Jeremy Messersmith Pulls ‘Graveyard' Shift at Lestat's

With music available everywhere, it's impossible to hear everything and stay on top of new music that deserves attention and music that is just riding some wave or trend. I count on radio, blogs and friends to keep me in the loop.

When I recently got an e-mail about Jeremy Messersmith, initially I ignored it. Then I cycled back and clicked a link and was taken back by his single "Violet!" (right click for a free download), and I had to hear more. The musician from Minneapolis released his third album, The Reluctant Graveyard, on May 4 and is known for weekly blog posts and videos, and for connecting with his fans. At times compared to Elliott Smith -- or to the Beatles and Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys -- to me his music can be classified with contemporaries Nada Surf and Gomez. After listening to his two previous albums, it's no wonder he has a cover of "Skyway" (by Minnesota legends The Replacements) and can be found on YouTube sharing the stage with Graycoats, a band that released one of my favorite records of 2009, (though widely overlooked by just about everyone outside of the land of 10,000 lakes). Catch Jeremy this Thursday in the intimacy of Lestat's.

Thursday May 13:

  • Jeremy Messersmith @ Lestat's
  • Simone @ Anthology
  • Toots and the Maytals, Ray Fresco @ Sound Wave
  • Swim Party, Little White Teeth @ Whistle Stop
  • Ghettoblaster, Dog Shredder @ Bar Pink
  • Lyon Crowns, the Ruse, Honor By August @ Casbah
  • The Gift Curse, Roswell That Ends Well, Gran Sasso @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Groundation, Orgone @ Belly Up
  • Flavors of the Gaslamp Hosted by Lorenzo Neal, Legedu Naanee, Eric Allen and Earl Campbell @ House of Blues
  • Inspired Flight, Sleepy Eyes of Death, Kenseth Thibideau @ Soda Bar
  • Bitter Sober, guests @ Ruby Room
  • The Idan Raichel Project @ Sherwood Auditorium, Musum of Contemporary Art La Jolla
  • Gregory Page @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • Rob Deez & Friends Present: Twiggs Unplugged with Kelsea Rae Little @ Twigg's
  • Jeremy Joseph, Wally Ingram @ Winston's
  • Ancient History, Oh Air Night, Samhears @ Radio Room
  • Ruby and the Red Hots @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Natives of The New Dawn @ 710 Beach Club
  • Pasha Tseitlin @ Dizzy's
  • Johnny Vernazza, Len Rainey and the Midnight Players @ Patrick's II
  • GSMG, Nuform, Young Miidas, Educate/ Unxpected @ Brick by Brick
  • Harpsichord students@ Conrad Prebys Recital Hall, UCSD
  • Hot Rod Lincoln @ Valley View Casino
  • J-Man, The Ratbirds, Mesetta, Heather Green, Joalby, Katie Leigh, Doug McCarron, Johnny Q, Lil' Nicky @ Dreamstreet Live
  • ES Jay, Stealing Love Jones @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • The Pheromones, Demise O @ RT's Longboard Grill
  • Clay Colton Band @ Hennessey's Carlsbad
  • Jon Ji, Brian Bosen @ The Wit's End
  • Alyssa Jacey @ Hennessey's PB
  • Axxion @ Grossmont High School, 5pm

Rosemary Bystrak writes about the San Diego music scene, events, and sometimes whatever creeps into her head on her music blogSan Diego: Dialed In. Check it for even more listings. She also provides social media content for the Casbah. Follow her updates at or submit your music listings.

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