SHINE 2009 – Realism album review

The summer always welcomes sounds that produce a feeling of euphoria; beautiful, luscious chord progressions, simple, yet groovy drum samples and a calming, tranquil vocal delivery, are the usual ingredients to summer soundtracks. This is the case with SHINE 2009. Combining the downtempo vibes of groups such as, Thievery Corporation, or Zero 7, with danceable beats that nod nostalgically at ’90s techno, SHINE 2009 delivers an album that is absolutely enjoyable.

Realism begins with “Graduation,” a track that oozes with poppy percussion, soothing vocals and staccato piano hits. The chord progressions are infectious, allowing Sami Suova’s voice to just float over everything. “Public Exposure” sounds exactly like any major dance club hit of the ’90s. Reverberated loops and piano hits are supported by wavy synths; the song does not have any significant changes, acting as nothing more than a simple dance track.

“One” stands out because of its Thievery Corporation-like sound. The wah-wah guitars at the beginning of the song, open up a realm full of xylophone hits, tambourines and synths. Following “One,” is the even cooler “Realism.” “Realism” just grows; airy, free-flowing synths provide a bridge for Suova’s straight-laced vocals. “New Rules” is the track that stands out; both the drum beat, and the bass melody remind me of P.M. Dawn’s “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss,” as it just grooves. It is definitely the album’s butt-shaker track.

“World” continues with the group’s familiar ’90’s sound, with its syncopated piano hits and head-moving drum beat. “Modern Times” ends the album with bouncy synths, groovy bass and body-moving drums.

SHINE 2009’s Sami Suova and Mikko Pykari accurately bring back the 1990’s dance sound that made everyone move. The group is obviously very comfortable with creating a sound that is heavily influenced by the ’90’s, which can help, or harm them. Yes, they do the music absolute justice, but in not really experimenting with their sound, they do not really stand out as much as they possibly could. Regardless, the tracks are great to listen to, and are perfect for a night of dancing, or a day of complete laziness. If you grow nostalgic for the that ’90s definitive dance-groove sound, and are looking for nothing more than minimal, body-shaking tracks, SHINE 2009’s Realism is the album for you.

The Grownup Noise This Time With Feeling Announcing National Summer Tour Dates! Download: “The Artist Type” MP3

The Grownup Noise This Time With Feeling Announcing National Summer Tour Dates! Download: “The Artist Type” MP3

“….blends sleepy melodies with guitarist-vocalist Paul Hansen’s intelligent croon… “

“ …so genuine in its simple emotion that you can’t help but embrace it.”
– Boston Weekly Dig

“They’re a band that revels in the beauty of a simple melody delivered with minimal enhancement for maximum emotional effect…”
– Tucson Weekly

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

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!

The Grownup Noise Tour Dates

7/31: Brooklyn, NY @ Rockshop
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

Jeremy Messersmith Adds West Coast Tour Dates, Releases Video from The Graveyard Tour

Jeremy Messersmith Adds West Coast Tour Dates, Releases Video from The Graveyard Tour

“[Jeremy Messersmith’s] hyper-literate, hyper-melodic tunes just keep getting better.” – NBC New York

“Messersmith’s voice is an airy, whispery kind of instrument, his singing is as clear as a piece of cut
crystal.” – NPR

“His songs seem to remind us that for every bit of rottenness that is out there… there are so many more flashes of incredible beauty. – Daytrotter

Watch Jeremy and his band perform at a graveyard on YouTube

Minnesota-based songwriter Jeremy Messersmith & his band are pleased to announce another string of summer tour dates, this time making their way to the West coast. Messersmith and his band just wrapped up an NPR Tiny Desk Concert and are continuing on The Graveyard Tour, following an amazing set of East coast dates where they visited and performed at graveyards in each city. Click on the image above to watch live footage from tour as they perform “Toussaint Grey, First in Life and Death.” Also, find out why Messersmith is dubbed the “Dungeon Master” in his cover story for The Nerd Issue of

Messersmith’s newest album and final installment of a trilogy, The Reluctant Graveyard, was featured as one of NPR’s Best Albums of 2010. Known for his innovative approach to art and his cross platform creativity, his papercraft animation Tatooine video (where he sums up the Star Wars Trilogy in two minutes), received outstanding praise and was one of PBS’ top picks for “The Music Video Makes a Comeback” feature. Messersmith offers fans the ability to pay what they wish on his Bandcamp site and regularly updates his own website with new content every Wednesday. Stay updated on Messersmith’s interesting musings, news, and videos here and be sure to check him out with a full band on the road.

Jeremy Messersmith On Tour

7/12 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
7/13 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
7/14 – Lincoln, NE – House Show
7/15 – Denver, CO – Walnut Room
7/17- Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room
7/18 – San Diego, CA – The Soda Bar
7/19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Satellite
7/20 – San Francisco, CA – Hotel Utah Saloon
7/21 – Davis, CA – Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
7/22 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
7/24 – Seattle, WA – High Dive

THE PARAMEDIC to Headline AMP Magazine’s ‘The Devil In Me’ CD Release Tour with Crown The Empire & Call It Karma

THE PARAMEDIC to Headline AMP Magazine’s ‘The Devil In Me’ CD Release Tour with Crown The Empire & Call It Karma

Dayton, OH metalcore experience THE PARAMEDIC and AMP Magazine are pleased to announce the upcoming The Devil In Me CD Release Tour! Several tour dates have been confirmed, and more are soon to be announced. The tour is scheduled to start on August 5th in Kettering, OH and will end in Barrington, IL on August 21st. See below for all confirmed tour dates, and for updates and additional announcements, please check

“We are beyond excited to announce our CD release tour,” states vocalist Mike Luciano. “It will be a pleasure playing our new CD in full every night for our fans. We have been very busy recording music videos and writing new music and this will be a welcomed breath of fresh air. Don’t be shy, make sure to come say hi to us. We love talking with our fans. Rock ‘n’ Roll BABY!”

8/5 Kettering, OH @ The Attic
8/6 Indianapolis IN @ The Hoosier Dome
8/7 Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter
8/8 Nashville TN @ TBA
8/9 Columbia SC @ New Brookland Tavern
8/10 Spartanburg SC @ TBA
8/11 Richmond VA @ TBA
8/12 Waretown, NJ @ Station 36
8/13 Allentown PA @ TBA
8/14 Binghamton, NY @ Jarvis Street
8/15 Rockville Center NY @ The Vibe Lounge
8/16 Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
8/17 Jermyn PA @ Eleanor Rigby’s
8/18 Cleveland OH @ TBA
8/19 Mt Clemens MI @ The Hayloft
8/20 Kokomo, IN @ National Guard Armory
8/21 Barrington, IL @ Rock Room

THE PARAMEDIC recently released a new cover of Lil Wayne’s ‘6 Foot 7 Foot’ on their official YouTube page. Head to the page to listen to the track now: The band also just wrapped shooting a new music video for their track ‘The Sixth Seal’, directed and edited by Graham Fielder. The video will be unveiled in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for updates.

THE PARAMEDIC’s free EP, The Devil In Me, is available now! The EP was self-produced by the band at their personal studio in Dayton, OH. With a revolutionary new sound, THE PARAMEDIC is ready to obliterate the airwaves, your stereos, and your ears with The Devil In Me. The band is currently looking for a label to call home.

1. The Sixth Seal
2. A Vessel Of Times Past
3. The Devil In Me
4. From The Throne