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Cold Soda In-Store Saturday - February 23rd!

Cold Soda In-Store! Saturday 2/23 - 7 PM!

Free & All-Ages!

 Seattle music veterans and members of The Cave Singers have a new band, Cold Soda! They will be performing songs from their self-titled debut album, we'll have copies of their album (CD and LP) available for purchase. RSVP on Facebook!

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Win Cochemea Tickets!

 

The debut album All My Relations from Daptone artist Cochemea hit the shelves Friday, February 22nd.  Cochemea is joining Antibalas on their "20 Year Anniversary Tour" with two shows at Nectar Lounge, February 28th & March 1st. We have a pair of tickets to giveaway for the March 1st show. 

Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line “COCHEMEA" please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 2/27. Good luck! 

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Win The Coathangers Tickets!

 

The Coathangers, the punk/garage rock outfit out of Atlanta, GA. Their new album The Devil You Know is out March 8th! Seattle is getting an early dose of The Coathangers with a show at Neumos, February 28th. Tickets available here

Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line “THE COATHANGERS" please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 2/26. Good luck! 

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Win Beirut Tickets!

Beirut is on tour in support of their newest album Gallipoli, don't miss this special night at The Paramount, February 27th. Tickets are available here.

Beirut has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket will go to support Buffalo String Works, a community-based nonprofit organization that fosters hope and compassion through high-quality music instruction for refugee children arriving from nations including Syria, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Thailand, Sudan, and Somalia.

Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line “BEIRUT" please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 2/25. Good luck! 

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Win Waxahatchee Tickets!

  

Saint Mark's Cathedral is a stunning setting for more intimate performances and the Waxahatchee performance on February 23rd will not disappoint. Tickets are available here

Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line “WAXAHATCHEE" please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 2/21. Good luck! 

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Music Releases 02-15-19

Tedeschi Trucks Band - Signs [LP] Tedeschi Trucks Band - Signs [LP]
New Vinyl: $25.98

“Signs” is the fourth studio release from Tedeschi Trucks Band and offers another outstanding example of their ability to expand musical boundaries in ways that only a rare caliber of musician can achieve. “Signs” showcases the band at their best – combining inventive musicality and provocative lyrics across eleven original tracks, running the gamut from uplifting soulful anthems, to bittersweet ballads and driving rock and roll.

The album was recorded at Derek and Susan’s home studio, Swamp Raga, on two-inch analog tape giving it a warmth and richness that recalls the ambience of the best vintage recordings. Vinyl mastering and lacquers were cut from the analog master tape and pressed on 180 gram black vinyl for highest sound quality.

Robert Ellis - Texas Piano Man [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Sky Blue LP] Robert Ellis - Texas Piano Man [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Sky Blue LP]
New Vinyl: $22.98
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Hello. I'm Robert Ellis, The Texas Piano Man. I wanted to take a moment to say a few words about this record and what you might expect from it. Texas Piano Man is a collection of songs specifically written for my piano driven Rock & Roll band from the great state of Texas. Myself and the guys bring these songs to you in the very spirit of Texas itself; loudly, confidently, over the top, larger than life, at times deadly serious and yet always with a wink and a smile. We invite you to come on in, stay a while, and when you leave take with you the spirit of these songs, the spirit of Texas, and the spirit of The Texas Piano Man himself. Adios!

J.S. Ondara - Tales Of America [LP] J.S. Ondara - Tales Of America [LP]
New Vinyl: $19.98
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J.S. Ondara offers a unique take of the American dream on Tales of America, his debut album. Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, J.S. fell in love with Bob Dylan and moved to Minneapolis Minnesota when he was 20 to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter. He notes other musical influences as Neil Young, Noah Gundersen, Damien Rice and Ray LaMontagne. His debut album, Tales of America, is an examination of the American Dream from an outsider's perspective; an introspection on a universal matter.

Ryan Bingham - American Love Song [2LP] Ryan Bingham - American Love Song [2LP]
New Vinyl: $24.99

American Love Song finds Bingham honing his creativity on two distinct levels, the personal and the cultural. The record is co-produced with Charlie Sexton, the superb Austin guitarist who has played for years in Bob Dylan s touring band. American Love Song was recorded at Arlyn Studios and Public Hi-Fi in Austin with additional recording at Matter Music/Stella Sound in Los Angeles.

Avril Lavigne - Head Above Water [LP] Avril Lavigne - Head Above Water [LP]
New Vinyl: $22.98

Avril Lavigne's first album in over 5 years includes the title track Head Above Water and Tell Me It's Over

Picture This - MDRN LV Picture This - MDRN LV
New CD: $11.99

The biggest selling Irish act in both 2017 and 2018, and the nation’s hottest musical export in decades, Picture This arrived as a phenomenon with their self-titled 2017 full-length debut, Picture This. Certified triple-platinum in Ireland, it held the #1 spot Overall in the country for four weeks, while topping the Streaming Chart for seven weeks. Moreover, it remained in the Top 5 since release. Just over two years since their formation, they’ve impressively sold over 400K tickets.

Insane Clown Posse - Fearless Fred Fury [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition] Insane Clown Posse - Fearless Fred Fury [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition]
New CD: $15.98

indie exclusive double CD that contains a cd for Fearless Fred Fury AND a cd for the Flip The Rat companion

Florida Georgia Line - Can't Say I Ain't Country [LP] Florida Georgia Line - Can't Say I Ain't Country [LP]
New Vinyl: $24.99
Chaka Khan - Hello Happiness Chaka Khan - Hello Happiness
New CD: $9.99
Crystal Lake - Helix Crystal Lake - Helix
New CD: $12.98

Formed in 2002 the Japanese band Crystal Lake began influenced by mid-90s hardcore bands. Since then the band’s style and genre has evolved into a more chaotic, metal sound. The band’s international profile has grown as well with tours in South Korea, Japan, Australia and most of Europe. In 2019 Sharptone Records is excited to release the band’s full length “Helix”, the band’s first release for the label.

In addition to releasing “Helix” Crystal Lake will be joining August Burns Red, Miss May I and Fit for a King on tour through North America beginning Jan 24 through Mar 2

Ladytron - Ladytron [LP] Ladytron - Ladytron [LP]
New Vinyl: $21.99   $19.99

Electronic pop quartet Ladytron return with the release of their first new album in seven years on Ladytron Music via !K7 Label Services.The eponymously titled Ladytron follows the release in 2018 of two enthusiastically received singles, The Island and The Animals. Distilling twenty years of experimentation into one propulsive album, Ladytron again push the boundaries of electronic pop in invigorating directions with thirteen songs that explore the disquiet of our times. Loaded with their trademark analogue synths propelled by relentless rhythm, Ladytron is a hypercharged album that radiates a visceral urgency. Their sixth album is the band's most definitive work to date, full of catchy hooks, rousing riffs, sweeping melodies, and thick textured harmonies. Helen Marnie says, 'For us, it's like getting together with an old friend. You've both changed, but still have that common ground. Familiarity crossed with excitement.' It's diverse and emotional,' Daniel Hunt adds. 'It's a lot heavier than our last album, Gravity the Seducer, which was an intentionally more sedate, ethereal record.' The album also features guest Iggor Cavalera (Sepultura/Mixhell/Soulwax) on drums.

The Paper Kites - On The Train Ride Home [LP] The Paper Kites - On The Train Ride Home [LP]
New Vinyl: $23.98

On their latest album "On the Train Ride Home", The Paper Kites muse on late night longings both romantic and heartbreaking, but all filled with hope. The mostly acoustic collection is anchored by singer Sam Bentley's croons for the escapists, the street wanderers, the lovers, and the lonely. "On The Train Ride Home" is the first part of a two-part release, with the second album "On The Corner Where You Live" to be released this fall.

Millencolin - SOS [LP] Millencolin - SOS [LP]
New Vinyl: $19.99

Swedish punk quartet Millencolin return with their new album, SOS. It’s clear the band members are just as unified as they were when they formed Millencolin, roughly 26 years, eight albums and 2,000 live shows ago. “We’re a band truly formed from respect and understanding for each other and our passion for rock music,” explains vocalist/ bassist Nikola Sarcevic. “If you ask us, this is the best job in the world!”

Hayes Carll - What It Is [LP] Hayes Carll - What It Is [LP]
New Vinyl: $24.99   $21.99

On What It Is, the Houston, TX troubadour Hayes Carll is leaving the past behind. “I want to dig in so this life doesn’t just pass me by. The more engaged I am the more meaning it all has. I want that to be reflected in the work,” Carll says. The new album covers a broad range of topics both timely and constant; the desire to bridge the country’s political divide, the ups and downs of relationships, and the challenge to stay present in your life as it goes by. What It Is continues the artistic risk-taking initiated by 2016’s Lovers and Leavers; his voice is strong and assured, and his songwriting as truthful as ever.

Jon Fratelli - Bright Night Flowers [LP] Jon Fratelli - Bright Night Flowers [LP]
New Vinyl: $26.98

Following the success of The Fratellis Top 5 album 'In Your Own Sweet Time', lead-songwriter Jon Fratelli is set to release the follow up solo album 'Bright Night Flowers'. For his next trick, the musician might have exceeded even his impressive standards. This album is a selection of exquisite songs, largely written on piano that, in all the best ways, have something of the night about them. The album is announced with the release of the laid back and majestic instant grat title track 'Bright Night Flowers'.The Fratellis have a total of 570k follows across their socials all of whom we intend on targeting for Jon's solo release. The Fratellis fans are very dedicated, the previous album has amassed 16,394,698 streams, 13,915,809 from Spotify alone who supported the singles with playlists such as New Music Friday!

SWMRS - Berkeley's On Fire [LP] SWMRS - Berkeley's On Fire [LP]
New Vinyl: $19.98

Determined to create something new within the rock genre, SWMRS collaborated with envelope-pushing producer Rich Costey (MUSE, Death Cab for Cutie) for two months in the Spring of 2018 for an exercise in grand experimentation. Inspired in equal parts by The Breeders, Rage Against The Machine, and De La Soul, the sonic diversity of the album is indicative of a generation reared on streaming services. SWMRS make music the way they consume it, jumping easily from pop rock to breakbeat-infused rock to emo punk, and jangly power pop. "When we were writing these songs we were very conscious of our role in creating a space for people to escape from the nonstop negative media cycle," shared co-frontman Cole Becker on the album's lyrical content. "It's a strange time to be young; our generation knows the duality of feeling like an unstoppable force for change in one moment and a powerless wreck in the next. We wanted these songs to document that feeling that we've observed closely in ourselves and in the people we've shared our music with over the past three years."

Yann Tiersen - All [LP] Yann Tiersen - All [LP]
New Vinyl: $27.98

All is the first album to be recorded at Tiersen’s new studio, venue and community centre, The Eskal Project, built in an abandoned discotheque on the island of Ushant, a small island positioned in the Celtic sea between Brittany and Cornwall, Tiersen’s home for the past 10 years. The album, mixed by Gareth Jones, continues the themes of environment and a connection to nature first explored on EUSA, incorporating recordings from outside of Brittany, such as the redwood forests of California as well as field recordings from Tempelhof airport in Berlin (on ‘Tempelhof’), and guest vocalists.

Piroshka - Brickbat [LP] Piroshka - Brickbat [LP]
New Vinyl: $19.98

Piroshka is the latest project of Miki Berenyi, frontwoman of British shoegazers Lush. It is also a UK alt-rock supergroup with Moose’s KJ McKillop and Modern English’s Mick Conroy and Elastica’s Justin Welch.

Pinegrove - Skylight [Clear LP] Pinegrove - Skylight [Clear LP]
New Vinyl: $23.98

The physical edition of Pinegrove's follow-up to 2016's widely heralded 'Cardinal' is now here. Comes with a bonus lp / disc, titled Skylight 2, of an acoustic version of the whole album, exclusive to the physical edition and not available digitally. The deluxe LP comes on clear vinyl.

Homeshake - Helium [LP] Homeshake - Helium [LP]
New Vinyl: $18.99

Over his first three albums, Homeshake’s Peter Sagar followed his own idiosyncratic vision, a journey that’s taken him from sturdy guitar-based indie-pop to a bleary-eyed take on lo-fi R&B. Now, with Helium, Sagar is putting down roots in aesthetic territory all his own.

It comes through not only in the gauziness of the production, but also in the vulnerability of the songs themselves. Everyone Sagar encounters here — including himself — seems to be a step removed from present reality, whether by technology (“Anything At All”), solitude (“Just Like My”), or sweet fantasy (“Like Mariah”). The record is stitched together by a series of instrumental interludes, synthesizer explorations whose haziness adds to the suspicion that this is all an uncanny dream.

Where his previous three records were recorded directly to one-inch tape in a local studio, Helium was recorded and mixed by Sagar alone in his apartment in Montreal in early 2018. Freed of the rigid editing process he’d endured before, he was able to lose himself in pursuit of tone and texture. A budding interest in ambient and experimental music pushed him to tinker with the micro-sounds that surround the songs here. It’s a far cry from the chorus-laden guitars of his earlier work. “Ever since I started introducing synthesizers into my music, I’ve gotten more interested in texture,” he says. “I’d hit a creative dead end [with guitars], so synths took over.” The warm chords of a Roland Juno 60 form the album’s base, and gave him a clean palette with which to work. “No tape hiss, no humming power outlets and shitty mixing boards,” as he puts it. “Everything just came out nice and pure.” 

Perfect Son - Cast [LP] Perfect Son - Cast [LP]
New Vinyl: $18.99   $16.99

Sometime in 2016, just as the Polish singer and producer Tobiasz Biliński began to find success through the dim and fractured electropop of Coldair, he knew it was time for a radical change. The songs on The Provider, Coldair’s much-lauded second album, had been an exorcism of sorts. Laced with songs about early death, chronic disappointment, and clouded minds, the record was, as he puts it now, his earnest attempt to “get all this old shit out.” That mission accomplished, he needed something new, a restart—the unabashedly radiant and unapologetically complex pop of Perfect Son, delivered in 10 perfect shots on Biliński’s Sub Pop debut, Cast. In the past, Biliński’s music has flirted with and explored the darkness, first in a sort of Transatlantic freak-folk and then with the gothic refractions of Coldair. But on Cast, Perfect Son steps boldly into the light without sloughing off emotional weight or depth. With powerful, sweeping production that recalls the best pop beats of Matthew Dear and arcing melodies that conjure the majesty of Shearwater, Perfect Son animates sensations of lust, belonging, and newfound trust with tumescent electronic arrangements that threaten the safety of any sound system. Biliński sings about falls throughout Cast, but also about picking yourself back up, about pressing on despite or perhaps because of the bruises. In the process, he is lifted by music that feels unabashedly motivational, built to remind us that the best times are hopefully to come. Perfect Son, it should be said, is Sub Pop’s first Polish artist, the result of an extended interest in Biliński’s work and the country itself from label co-founder Jonathan Poneman. Several years ago, Biliński applied to play at South by Southwest as Coldair. Poneman saw his performance, and was impressed. The two stayed in touch, with Poneman eventually signing Coldair to a publishing deal. “I bugged him about releasing my stuff constantly,” Biliński admits with a laugh. “And I guess he admired my persistence.” When Cast was finally finished, Poneman didn’t need more convincing. These songs, after all, are magnetic, with the searching harmonies and deep drums of “Promises” and the rhythmic intricacy and serial synths of “Wax” pulling you close on first listen and holding you there for the foreseeable future. These songs and this story are about the power of human perseverance and deliberate reinvention, of knowing that you can confront and come to terms with the darkest angels of your being. Cast is a testament to the possibilities of the future, brilliantly disguised as 10 grandiose and undeniable pop anthems.

Rina Mushonga - In A Galaxy [LP] Rina Mushonga - In A Galaxy [LP]
New Vinyl: $19.98
Avantasia - Moonglow Avantasia - Moonglow
New CD: $12.98

Hailing from Germany, Tobias Sammet created the rock event AVANTASIA in 1999 and celebrated its live premiere in 2008. With over 3.5 million records sold, he is one of the most successful musicians from Germany and has worked with Alice Cooper, Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker (THE SCORPIONS), Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer (KISS), Eric Martin (MR. BIG) as well as many other stars from the international music business. For a long time Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA has been considered an insider tip. But after countless headline performances at some of the world's largest rock festivals (Sweden Rock Festival, Québec Music Festival, Barcelona Rock Fest etc.), gold awards and several top 10 positions in the world charts, the upcoming AVANTASIA - Moonglow World Tour 2019 can only be considered the biggest rock event of the year!

Jack & Jack - A Good Friend Is Nice Jack & Jack - A Good Friend Is Nice
New CD: $13.95
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Movie Releases 02-15-19

A Star is Born [Movie] - A Star Is Born A Star is Born [Movie] - A Star Is Born
New Blu-Ray: $35.99

Seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) discovers—and falls in love with—struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer… until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons

Can You Ever Forgive Me? [Movie] - Can You Ever Forgive Me? Can You Ever Forgive Me? [Movie] - Can You Ever Forgive Me?
New DVD: $29.99
Robin Hood [2018 Movie] - Robin Hood Robin Hood [2018 Movie] - Robin Hood
New Blu-Ray: $39.99
Little Steven - Soulfire Live! [Blu-ray] Little Steven - Soulfire Live! [Blu-ray]
New Blu-Ray: $34.99

The SOULFIRE LIVE! Blu-ray video edition will include Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul’s complete Cavern Club concert alongside video performances of each song on the 3CD set, exclusive interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage. In addition, the Blu-ray edition will feature a special documentary about the Cavern Club

Celtic Woman - Ancient Land [Blu-ray] Celtic Woman - Ancient Land [Blu-ray]
New Blu-Ray: $24.95

Multi-platinum, international music sensation Celtic Woman return with Ancient Land, a spectacular new concert filmed against the stunning backdrop of Johnstown Castle in Wexford, Ireland. Filmed on magical castle grounds, this lavish production showcases Celtic Woman’s shimmering voices, accompanied by an orchestra, choir and Irish dancers. The 23 songs performed include new music from Celtic Woman’s latest album of the same title, along with a selection of timeless classics and cover songs.

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