News, Tour

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 Cause like C.C. (drummer for The Great Outdoors) says, “worse than not having a website is having an outdated website.”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.


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… 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 ~


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

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

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



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

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


Hanging out with my super fun nephews in Ohio.


Fire in Chesterton, IN. Burning a Christmas tree 8).

My really good friend Jenny and 4 month old Mia…loves of my life.

Tour truth…home sweet home~ Rockford, IL.

Derby Day Party – Louiseville, KY…Tall Squares killing it!

Really awesome backyard in Nashville, TN.

Playing on the rooftop of the Hard Rock Cafe ~ Nashville, TN


Annnddd….how I feel pretty much every time I get to play guitar 😀


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



MAY TOUR DATES ~ w/Matt Pless

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

May 2 – Indianapolis, IN 
Ferret Petting Zoo
571 N Belmont Ave Indianapolis IN 46222
w/Space Age Pessimist
8PM | $3-5 Donation

May 3 – Louisville, KY
Derby Day Party
1429 Morton Avenue
6:00 PM

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

May 5 – Nashville, TN – TBA

May 6 – Huntsville, AL 
255 Pratt Ave shows
8:00 PM

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

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

May 9 – Oklahoma City, OK 
Sauced 9PM

May 10 – Oklahoma City, OK 
Bonfire PartayyYY!

May 11 – Oklahoma City, OK 
Mashed Potato Puppy Dome
2813 nw 26th street 
8:00 PM

May 12 – Oklahoma City, OK 

May 13 – Oklahoma City, OK 
Mike Nice Tuesdays

May 14 – Springfield, MO
The Obec
1936 east blaine
8:00 PM

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

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

May 19 – Omaha, NE 
May 20 – Omaha, NE 

May 21 – Council Bluffs, Iowa
Dungeon House 
33 N 6th St Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503
6:00 pm

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

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

May 26 – Rapid City, SD
May 27 – Wyoming 

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

May 29 – Fort Collins, CO
details TBA

May 30 – Boulder, CO
The Paradime
4949 N. Broadway
9:00 PM

May 31 – OFF 

Music, News, Tour


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 ~…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!

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

April 12 – Quincy, MA
Bane Voice
6:00 PM

April 13 – Amherst, MA ** – HELP!

April 14 – Manchester, NH **- HELP!

April 15 – Worcester, MA
The Shop
w/Jake McKelvie & The Countertops, Kismet, Slycer

April 16 – TBA

April 17 – Buffalo, NY – House show – Area of Refuge
w/Scott Maccallum and Friends

April 18th Pittsburgh PA
“Don’t Give up the Ship Fest”
Lots and lots of music..check out the event

April 19 – Pittsburgh, PA
The Star Command house
821 Anaheim Street
7:00 PM | $5
W/Cherry Cola Champions & Placeholder

April 21 – Akron, OH ** – Help!

April 22 – Columbus, OH
The House with no Name
186 East Hudson street

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

April 26 – Chicago, IL
The Lizard Lounge
Details TBA

April 27 – Chicago, IL

April 28 – Chicago, IL
venue TBA
7:00 PM

April 29 – Rockford, IL
The Disaster House
714 Locust st, 7pm, $3

April 30 – New Lenox, IL –
Paradise Smoothies

Big love ~ see ya out there, somewhere, someday and someway 😀


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:

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!



More Tour Favorites

“living in a house with no mirrors, i see my reflection through our interactions”

HellllLLLllloOOO! I have returned from the great lands of the West and find myself sitting in Montague, NJ with nothing but a brain full of memories, a bunch of layers on to keep the cold off my skin, and a house with my family just the way I left it. It’s amazing how nothing seems to change even when it’s all different. I wanted to put some time into reflecting on what happened and one thing I can say is I definitely ran into a lot of new music…so I wanted to share some folks that I found particularly enjoyable to listen to…here are my top songs from my top 5 people :)…sorry if I left you off the list…there’s a lot to choose from!!

1. Casper Allen – I met Casper in Fort Collins, CO where him and his friends played some music…then saw him again in New Mexico but I think he’s originally from Texas. I think Matt and I listened to this CD in the car the most…this song gets stuck in my head all the time!

Check out his band page at:

2. Nicholas Hull  – There’s not much online for this dude…but I genuinely enjoyed his music and loved listening to his set! I saw him play in Temecula, CA at The Dial.

3. Camp Wisdom – I did not play with these guys but this nice woman Robyn showed me their music for about an hour. We sat and smiled and listened to all of their songs that are online…she knew every word. I love their music and want to share it. They are from Olympia, WA.

4. Watermelon Slim – This GUY! Matt and I walked into the only place open on a Sunday night in Clarksdale, MS and saw this…

Life could not have been more complete that night :).

5. Cole Sullivan – Ahhh, yes. Best whistler on this side of the Mississippi, or whichever side he seems to be on. Saw him play in Richmond and he brings you to that happy place where there is summer sand in your shoes and sunburn on your face.

Of course, I will always adore my tour mate Matt Pless’ music which I didn’t add to the list because it’s not new to me :)…here’s one of my favorites:

Well, that’s all for now!



Tour Favorites – Pictures

Alright guys…here are some places that I all suggest you go to some~day.

Place #1: Trent Knox’s porch (overnight) – Omaha, NE
If you don’t know who Trent Knox is chances are one day you will. Matt knew Trent (the man, the myth, the legend) from previous tours so we went to go visit him. We asked if we can crash at his house after the show and it wasn’t a problem until we got back from the show too late and everybody was sleeping and the door was locked. Luckily there were couches on the porch so we just passed out right there. It felt a lot like camping haha. Trent found us sleeping there the next morning while he was leaving for work and it was pretty funny time. Here’s a picture of the porch…

Place #2: Mount Evans, Colorado
OK – If you find yourself in Colorado for any reason at all…you should go up to Mount Evans. I don’t remember all the details about height and all that but it is the highest paved road in North America. You literally drive above the clouds all the way till you reach snow-capped mountains. At the bottom of the mountain it’s summer and by the time you reach the top it’s winter. You would be surprised at the lack of guard rails on this road…especially for how skinny and dangerous they are. There is no destination on Mount Evans except the top. You literally drive to the top and then have to drive back the way you came. Here’s a picture of me at the beginning of the drive:

Place #3: The Salt Flats, Utah
I didn’t hear about the Salt Flats until Matt mentioned we’ll be going through that way. Chances are you probably have seen the Salt Flats on a car commercial. It is one of the most wild things I have seen and also one of the most wild things I have felt. You literally feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, searching for your soul. It looks a lot like this:
Place #4: Essex – CA
This is inside the cabin I stayed in for a month. No running water, flimsy heat situation, not even sure if there’s an address but overall it was a really great time. We had to walk about a quarter mile to our car and back every morning and night (with a flashlight) cause we couldn’t get the car up the unpaved hill. It was in the middle of redwood trees and was purely peaceful once I got over the fear of mountain lions.

Place #5: With a Friend Holding a Paper Towel on Your Bloody Skull – Blue Lake, CA
I walked into the falling hatchback trunk of the car while not paying attention to what was in front of me…totally had blood in my hair for 2-3 days because I did not have any running water around haha!
Place #6:  A Treesort – Takilma, OR

A Treesort…a resort of tree houses. We got hooked up!! It was such a cool place to stay…there were many activitrees to do there…and spa treetments. And zip lining! And horses! And swings! Needless to say it was a fun place. But the coolest part had to be the fact that there was a bathroom in these tree houses so I took a shower in a freakin tree! Yah!
Place #7: Multnomah Falls – Portland, OR
It really gives me great joy when I see people gather together to look at something in nature that is just too beautiful to ignore. Something like this:
Place #8: Big Sur, CA
I was looking forward to seeing this the whole entire time and it did not disappoint. Big Sur is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Here’s a picture that does it no justice: 
Place #9: Rich People Bathrooms – Los Angeles, CA
Our friend who lives in L.A. works at a really fancy hotel where celebrities go and pay a ridiculous amount of money to sleep. He had to pick up some tips from there and I really needed to use the bathroom. To my surprise (not really I don’t know why I would expect anything different) it was a ridiculously nice bathroom…with little individual towels to dry your hands with. And buckets to put the towels in…and makeup mirrors. It was just a really wild looking bathroom. Here it is:
Place #10: At a Screaming Females Concert (anywhere!!)

Ahhh! Went to go see the Screaming Females at the Echoplex in L.A. on one of our days off and Obits happened to be playing upstairs. I got to see two bands that I follow on the regular in one night. So rad!!

Ok that’s all for now!!! Next show is at Bridgetown DIY in La Puente. YahhhhH!