NY @ The Icehouse
  • 2/27 New York, NY @ Suburbia (w/ Teen Suicide, Sorority Noise, Alex G)
  • 2/28 Middletown, CT @ Eclectic Society (w/ Teen Suicide & Sorority Noise)
  • 3/01 Philadelphia, PA @ Philamoca (w/ Teen Suicide, Sorority Noise, Alex G)
  • 3/02 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar (w/ Teen Suicide, Sorority Noise, Us & Us)
  • 3/03 College Park, MD @ Hostage House (w/ Prawn)
  • 3/04 Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5 (w/ Prawn)
  • 3/05 Chapel Hill, NC @ Chapel Hill Underground (w/ Prawn)
  • 3/06 Atlanta, GA @ Wonderroot (w/ Prawn)
  • 3/20 Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest

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Prawn // Recording new LP / Split with Joie de Vivre / Tour with You Blew It!

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Prawn are set to begin recording a new full-length with Greg Dunn (Moving Mountains) beginning this weekend. The follow up to 2012’s well-received Ships, the new full length album will be recorded at AudioPilot Studios in Boonton, NJ and will be preceded by a split with Rockford, IL’s Joie De Vivre (which we'll be releasing on February 11 with Count Your Lucky Stars Records). Prawn will also be playing some shows with You Blew It! this winter — dates and info for those are below:

  • 02/04/2014 - Annadale On Hudson, NY @ Bard College
  • 02/05/2014 - Purchase, NY @ SUNY Purchase
  • 02/06/2014 - New Britain, CT @ Pulaski Club Downstairs
  • 02/07/2014 - Cambridge, MA @ Cambridge Elks Lodge
  • 02/08/2014 - Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn
  • 02/09/2014 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire

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Special Explosion // US tour dates with Teen Suicide

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Special Explosion // US tour dates with Foxing


  • Feb 19 Kansas City, MO @ Art Closet Studio w/ Caravels
  • Feb 20 St. Louis, MO @ The Demo w/ Caravels
  • Feb 21 Chicago IL @ Township
  • Feb 22 Grand Rapids, MI @ The House of Pancakes
  • Feb 23 Ceveland, OH @ Now Thats Class

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