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The Grownup Noise Announce Summer Tour

Four years and five national tours since the release of their last album, The Grownup Noise’s latest record, This Time With Feeling, has definitely proven itself to be worth the wait. Carefully blending elements of pop, folk and rock, the band bridges the gap between indie and Americana. The record was mixed in North Carolina by studio master Scott Solter (Spoon, Okkervil River). Fusing tranquil lyrics and harmonies with an assortment of orchestrated flourishes including cellos, pianos and accordions, all five members of The Grownup Noise are multi-instrumentalists.

The album opens with “Strawmen,” a lush arrangement that evokes feelings of peace and clarity. The playful “Six Foot Solemn Oath” immediately launches into a duet lead by intertwining piano and strings. “Carnival” lifts the tempo with a powerful folk-rock hook and lyrics that tell the tale of a magical love. Sorrowful lead single “The Artist Type” boasts an irresistible melody, expertly uniting gentle string arrangements and booming piano.

Check out “The Artist Type” MP3 HERE.

The Grownup Noise will kick off a national summer tour in support of This Time With Feeling. Described by the Portland Press Herald as combining “smart lyrics with keen vocals” and adding that “its songs are doses of melodic sunshine,” the Boston-based quintet offer a kinetic, emotional warmth. Catch them live in your city!

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The Grownup Noise Tour Dates

8/3: Philadelphia, PA @ Danger Danger Gallery
8/4: Washington, DC @ Velvet Lounge
8/5: Columbus, OH @ Kafe Kerouac
8/6: Louisville, KY @ Uncle Slayton's
8/7: Dayton, OH @ South Park Tavern
8/8: Chicago, IL @ Schubas
8/9: Nashville, TN @ Five Spot
8/11: Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
8/16: Santa Cruz, CA - Daytime show
8/18: San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
8/19: Sacramento, CA @ Distillery
8/23: Portland, OR @ Solar Panel Company - Daytime show
8/23: Portland, OR @ Knife Shop
8/24: Seattle, WA @ Hi-Dive

Holiday Shores | Hi-Dive | Denver, CO

Denver is a Broncos town.  When they play everything else takes a backseat. With the Broncos playing on Monday night, I did not expect Holiday Shores to draw much of a crowd for their show. Deservedly so, they had a bigger crowd than I anticipated. By the end of the night, they were far more interesting to watch than the Broncos.

David Bazan & Say Hi | Hi-Dive | Denver

Any Questions?  If you have not been to a David Bazan show, you might be caught a little off guard when he solicits questions from the audience. His show with Say Hi at the Hi-Dive was reminiscent of the times I have seen him in the past. He answered questions, joked around and eliminated any barrier that traditionally exists between musicians and their fans.

Holiday Shores Play DENVER At Hi Dive On 11/9 With Evangelicals

Columbus'd The Whim is the first first full-length album from Pemberton's Holiday Shores, who, like the street that bears their name, are quintessentially summer: chimey guitars, reverb-soaked vocals, warbling Rhodes, echoes of years past.

Pemberton started playing the piano at age seven and learned the guitar shortly after. He began finding his musical footing in high school bands, playing with his brother, friends, and eventually his college roommates.

The album, packed with 10 could-be singles, reads like a book of Pemberton's well-written memories. Each word chosen meaningfully with a linguist's touch; each sentence constructed carefully with an artist's ear. Columbus'd The Whim is a literary work in addition to a sonic one.

The current line up, comprised of friends and roommates spent months recording together in Pemberton's living room obsessing over vintage gear and perfecting their captivating hooks, heart-warming melodies, and creating a haunting tunnel of sound as a stunning backdrop.

Columbus'd The Whim is Holiday Shores' first release on twosyllable records.

CMJ Dates

10/20 - New York, NY - Cake Shop (Poptarts Suck Toasted Day Party)

10/22 - Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium (Myopenbar Party)

10/23 - Brooklyn, NY - Trash Bar (Breakthru Radio Day Party)

10/23 - New York, NY - The Delancey (twosyllable records/Underwater Peoples CMJ Showcase)

10/24 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg (AAM Day Party)

Tour Dates

10/11 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder ^

10/19 - Hamden, CT - The Space

10/20 - New York, NY - Cake Shop (Poptarts Suck Toasted Day Party) @

10/22 - Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium (Myopenbar Party) $

10/23 - Brooklyn, NY - Trash Bar (Breakthru Radio Day Party)

10/23 - New York, NY - The Delancey (twosyllable records/Underwater Peoples CMJ Showcase) #

10/24 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg (AAM Day Party)

11/2 - Phoenix, AZ - Modified Arts*

11/4 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern*

11/5 - Portland, OR - Holocene*

11/6 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project*

11/7 - Missoula, MT - The Palace*

11/8 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court*

11/9 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive*

11/11 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar*

11/12 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird*

11/16 - Washington, DC - The Red and The Black*

11/17 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie*

11/18 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall*

11/19 - Allston, MA - Great Scott*

11/20 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place*

11/21 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern*

11/22 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern*

11/23 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop*

^ w/Pattern is Movement

*w/Evangelicals

@ Surfer Blood, Princeton

$w/Javelin

#w/ Real Estate, New Villager, Inlets, Frat Dad, Pill Wonder

The Subjects Play DENVER At Hi Dive On 10.10 With Bad Veins

Despite their clandestine and controversial beginnings (two band members were teachers and two were students at the same high school), The Subjects have managed to carve a name for themselves that sounds more like "Rushmore" than "School of Rock." Back in 2002, guitarist Joe Smith and bassist/vocalist Dave Sheinkopf were splitting their time between writing songs and syllabi, while drummer/vocalist Matt Iwanusa and guitarist Jimmy Carbonetti were about to bust out of the same Manhattan school. Since both parties were in desperate need of a full band, they held some rehearsals and once it became clear that the quartet's chemistry was pretty damn combustible, the Subjects were born.

Fast-forward a few years and things get a bit more complicated. The Subjects’ debut is dropped (2007’s With the Ease Grace Precision and Cleverness of Human Beings) and they hit the road, at first on their own and then with the Walkmen a few months later.

“We were always serious about playing music,” says Iwanusa, “but when we started meeting and playing with bands that were making music for a living we got to see how they did it.”

Keeping that career path in mind, the Subjects dove right into the demo stages for New Soft Shoe, firing up minimalist recordings in the style of their first full-length. Once those songs were ready for a proper studio, the band headed over to Key Club Recording Co. a couple hours outside Chicago. By working closely with Key Club’s masterful engineers, William Skibbe and Jessica Ruffins (see also: rock-solid releases from Cass McCombs, The Kills and Fiery Furnaces), the Subjects were able to whip up their wildest ideas, expanding their arsenal with everything from old-fashioned organs to honky-tonk pianos to Matt’s mom on saxophone.

“A lot of the instrumentation on this record came from stuff I learned in school—stuff I never thought I’d use,” says Sheinkopf, citing his training in classical harmony.

The first thing you’ll notice about the final product is the vocals—the way the melody in “Winter Vacation” unfolds like a spare Animal Collective A-Side; the brilliant shuffleboard beats/honeyed harmonies of “Right2Know.” Beyond that, the ep spreads the Subjects’ various strengths across the divergent tastes of four distinct songwriters in just 10 minutes. Well, divergent in terms of pulling cues from several eras and subgenres. All and all, the current state of the Subjects is as cohesive as a dictator-less band gets.

“Most of the arrangements on the first record are within the constraints of a four-piece band,” explains Iwanusa. “Now everyone’s more comfortable trying to sing and play different instruments. We all stepped it up this time.”

US Tour Dates

Wed 10/7 - Lager House - Detroit, MI #

Thu 10/8 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL #

Fri 10/9 - Bourbon Theater - Lincoln, NE

Sat 10/10 - Hi Dive - Denver, CO #

Mon 10/12 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT #

Tue 10/13 - Reef - Boise, ID #

Wed 10/14 - High Dive - Seattle, WA #

Thu 10/15 - Rotture - Portland, OR #

Fri 10/16 - Sam Bond's Garage - Eugene, OR #

Sat 10/17 - Luigis - Sacramento, CA #

10/18 - Brookdale Lodge - Brookdale, CA #

Mon 10/19 - Soda Bar - San Diego, CA #

Tue 10/20 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA #

Wed 10/21 - Modified Arts - Phoenix, AZ #

Fri 10/23 - Emo's Jr. - Austin, TX #

Sun 10/25 - Cicero's - St. Louis, MO #

Mon 10/26 - The Vollrath - Indianapolis, IN #

Tue 10/27 - The Cambridge Room @ HOB - Cleveland, OH #

Wed 10/28 - DC Nine - Washington, DC #

Thu 10/29 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA #

$ = w/ Chairlift, Micachu and the Shapes, Heartless Bastards

* = w/ The Soft Pack

# = w/ Bad Veins