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I have survived!!!!

Hello everyone,
I have successfully survived another 4 months on the road. This time with some definite obstacles. Before I get into the whole story, I just want to let everyone know that I spent my entire day (yes, entire day) redoing this whole website. There are two things about it that still bug me (1. the bright yellow color…I like it but if I could tone it down a notch it’d be cool and 2. the font – I like the headers but I don’t like anything else). Other than that this is the closest I can get it to being “cool” and “updated.” Cause like C.C. (drummer for The Great Outdoors) says, “worse than not having a website is having an outdated website.” So it was either delete this thing or work on it…and I chose the latter cause it actually is a helpful tool to have and something I should keep up on. So I added some diddys here and there and now it looks good (I think at least). Anyway, I’ve been in Jersey City since Sunday (it is now Saturday) and I am tired! So much walking and carrying things and meeting people and hearing noises. It has been a lot to take in but I like it. I’ve played two shows this week and I’m playing another tonight at Krogh’s in Sparta. I’m sure by the time you read this it will be too late to go but hey, who knows haha. But besides that in between shows I’ve been spending my time playing music on the streets and subways and I can’t tell you how much fun I’ve been having (my blisters can)…while I was playing some guy walked up to me to just chat for a minute who had a guitar in his hand. This guy, Claudio, ended up being my buddy for the next couple days…we played so much music together it was so much fun…and he is the funniest person ever ~ here is a picture.

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And here is a short clip of us playing a song.

ANYYYWAYYYYY!! Yep, that happened. And I also met one of the other funniest people in my life…my newest friend Polina who is hilarious and extrememly talented. I went to watch her play last night and she invited me up to play some hand drums with her…where she put me on the spot with some cut out solo spots while she’s yellin, “I GOT YOU I GOT YOU” and going “WOOOOO!!!” the whole time hahah. Later in the night we got lost looking for a place to dance cause I’ve never been dancing before. I ended up just going home after walking around for like 40 minutes haha. Here’s a video of her and her band though…Β you can’t see anything but you can hear it!!

SO, back to the details. On this past tour we (me and Matt Pless my tour dude, road dog as they say haha) got in a car accident in Omaha. This kinda messed us up as we had to get a rental car, buy a new car, and do a lot of extra driving to get paperwork done and all these things (5 times across the desert hahaha). And it was crazy!!!! But so much fun!!! That was the craziest part of it all though and it went from tour to survival for a minute…but we are good and everything is good and Matt has an awesome car now that might be better than his last! So that is what is going on over here. Next week is tour with my lovely backing band The Great Outdoors. Here are the shows ~

SAT AUG 9 – RAHWAY, NJ
SUN AUG 10 – PHILLY
MON AUG 11 – RICHMOND, VA
TUE AUG 12 – CHARLOTTE, NC
WED AUG 13 – AWENDAW, SC
THU AUG 14 – SAVANNAH, GA
FRI AUG 15 – JOHNSON CITY, TN
SAT AUG 16 – NASHVILLE, TN
SUN AUG 17 – LOUISVILLE, KY
MON AUG 18 – HAMILTON, OH
TUE AUG 19 – PITTSBURGH, PA
WED AUG 20 – EASTON, PA – TBA

Check the shows page for more info like the venues and times and such…also have a facebook event pageΒ happening ~ hope that link works for ya!

And just for fun’s sake…here are a few pictures from tour that I enjoy πŸ™‚

Alright folks…that is all. Check out the website if you have a minute. I worked pretty hard on it haha. Let me know what you think…and it might not be that good looking on your phone…but I hope it gets ya all the info you need. Keep your head high and light insideeee. ❀ melissa

 

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Tour

1 Month Update ~ Pictureessssss

Heyyyyy everybody!!!
I’ve officially been out on tour for one month now. I just wanted to share some pictures and let ya all know how I’m doing (by the way you have no idea how hard it is to not say ya’ll while in the south…it just makes perfect sense and is probably gunna be added into my vocab pretty soon). Here’s some stuff to look at!!!!!!!

Abandoned insane asylum ~ Buffalo, NY
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Hiking ~ Akron, OH. This place used to house an Indian tribe and a 12 year old English girl they kidnapped.

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Hanging out with my super fun nephews in Ohio.

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Fire in Chesterton, IN.Β Burning a Christmas tree 8).
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My really good friend Jenny and 4 month old Mia…loves of my life.
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Tour truth…home sweet home~ Rockford, IL.
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Derby Day Party – Louiseville, KY…Tall Squares killing it!
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Really awesome backyard in Nashville, TN.
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Playing on the rooftop of the Hard Rock Cafe ~ Nashville, TN

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Annnddd….how I feel pretty much every time I get to play guitar πŸ˜€
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That’s allllll folks…I’ll try to post some actual stories soon but for now these pictures will do! Playing and hanging in Oklahoma City for the next couple days…yAyyYyYy! See ya aroundddddd

 

Tour

MAY TOUR DATES ~ w/Matt Pless

May 1 – Bloomington, INΒ 
Rhinos Youth Center
331 S. Walnut Street
Bloomington, IN
w/Tiny Teeth

May 2 – Indianapolis, INΒ 
Ferret Petting Zoo
571 N Belmont Ave Indianapolis IN 46222
w/Space Age Pessimist
8PM | $3-5 Donation
https://www.facebook.com/events/720166061367798/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

May 3 – Louisville, KY
Derby Day Party
1429 Morton Avenue
6:00 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/646975222050754/?notif_t=plan_edited

May 4 – Nashville, TN
House show at 49th ave
Details TBA

May 5 – Nashville, TN – TBA

May 6 – Huntsville, ALΒ 
255 Pratt Ave shows
8:00 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/519290314846217/?notif_t=plan_edited

May 7 – Memphis, TNΒ 
The Courthouse Co-op
1577 court ave. 38104
8:00 PM

May 8 – Little Rock, AK
Afterthought Bistro & Bar
2721 Kavanaugh Blvd.Β 
Little Rock, AK
w/Fitra, Mike Earl

May 9 – Oklahoma City, OKΒ 
Sauced 9PM

May 10 – Oklahoma City, OKΒ 
Bonfire PartayyYY!
https://www.facebook.com/events/513192585451339/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

May 11 – Oklahoma City, OKΒ 
Mashed Potato Puppy Dome
2813 nw 26th streetΒ 
8:00 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/742140892485385/742152319150909/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity

May 12 – Oklahoma City, OKΒ 

May 13 – Oklahoma City, OKΒ 
Mike Nice Tuesdays

May 14 – Springfield, MO
The Obec
1936 east blaine
8:00 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/139563219547515/?context=create&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=49

May 15 – Kansas City, MI – Art Closet Studios
Details TBA

May 16 – Kansas City, MI – The Tank Room
Details TBA

May 17 – Columbia, MI
House show at Groovy Grrls
116 S College.
8:30 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/442283895874690
/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

May 18 – Des Moines, IA
The Beaqueith
1153 23rd street

May 19 – Omaha, NEΒ 
May 20 – Omaha, NEΒ 

May 21 – Council Bluffs, Iowa
Dungeon HouseΒ 
33 N 6th St Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503
6:00 pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/502146226557908/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

May 22 – Sioux City, IO** – HELP!
May 23 – Sioux Falls, SD – TBA
May 24 – Drive

May 25 – Rapid City, SDΒ 
The Nameless Cave
7770 nameless cave rd

May 26 – Rapid City, SD
May 27 – WyomingΒ 

May 28th-. Laramie, WYΒ 
The Gusty Gully
902 E. Kearney St. 82070
8:00 PM

May 29 – Fort Collins, CO
Cranknstein
details TBA

May 30 – Boulder, CO
The Paradime
4949 N. Broadway
9:00 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/463462747120769/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

May 31 – OFFΒ 

Music, News, Tour

TAPE SPLIT OUT NOW AND TOUR STARTS THIS WEEK!!!!!!!!

WhattTTTtTtTT…it’s happening. So excited to see all your lovely faces again and sing songs for people everyday. Life completeness :)….

The tape I’ve been talking about is all dubbed up and finished!!! Big love to Beta Snake Records and Darkwing for having me be a part of this…couldn’t be happier with this split. Totally fun music…I can’t wait to hear it on cassette myself!

Check it out here:

You can order a copy at the Beta Snakes bandcamp ~ http://www.betasnakerecords.bandcamp.com…order soon though if you want one cause supplies are limited haha.

Annnnddddd tour starts on Wednesday ~ we are having a tour kickoff show at the Vernon VFW…here is the poster!
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Also, I’ve put together a special tour CD called “Free To a Good Home.” It will be available for free (obviously…ha…ha ha) or for donation. I got some special tunes on there for ya guys (and have currently been up all night burning them to disc)!!! legit!!!! Eventually it will be up online but for now its just gunna be a special something for people who see me on tour :).

OH!! And the Not Rock Records compilation came out…here is my song off of it!! There are seriously 2 volumes of music…so many bands ~ please check it out and support Not Rock..they have been doing some serious DIY’ing for years…and all their stuff is awesome.

And finally here is what the shows for tour in April are looking like:

April 10 – White Haven, PA
House show
7:00 PM
25 Caplos road in white haven

April 11 – Lowell, MA
119 Gallery
119 Chelmsford St
Doors at 8 | Donations
https://www.facebook.com/events/720370328006983/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

April 12 – Quincy, MA
Bane Voice
6:00 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/555811377850686/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

April 13 – Amherst, MA ** – HELP!

April 14 – Manchester, NH **- HELP!

April 15 – Worcester, MA
The Shop
w/Jake McKelvie & The Countertops, Kismet, Slycer
7PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/1460329504186598/

April 16 – TBA

April 17 – Buffalo, NY – House show – Area of Refuge
w/Scott Maccallum and Friends
7PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/672079132838755/

April 18th Pittsburgh PA
“Don’t Give up the Ship Fest”
Lots and lots of music..check out the event
https://www.facebook.com/events/562583310482833/

April 19 – Pittsburgh, PA
The Star Command house
821 Anaheim Street
7:00 PM | $5
W/Cherry Cola Champions & Placeholder
https://www.facebook.com/events/404691756342539/

April 21 – Akron, OH ** – Help!

April 22 – Columbus, OH
The House with no Name
186 East Hudson street
https://www.facebook.com/events/848837005131235/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

April 23 – Lansing, MI – ** Help!

April 24 – Grand Rapids, MI – House show TBA

April 25 – Porter, IN
House show
1650 Coleman st.
7:00 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/623200761106394/

April 26 – Chicago, IL
The Lizard Lounge
Details TBA

April 27 – Chicago, IL

April 28 – Chicago, IL
venue TBA
7:00 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/1435413546702435/

April 29 – Rockford, IL
The Disaster House
714 Locust st, 7pm, $3
https://www.facebook.com/events/238854219632442/?context=create&source=49&notif_t=event_description_mention

April 30 – New Lenox, IL –
Paradise Smoothies

Big love ~ see ya out there, somewhere, someday and someway πŸ˜€

Tour

Upcoming Shows

Hey everybody!
How ya doin’? This week has been pretty busy…I’m waiting extremely patiently for the test presses for my new record to come in. It’s driving me crazy!!!!!!! But 500 polybags showed up at my door yesterday so that’s pretty cool. I got a few shows coming up. Just wanted to share in case you feel like coming!
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And this super awesome gem:
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And a tour kickoff on April 9th with Nude Dudes, The Lies, Matt Pless and more TBA! Really excited about that one…it will be a good send off!!!!

Have a nice day everybody!

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News

NEWS!!!!!!!! 7″ Record, Tour, New Releases, ect!!

Hey everybody!
WeelllllLLLlllL, big news! I’m going back on tour!!!!!! AND I’m putting out a 7″ record!!!!!!!!!! YAHH!!!! I’ve been secretly working really hard in my dungeon of cricket corpses…yes, there are cricket corpses….and i came out with some songs and said HEY WORLD – LET’S MAKE A 7″!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And the world (FAKE ART FAKE MUSIC) and (GRUFF BEARD RECORDS) said OK! SO yes….that is what is going on these days. On top of it all, I recorded a full length situation with The Great Outdoors!!!!!! So I’ve been really really busy :).

Glass House EP
500 Randomly Mixed Colored Vinyl – each jacket will be a little different than the other – in a secret sort of way πŸ™‚
Releasing via Gruff Beard Records (NY) and Fake Art Fake Music (VA) and myself.
Will include digital download with an additional song (or 2 possibly) that is/are not on the vinyl.
4 Songs on Vinyl – Track Listing: West Virginia, Gave It All I Could, Glass House, Rain Coming Down
Mastered by Mr. Kevin Carafa (the audio genius!)
Release Date: April 9th, 2014
Here’s where I recorded it which is what I now dub “The Cricket Cave”
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Also, I recorded with The Great Outdoors on the 22nd and 23rd of February. We recorded with Chris Ross in Milltown, NJ at his home studio. Here’s a picture from that:
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AND!!!!!!! I still have the Beta Snakes Split tape with Darkwing coming out at some point very, very soon! Last news I heard it was coming out mid-March (this month!!!) so more should be happening with that soon.

ANNNNNNNNNDDD!!!! I submitted a song for a compilation on NotRock Records a while back and that should be coming out in the next month or two as well! So I’m gunna be pretty set and ready with a lot of new music for tour and for life!!!!

And here’s the information on the tour:
Again I am going with MATT PLESS (mattpless.com)!!!!!
Here are the tour dates so far for the first half of the tour!!!
The places with a ** going on mean we need help!! If you know anyone in the area that books or a place we can play please let me know! We are open to playing surrounding areas too…and are flexible with our booking πŸ™‚ The other places are either booked or being worked on!!

April 10 – Freeland, PA
April 11 – Lowell, MA
April 12 – Quincy, MA
April 13 – Somewhere, Massachusetts**
April 14 – Manchester, NH
April 15 – Worcester, MA
April 16 – Geneva, NY or Ithaca, NY
April 17 – Buffalo, NY
April 18 – Pittsburgh, PA
April 19 – Western, PA**
April 20 – Akron, OH
April 21 – Akron, OH **
April 22 – Detroit, MI **
April 23 – Lansing, MI
April 24 – Grand Rapids, MI
April 25 – Chesterton, IN
April 26 – Chicago, IL
April 27 – Chicago, IL
April 28 – Chicago, IL**
April 29 – Rockford, IL
April 30 – New Lenox, IL
May 1 – Bloomington, IN
May 2 – Indianapolis, IL
May 3 – Louisville, KY
May 4 – Nashville, TN**
May 5 – Nashville, TN
May 6 – Huntsville, AL
May 7 – Memphis, TN **
May 8 – Little Rock, AK**
May 9 – Oklahoma City, OK
May 10 – Oklahoma City, OK
May 11 – Oklahoma City, OK
May 12 – Oklahoma City, OK
May 13 – Oklahoma City, OK
May 14 – Witchita, KS**
May 15 – Shawnee, KS**
May 16 – Kansas City, MI**
May 17 – Columbia, MI
May 18 – Des Moines, IA
May 19 – Omaha, NE
May 20 – Omaha, NE
May 21 – Omaha, NE
May 22 – Sioux City, IO**
May 23 – Sioux Falls, SD**
May 24 – Drive
May 25 – Rapid City, SD
May 26 – Rapid City, SD
May 27 – Drive
May 28 – Cheyenne, WY
May 29 – Fort Collins, CO
May 30 – Boulder, CO
May 31 – OFF
June 1 – Denver, CO
June 2 – Grand Junction, CO**
June 3 – OFF
June 4 – St. George, UT**
June 5 – Las Vegas, NV
June 6 – Barstow, CA**
June 7 – San Bernadino/Riverside, CA**
June 8 – Temecula, CA
June 9 – San Diego, CA
June 10 – San Diego, CA
June 11 – L.A., CA
June 12 – L.A., CA
June 13 – L.A., CA
June 14 – L.A., CA/Bridgetown
June 15 – L.A., CA/Bridgetown
June 16 – Simi Valley, CA
June 17 – Santa Barbara, CA**
June 18 – Santa Maria, CA**
June 19 – BIG SUR!
June 20 – BIG SUR!
June 21 – Salinas, CA**
June 22 – Santa Cruz, CA
June 23 – San Francisco, CA
June 24 – San Francisco, CA
June 25 – Oakland, CA
June 26 – Stockton, CA
June 27 – Sacramento, CA**
June 28 – Santa Rosa, CA**
June 29 – Drive
June 30 – Arcata
July 1 – Arcata
July 2 – Arcata
July 3 – Arcata
July 4 – Arcata
July 5 – Arcata
July 6 – OFF
July 7 – OFF
July 8 – Roseburg, OR
July 9 – Eugene, OR
July 10 – Portland, OR