Minneapolis-based artist Jeremy Messersmith is preparing for a two-month long summer tour in support of his forthcoming full-length, The Reluctant Graveyard, the final installment of his album trilogy (out May 4). The tour will kick off in Omaha and Jeremy will make his way to both coasts. Comic book artist Ming Doyle illustrated a lovely poster to accompany (below). Check out Jeremy’s first single, “Violet!,” now available for mp3 download!

Jeremy’s music takes cues from ’60s Beach Boys, Beatles and Zombies-influenced chamber pop and classic pop. He puts his own energy and spin on the pop formula, and has a genuine talent for writing updated, instantly-memorable songs. His music has been featured on NPR, MTV and “Ugly Betty” among others.

A highly active member of the social media world and music community, Jeremy updates his website every Wednesday with new content, from a b-side track, show announcement, lunchtime video concert, to streaming video from the recording studio allowing for live fan feedback. This week, Jeremy is offering a pre-order of his album, and has organized a week-long Twitter-based “scavenger hunt” in the Twin Cities, planting download cards and vinyl in select places around the city. One new clue/location will be revealed every day leading up to his album release.

Check out a live performance from Jeremy on 89.3 The Current for his song “A Girl, A Boy and a Graveyard,” featured on The Reluctant Graveyard, and be sure to catch him when he comes to your town!

Jeremy Messersmith On Tour:
May 1 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
May 7 Minneapolis, MN – The Cedar Cultural Center w/The Mynabirds
May 8 Latitude 44 – Sioux Falls, SD
May 9 Lincoln, NE – Duffy’s Tavern
May 10 Denver, CO – Hi-Dive
May 13 San Diego, CA – Lestats
May 14 Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Cafe
May 15 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg THeater
May 19 San Francisco, CA – Hotel Utah
May 20 Portland, OR – Berbati’s Pan
May 21 Eugene, OR – Sam Bond’s Garage
May 22 Seattle, WA – High Dive (early show)
May 28 New York, NY – Joe’s Pub
June 5 Chicago, IL – Do Division Street Festival
June 10 Boston, MA – Cafe 939
June 11 Washington D.C. – Velvet Lounge
June 14 Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
June 15 Evanston, IL – SPACE
June 16 Iowa City, IA – The Mill
June 18 Milwaukee, WI – Club Giribaldi’s
June 21 Lexington, KY – Natashia’s
June 22 Nashville, TN – 3rd and Lindsley
June 23 Atlanta, GA – Smith’s Olde Bar
June 28 Austin, TX – Stubb’s
“With simple chord progressions and beautifully crafted melodies, his music feels reminiscent of ’60s-style, Beach Boys-influenced pop.” -NPR World Cafe

“The lyrics of his songs also suggest that he’s a little on the glum side of things, although those dark lyrics all come supported by a musical spoonful of sugar: beautiful, catchy melodies.” -KCMP 89.3 The Current

“Imagine Elliott Smith driving in a convertible, the wind flying through his hair, singing about sadness and somehow creating joy enough to forget his troubles for a while.” -The Onion

“Jeremy Messersmith has that certain je ne sais quoi. His sad lyrics/happy melody coupling isn’t brand-new, but it’s done in a way that conjures images of a still-upright Elliott Smith performing songs intended for Brian Wilson or A.C. Newman,not a bad spot to be in, all told.” -City Pages (Village Voice)

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