Win a One-of-a-Kind, Handmade Effects Pedal from Man Mountain! December 29, 2018

Man Mountain
loves effects pedals and on their latest album Infinity Mirror they all used the legendary ProCo RAT pedal heavily. Now, we're giving you the chance to win a one-of-a-kind pedal that was personally hand-soldered and built with an unmatched level of care by the band. It's a faithful recreation of the famous RAT, but with much higher quality components and true-bypass switching. Enter to win the pedal, a rare Infinity Mirror test pressing, Man Mountain beard oil, and much more here. Contest ends January 11th!

Welcome The Darling Fire to the Spartan Family! Debut Album "Dark Celebration" Out Summer 2019. December 3, 2018

We're beyond excited to welcome The Darling Fire to the Spartan family and will be releasing their J. Robbins-produced debut album Dark Celebration next summer.

While the band name may not ring a bell, the lineup for this Florida 5-piece consists of some respected players within the indie/emo scene, including Jolie Lindholm (The Rocking Horse Winner, Dashboard Confessional) on vocals/guitar, Jeronimo Gomez on guitar (Poison The Well, The Rocking Horse Winner, As Friends Rust), Steven Kleisath on drums (Further Seems Forever, Shai Hulud, Strongarm), Gregg Moore on bass and Matthew Short on guitar.

Jolie says, "We're so excited to join the Spartan family and to start this journey all over again with them! We're looking forward to seeing what the future holds. It's great to be part of a label that's supportive of the artists they release and that understands our music.”

The band will play their first show on December 7th at Voltaire in West Palm Beach, FL and details can be found here.

About The Darling Fire:

When immersed in darkness, the absence of light can be disorienting. Sounds are amplified, minutes are elongated, and thoughts become unharnessed. But after some time, your senses start to adjust. Nondescript features become more defined, muffled sounds become more audible, and tied tongues become more articulate. From the darkness, a sense of clarity can emerge and vision can develop from its own absence.

After years of individual success in some of the scene's most beloved bands, The Darling Fire was born of both deep struggle and deeper friendships. "Jeronimo and I had a particularly difficult end of the year in 2017," says vocalist/guitarist Jolie Lindholm. "We’d been wanting to write music together for awhile, but life kept getting in the way. The tough time we were having made us realize that life is short and there was no better time. We didn't specifically set out to start a band, per se. It just began to materialize as things started changing, once we started to share what we were working on. It almost took on a life of its own and kept pushing us to move forward, to make this into a real thing."

Looking at the The Darling Fire's impressive roster, the band's debut release, Dark Celebration, is in many ways what you'd anticipate — energetic, powerful, melodic, and heavy; however, it is far more nuanced than you would imagine. The collective sum of the parts and the alluring heart-on-sleeve lyrics produce a more intimate, spacey and bewitching experience — an authenticity that speaks to the true cathartic nature of the project. "The album is really a celebration of dark themes and experiences that have occurred in our lives both personally and distantly," says guitar player Matthew Short.

The dark times referenced as the catalyst for the record are not superficial or childish in nature. Dark Celebration is the recorded process of collective coping — real people, real obstacles (sickness, death, loss), and real healing. "The lyrical content comes from these struggles, as well as an observation of the oddities of this life," says Lindholm. "The frustration, anger, and sadness of what we had been through gave us plenty of material to work with. Our drummer Steven coined the term "Dark Celebration" in passing when referring to the direction our music was going and it stuck. While we've each had some struggles in our lives, we wouldn't be where we are at this moment if not for those dark times."

Selecting the right producer to bring the Dark Celebration vision to life was of paramount importance. In all the band’s discussions, there was one name that seemed appropriate for a project of this magnitude — J. Robbins. Aside from the list of impressive production credits (The Dismemberment Plan, The Promise Ring, Against Me!), Robbins was also a formative member some of The Darling Fire’s favorite bands (Jawbox, Burning Airlines, Government Issue). The result of this collaboration was a powerful coalescence of artistry and vision — the record that five artists spent their entire careers waiting to make. "This band feels like a family," says Lindholm, "We’re all facing the challenges of what is to come together, with eyes wide open. Regardless of where we are in our lives, there is always the opportunity to start anew — to find fresh inspiration and kinship."

Without evoking too many cliches, while the darkness can be disorienting, there is a beauty in its temporariness. It requires a great amount of courage to confront the unknown in its purest form, but rarely is regret the outcome of this process. Stay tuned for more information and look for the band's debut album Dark Celebration out Summer 2019.

American Opera Announces Winter Tour November 16, 2018

East coasters, rejoice! America Opera is headed on tour this winter and he's coming your way. Check out the dates, make your plans to catch a show, and RSVP on Facebook.

11/18 - New York, NY - Arlene’s Grocery
11/28 - Jamaica Plain, MA - The Midway Cafe
11/29 - Brattleboro, VT - The Stone Church
11/30 - Salem, MA - Gulu Gulu Cafe
12/1 - Philadelphia, PA - Wrong Turn House
12/2 - Washington, DC - Dangerous Pies
12/3 - Baltimore, MD - Teavolve
12/4 - Richmond, VA - The Camel
12/5 - Awendaw, SC - Awendaw Green
12/6 - Asheville, NC - The French Broad
12/7 - Greenville, SC - Smiley’s Acoustic Cafe
12/10 - Jacksonville, FL - Bold City Circuit
12/11- Miami, FL - Churchill’s Pub
12/12 - St. Augustine, FL - Sarbez
12/13 - Tampa, FL - Red Light Cafe
12/14 - Okaloosa Island, FL - Dome Home
12/15 - Charleston, SC - The Sparrow
12/16 - Charlotte, NC - Evening Muse
12/17 - Charlotte, NC - Evening Muse
12/23 - Saginaw, MI - Hamilton St. Pub
12/30 - New York, NY - The Map Room (Bowery Electric)

New Demons EP "Made In The USA" Coming 10/19. Listen to the New Song "Lever" at Revolver. October 15, 2018

We’re dropping a brand new 2-song EP from Demons entitled Made In The USA this Friday, October 19th/ Listen to the premiere of the scorcher "Lever" (mixed by Nathan Hussey of All Get Out) which Revolver calls "a six-minute trip through hell and back" and catch them on tour this month to FEST later this month!

Tour Dates:

10.25 - Tallahassee, FL - The Wilbury (Pre-Fest 4)
10.26 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits w/ Thunderpussy
10.27 - FEST
10.28 - Carborro, NC - Cat’s Cradle Backstage w/ Lemuria, Bethlehem Steel

New Subways on the Sun Album "Capsize" Available Now! September 21, 2018

Subways on the Sun's new album Capsize is available now on limited edition vinyl and at digital outlets everywhere! Get it here. 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.

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 is 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. The longing for time to connect and create before our story is over flows through us all. Capsize invites us to embrace that reality, and discover our own ways to stay afloat.

Watch the new Subways on the Sun "Know It All" Lyric Video September 14, 2018

The new album from Subways on the Sun Capsize comes out everywhere next Friday. Watch the lyric video for the song "Know It All" and get an instant download of three new songs now when you pre-order the album on limited edition vinyl here!

Frontman Erick Newbill says, "'Know It All' sums up a lot of what we were processing internally as we wrote songs for this album. While not isolated to this point in history, we live in a time where people are so polarized, convinced that what they think or feel is the only possible path. We are surrounded by strong opinions from individuals and groups that are unwilling to waver, most of us even being guilty of this ourselves at times. None of us truly know it all, and could benefit greatly from taking more time to listen to each other and find common ground instead of trying to drown each other out."

American Opera Announces Fall Tour Dates September 4, 2018

American Opera, the creation of Brooklyn via Saginaw, Michigan singer-songwriter John Bee, has announced new fall tour dates. Check out a full list of dates below and for tickets and more info, visit

10/3 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Arsenal Bowl
10/4 - Canton, OH @ The Auricle
10/5 - Saginaw, MI @ Counter Culture
10/6 - Chicago, IL @ Living Room Show
10/7 - Indianapolis, IN @ Living Room Show
10/8 - Muncie, IN @ Be Here Now
10/10 - Madison, WI @ Art In
10/11 - Minneapolis, MN @ Black Coffee and Waffle Bar
10/12 - Des Moines, IA @ Sofar Sounds
10/13 - Lincoln, NE @ 1867 Bar
10/14 - Denver, CO @ Your Mom’s House
10/15 - Boulder, CO @ The Laughing Goat
10/17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Underground
10/18 - Boise, ID @ Edge Brewing Company
10/19 - Seattle, WA @ The Kraken
10/20 - Cottage Grove, OR @ Axe & Fiddle
10/21 - Portland, OR @ Al’s Den
10/22 - Sisters, OR @ The Open Door
10/24 - San Francisco, CA @ Neck of the Woods
10/26 - San Diego, CA @ Rosie O’Grady’s
10/27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe
10/28 - Phoenix, AZ - Sofar Sounds
10/29 - Rio Rancho, MN @ The Blue Grasshopper
11/1 - Rensselaer, IN @ Embers
11/2 - Chicago, IL @ Uncommon Ground
11/3 - Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch

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!