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The Graduate on "Stay Classy USA Tour"

posted Jul 21, 2008, 1:54 PM by Vu Nguyen
From Girlie Action

(Icon Music)
When you hear a new band for the first time, it’s only natural to try to place it in context with the familiar. Upon first listen, Springfield, IL’s The Graduate may drum up images of print hoodies and guyliner, but the truth is, this humble five-piece is simply a bold rock band experimenting with a myriad of sounds that move them. Given this, allow yourself to be introduced to The Graduate.
Formed in 2005 from the ashes of several other bands, The Graduate is a collaboration between long-time friends Tim Moore, Corey Warning, Matt Kennedy, Max Sauer and Jared Wuestenberg. The band
gained momentum quickly on the Midwest ‘indie-circuit’ due to the memorable songs, interactive live show and friendly disposition of its members, eventually landing on the cover of CMJ in late 2006. The Graduate has been featured several times the Myspace music homepage over the past year, and has been a winner on MTVu’s “The Freshmen”.
Best described as solid, mature pop-rock showered with sincerity and honesty, the band’s debut full-length, Anhedonia, produced by Brian McTernan (Circa Survive, Senses Fail, and Thrice), is laced with bold rhythms interspersed with flourishing progressions and macabre beats that support the delicate beauty of the band’s shimmering guitars.
The Graduate tours incessantly, and firmly believes in earning fan loyalty through good old-fashioned touring. They’ve traveled the country through and through, playing over 200 shows in the past year, most recently with the likes of Jack’s Mannequin and Simple Plan. The festival circuit has also opened their arms to the Illinois natives with stints on Lollapalooza, Bamboozle, and the Warped Tour, as well as Germany’s Rock am See (with Nine Inch Nails headlining).
Don’t Miss The Graduate when they roll through your town!
        July 22                      Atlanta, GA                         Masquerade
         July 23                      Charlotte, NC              Amos South End
         July 25                      Ft. Lauderdale, FL                 Culture Room
         July 26                      Jacksonville, FL            Jack Rabbits
         July 27                      Orlando, FL                The Social
         July 29                      Columbia, SC             Headliner’s
         July 30                      Fayetteville, NC           Jester’s Pub
         July 31                      Greenville, SC             The Handlebar
         August 1           Norfolk, VA                          The Norva
         August 2           Richmond, VA            Canal Club
         August 3           Towson, MD                The Recher Theatre
         August 5           Philadelphia, PA           The Trocadero
         August 6           New York, NY             Blender Theater at Gramercy
         August 7           S. Burlington, VT         Higher Ground
         August 8           Hartford, CT              Webster Theatre
         August 9           Clifton Park, NY           Northern Lights
         August 12          Lancaster, PA              The Chameleon Club
         August 13          Cleveland, OH            Agora Ballroom
         August 14          Grand Rapids, MI         The Intersection
         August 15          Detroit, MI                         Magic Stick
         August 16          Chicago, IL                         Metro
         August 17          Green Bay, WI            Riverside Ballroom
         August 19          Madison, WI                The Loft
         August 20          St. Paul, MN              Station 4
         August 21          Omaha, NE                        Sokol Underground
         August 22          Colorado Springs, CO    The Black Sheep
         August 23          Murray, UT                          Murray Theater