LA-based collective IHEARTCOMIX dabble in a little bit of everything youth culture-related, but they’re best known for putting out records and throwing parties. Their label, previously home to dance-party-friendly acts like Matt & Kim and Juiceboxxx, has been defunct since 2009, but they’re getting back to it with a new singles-focused label called IHC 1NFINITY. They’re describing it as “IHC’s attempt to create their own Marvel Cinematic Universe”—founder Franki Chan remains a devoted comics geek—and on top of sharing the clubby countercultural vibe that defines IHC’s identity, the releases will be loosely tied together through visual elements like cover art and videos.
IHC 1NFINITY will kick off with a promising trio of artists. They’ll start by making a new track called “Handful of Gold” by rising Australian-born alt-pop singer Chela, available for streaming on Oct. 21 and for purchase on Nov. 11. It’ll be followed by new releases from rapper Antwon–whose affinity for smashing together surreal imagery and emotional realness has made him the object of cultish adoration–in November and DIY dance music hero Pictureplane in January. All releases will also have remix packages available.
On the more party-oriented side, IHC’s subsidiary Check Yo Ponytail, which shares its name with a long-running LA club night, is launching its own eponymous tour starting Oct. 26 in Denver. The lineup will feature Chan, Chela, and Antwon performing alongside Australian electronic duo The Presets, New York club-rap demigod Le1f, and poster boy for the vaporwave movement Saint Pepsi.
Check Yo Ponytail Tour 2014:
10/26 – Denver, CO @ The Gothic *
10/28 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic *
10/29 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth %
10/30 – Montreal, QC @ Club Tulipe %
10/31 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw *
11/2 – DC @ 930 Club *
11/4 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse *
11/5 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works *
11/6 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s *
11/8 – Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Festival (The Presets Only)
11/9 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls #
11/10 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater #
11/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl #
11/13 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
11/14 – San Diego, CA @ North Park Theater #
11/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent #
* w/ Antwon, Chela, Franki Chan
# w/ LE1F, Chela, Franki Chan
% w/ Saint Pepsi, Chela, Franki Chan