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Shy, Low European Tour This October! August 14, 2018

Shy, Low is headed to Europe for the first time ever this October. If you live there, you should be very, very excited. Make your plans to go to a show and take a few friends with you.

10/5 - Paris, FR - Supersonic
10/6 - Aalst, BE - Cirque Mistic
10/7 - Liege, BE - La Zone
10/8 - Cologne, DE - Tsunami Club
10/9 - Leipzig, DE - Topper House
10/10 - Leipzig, DE - Kulturecafe
10/11 - Liberec - CZ - A—
10/12 - Prague, CZ - Bike Jesus
10/13 - Brno, CZ - Bajkazyl Brno
10/14 - Vienna, AT - Coco Bar
10/15 - Munich, DE - Import Export
10/16 - Kempten, DE - Jugendhaus Kempten
10/17 - Karlsruhe, DE - Help
10/18 - Zürich, Switzerland - Help
10/19 - Vevey, CH - Le Bout Du Monde
10/20 - Lyon, FR - Le Farmer
10/21 - Bordeaux, FR - La Voute
10/22 - Orleans, FR - Le 108

Honey and Salt Premiere "Oyster" Music Video at The Alternative! Catch Them On Tour Now! August 8, 2018

Earlier this year, we self-titled album from Austin, Texas' math rock masters, Honey and Salt, and the album has been met with high praise -- not only for its impressive demonstration of musicianship and songwriting, but also for its socially conscious lyrics that explore the challenges of an individual trying to make an impact in the face of our dark political climate. Today, we're excited to premiere the new music video for the song "Oyster" at The Alternative.

If you're in the midwest, don't miss the band on tour all this month!

8/8 - Denton, TX - Backyard on Bell
8/9 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
8/10 - Chicago, IL - D.C. Torium
8/15 - Memphis, TN - Sounds Good Memphis
8/16 - Monroe, LA - Sal’s Saloon
8/17 - Austin, TX - Beerland
8/24 - Austin, TX - Barracuda

Spartan Summer Mega Sale! Save 30% Off Everything Through the End of August! August 4, 2018

The annual Spartan Summer Sale is going on now! Take 30% off just about everything through the end of August when you use the discount code SUMMER18. Plus, we’ll even throw in free stuff with every order, so you can't lose! As always, your support is what keeps us going and we can’t thank you enough for that. Happy shopping!

New Subways on the Sun Album "Capsize" Out September 21st! New Music Video and Pre-orders Available Now! August 1, 2018

Seattle, WA indie rockers Subways on the Sun will release their sophomore album Capsize on September 21st and we're beyond excited to premiere the new music video for the song "Hope You Like Getting Old" today with KEXP. The album is available for pre-order now on limited edition vinyl and at digital outlets everywhere here and all pre-orders include an instant download of the new single. Additionally, the digital single is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, and all other streaming outlets now.

While the band set sail with its shimmering guitar-pop debut The Honeymoon Stagecoach in 2013, Capsize, steers a course into grittier territory. Capsize is a collection of songs which showcases a fresh artistic trajectory, and follows our collective struggle to accept the passage of time and identify the voices in our lives that are worth listening to. And it’s immediately evident as anthemic opener “Just To Be With You” channels the heart racing spirit of Muse, with a riff-heavy synth-forward energy that rips through the whole record.

Each song to be a unique statement, drawing fluidly from each member’s influences. This comes across clearly in the Mew-inspired “Tongues,” combining jangly telecaster riffs and dirty-as-hell basslines. Remnants of early Jimmy Eat World shine through both on the album’s title track, “Capsize,” and “Time’s Not Long,” while “I’m an Island” features lush textures and ethereal vocals akin to The Cure or Death Cab for Cutie.

Welcome Seattle's Subways on the Sun to the Spartan Family! July 24, 2018

We're excited to announce that we've signed the Seattle indie rockers Subways on the Sun and will be releasing the band's sophomore album Capsize on September 21st on LP/Digital. Additionally, today marks the official re-release of the 2013 debut album The Honeymoon Stagecoach which is available as a free download on the Spartan website and Bandcamp and on all streaming services here.

Subways on the Sun
brings an informed and fresh perspective to northwest indie rock. With The Honeymoon Stagecoach, the band "crafted an immaculately-arranged and satisfying debut album that pays homage to both their hometown and the decade in which it became ground zero for rock" (The Fire Note). Haunting rhythms and glistening guitar hooks propel the album forward, bound together by contagious pop melodies. The album sees the band effortlessly merging the dark groove of Silversun Pickups, power pop of The Posies, and tongue-in-cheek quirk of Built to Spill and Blur to create a cohesive debut that impresses and inspires.

Vocalist/guitarist Erick Newbill says:

Being able to announce a release date is so exciting for us because the wait is over both for us and our fans. We encountered a number of setbacks between The Honeymoon Stagecoach and Capsize, and it ended up taking us a lot longer to finish the new album than we’d planned. We cannot wait to get the songs out there.
And as band that is used to doing everything ourselves, joining forces with Spartan Records means that the music will reach so many more people than before. John Frazier is a long time friend and ally and we can’t think of a better label to be working with. As a fan, I’ve kept my eye out for the latest releases from Spartan because the catalog has always been so varied and impressive, and I’m thrilled to have Capsize released on the label.

Look for a new song off the band's upcoming release Capsize on August 1st to coincide with the launch of pre-orders and more!

Hidden Hospitals' Premiere New Music Video for "Acid Rain" July 2, 2018

On the heels of their newly released album Liars, Chicago's Hidden Hospitals has released their official music video for the single “Acid Rain.”

“All of the visuals for Liars are stark, literal representations of the song lyrics,” explains vocalist Dave Raymond. “The video for 'Acid Rain' feels to me like a subtle celebration of the artwork. An album cover coming to life.”

Liars is available now on limited edition vinyl and at digital outlets everywhere here.

Mae's "The Everglow" Returns to Vinyl This Summer! June 22, 2018

The secret is out! Mae's The Everglow is returning to vinyl this summer! This brand new pressing features two LPs, two stunning new variants, and a 28 page foil-stamped storybook. On sale this Tuesday, June 26th at 10 AM PST. Get more details and sign up to be notified when it goes on sale here!

Man Mountain West Coast Tour with Ranges This Fall! June 15, 2018

Man Mountain is headed out on a west coast tour with Bozeman, MT's Ranges this fall! The band will be out in support of their debut full-length, Infinity Mirror, which which is available everywhere now. Don't miss your chance to see the band on the West Coast for the first time ever!

• Tour Dates:

9/28 - Ogden, UT - Funk ’N Dive Bar
9/29 - Las Vegas, NV - Artisan Las Vegas
9/30 - Los Angeles, CA - 5 Star Bar
10/2 - San Francisco, CA - El Rio
10/3 - Redding, CA - The Dip
10/4 - Eugene, OR - Sam Bond’s Garage
10/5 - Spokane, WA - The Observatory

Win a Custom Dearist Fender Guitar! May 24, 2018

Enter to win a custom Fender guitar used during the recording of Dearist's new album Sonder, a copy of the record, and a bunch of merch! There are ten different ways to enter and the more you do, the better chance you’ll have of winning. Read the story of the guitar and enter to win here! Contest ends June 8th!

Secret Stuff Premiere New Song "2828", A Collaboration with Square Peg Round Hole April 25, 2018

Secret Stuff's new song "2828" is a very special collaboration with our friends in Square Peg Round Hole. It's a story about loss and how the power of music can help us rebuild and move forward. Listen now at The Alternative and look for the single tomorrow at digital outlets everywhere.

Secret Stuff's Michael Pfohl says, "I wrote 2828 directly after losing something very important to me, the house venue I spent over 3 years of my life growing. After we got the news, I had to pack everything that I owned into a storage locker and leave the very next day for a tour. With all of those emotions swirling around in my head, this song was the only positive thing I could make out of the situation."

Evan Chapman of Square Peg Round Hole adds, "We were honored when we got asked to collaborate on a new Secret Stuff single. Since we are an instrumental band, and since the song Michael had written was already so strong, it was a fun challenge for us to assume new roles as purely accompaniment. All of our parts were created to compliment existing vocal lines, chord progressions, and rhythms. To match with Michael’s primarily acoustic sounds, we opted for the more organic side of our sound palette, using brushes on the drums and an upright bass bow on the vibraphone. This was a blast to work on and we are thrilled for it to finally get released!"

Upcoming Secret Stuff Tour Dates:

5/18 • Akron, OH • Bless This Mess
5/19 • Columbus, OH • Middle Earth
5/20 • Nashville, TN • The Spice Rack
5/21 • Memphis, TN • The Hi Tone
5/22 • St. Louis, MO • Foam

Kiska Premiere New and Final Song "Nibiru" April 23, 2018

Conspiracy theorists believe that our civilization will meet its ultimate demise today when the mystical planet Niribu makes impact with the Earth. Scientists everywhere have debunked this theory as a hoax, and whether it’s true or not, there is one thing we can confirm with certainty. Today marks the end of Kiska - and they are going out in a blaze of glory with a brand new and final song…aptly titled "Nibiru." Get the song at digital outlets everywhere now...and may god help us all.