Entries tagged with: Deer Tick
photo: Craig Finn at Lincoln Center's Appel Room in February (more by Sachyn Mital)
Atlanta's Shaky Knees Festival just announced some additions to its 2016 lineup: Slowdive,Deer Tick, Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, LANY,and The Japanese House.
These are in addition to the bulk of the lineup they announced last month, which includes At the Drive-In, Florence + The Machine, My Morning Jacket, Jane's Addiction, Deftones, Foals, Against Me!, Hop Along and many more. Daily lineups have been announced as well, and you can see who is playing each day in the fest's new poster, below.
Shaky Knees goes on from May 13-15 at Centennial Olympic Park. 3-day passes and single-day tickets are on sale.
Florida is getting its biggest-ever camping music festival this year in Lake Okeechobee with the arrival of the inaugural Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival on March 4-6. The festival, which is produced by some of the makers of Bonnaroo, has a varied lineup, including headliners Mumford & Sons, Hall & Oates, Kendrick Lamar and Skrillex, along with Robert Plant, Big Grams, Fetty Wap, Four Tet, Future, Jason Isbell, Joey Bada$$, Miguel, Odesza, Shabazz Palaces, Ween and many more. It's also one of the last-ever US shows for Youth Lagoon.
Like Bonnaroo does, they're having a big superjam thing too. Theirs is called "PoWoW! A Live Superstar Mashup," and it's led by Miguel and Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler. The jam sesh also includes Hall & Oates' John Oates, jazz breakout Kamasi Washingon, two members of pioneering funk band The Meters (George Porter Jr and Zigaboo Modeliste), the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, DJ Chris Karns, and Soulive members Eric Krasno and Neal Evans. Special guests are promised too.
3 and 4-day weekend passes are available now, along with VIP packages. Full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Ryley Walker at Pitchfork Fest 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Ryley Walker recently recorded a Lagniappe Session for Aquarium Drunkard where he covered four very different tracks. One is an instrumental take on one of the best Grouper songs, "Heavy Water / I'd Rather Be Sleeping." Ryley says:
All time greatest tune. Gave it a shot with just guitar. Really a massive fan of Grouper. Lyrics and arrangements are always fascinating. Every record she sets the bar higher. Listened to this song in particular a hundred times.He also offers renditions of Cass McCombs' "Robin Egg Blue," Tortoise-related Chicago jazz band Isotope 217's "Real MC's" ("One of my most favorite bands ever. Chicago's greats," Ryley says), and Amen Dunes' "Everybody Is Crazy." All four are worth hearing, and you can do so at Aquarium Drunkard.
Ryley was also announced as support on the recently-added second leg of Deer Tick's upcoming acoustic tour. The first leg is with Mutual Benefit. Neither hits NYC, but the run with MB comes close (Albany, Hartford, etc). Updated dates are listed below.
photo: Mutual Benefit at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Jordan Lee's NYC-based chamber pop collective Mutual Benefit last released Love's Crushing Diamond in 2013 and then gave it a re-release on Other Music in 2014. Now they've signed to Mom + Pop, who will announce their next album at some point next year. That makes them labelmates with Neon Indian, Cloud Nothings, Courtney Barnett (who was announced today as a Best New Artist Grammy nominee), and more.
Mutual Benefit also announced a tour supporting Deer Tick in March, where Deer Tick will be playing acoustic sets. No NYC dates on that tour, but Deer Tick are playing here twice on 12/30 and New Year's Eve. All of those dates are listed below.
Back in October, Delta Spirit frontman Matthew Logan Vasquez kicked off his solo career with the rocking "Everything I Do Is Out" single that ended up on his The Austin EP last month. Now he's set to release his debut full length, Solicitor Returns, on February 9. That's the artwork above. No music released from the album yet, but you can check out the video for "Everything I Do Is Out" below.
MLV will play a release show for the album in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right (2/9) the day it comes out. Tickets go on sale Friday (12/4) at noon. It's his only upcoming date at the moment.
In related news, Matthew's pals in Deer Tick are playing New Year's shows at Brooklyn Bowl again this year. Before that though, 3/5 of Deer Tick (Ian O'Neil, Chris Ryan and Dennis Ryan) will play NYC with their other band Happiness (also including Ravi Shavi's Rafay Rashid). They play Union Pool on December 19 with Phosphorescent collaborator Heaven's Jail and Such Hounds. Tickets are on sale now.
MLV video below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Parquet Courts & Lee Ranaldo / Rainer Maria & Meredith Graves / Kurt Vile & Kim Gordon / Waxahatche & Mac McCaughan / Titus' Patrick Stickles
None of the acts on any of Webster Hall's three stages last night (12/2) asked if anyone actually knows what Ground Control Touring is, but their name was on the marquee and many of them thanked them. I guess for those not in the biz it doesn't really matter when in one night you get to see Kurt Vile, Superchunk, Parquet Courts, Deer Tick, Rainer Maria, Screaming Females and more.The booking agency, who usually do their magic only behind the scenes, handles tours for many of indie rock's biggest names and was celebrating 15 years in business. The main ballroom was already packed when Hop Along kicked off the night and things stayed that way.
Very few of last night's acts played what you'd call a normal set, instead opting for fun collaborations and covers. Waxahatchee brought out Superchunk's Mac McCaughan and The Clean's Hamish Kilgour to cover The Clean's "Getting Older." Kurt Vile, with Violators guitarist Rob Laasko, played two songs before bringing out Kim Gordon, former Violater Steve Gunn (who'd just played a great solo set in the Marlin Room) and Woods' Jarvis Taveniere for a cover of Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray."
Kurt Vile would later turn up at Woods' set in the Marlin Room to cover Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." Woods also had Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage out for two Neil Young covers" "Barstool Blues" and "Powderfinger." Parquet Courts' performance in the Marlin Room, meanwhile, basically had them as Lee Ranaldo's backing band, performing Sonic Youth's "Mote" and "Eric's Trip." (For those who already thought that Parquet Courts' Austin Brown looks like Thurston Moore, this underlined it.) That was the whole set. But cool. It was that kind of night.
Elsewhere at Webster Hall: Rainer Maria had Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves onstage for "Tinfoil" ("Rainer Maria are my favorite band", Meredith said to the crowd); Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles played solo to a sardine-packed Studio; and Perfect Pussy finished off the night with a typical crazed energy, and Meredith Graves writhing on the floor. They played a new song. Superchunk, meanwhile, just did what they always do: knocked out the hits with an energy most bands half their age can't muster. Tonight's sold-out Superchunk show at Baby's should be a treat.
Deer Tick can sell out Webster Hall on their own, but were added last minute to a show full of big names after it was already sold out, so that surely contributed to them closing out the main room to a less than full crowd, but it was a special treat for their fans that were there, and John McCauley and his seasoned band still gave it their all. Catch them again twice this month at Brooklyn Bowl.
As the night progressed there was overlap, and with navigating Webster Hall's stairs (fine going up, slower going down) and set times which weren't always adhered to so closely, meant missing some acts. (Sorry Porches, Frankie Cosmos, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz and Felice Brothers) But it was a fun, unique night even if don't know what the hell Ground Control Touring is. More pictures from the whole night (our photographers actually did catch everyone), plus some videos of those special collaborations/covers (with more on the way), below...
photo: Deer Tick at Forest Hills Stadium in 2014 (more by PSquared)
The Ground Control Touring 15th anniversary show at NYC's Webster Hall happens this Wednesday (12/2) with "short sets, collaborations, covers and surprises" from a very impressive lineup. That lineup now also includes Deer Tick, and other artists that were added since we last spoke are Screaming Females, Lee Ranaldo, Perfect Pussy and Woods.
Those additions join the initial lineup of Superchunk, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Steve Gunn, Parquet Courts, The Felice Brothers, Rainer Maria, Torres, Titus Andronicus, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz, Hop Along, Porches and Frankie Cosmos. (Conor Oberst dropped off.)
Also below is the flyer with set times...
photos by Kurt Christensen
Deer Tick / Felice Bros
Deer Tick and their pals The Felice Brothers celebrated Halloween weekend with two shows together. The first was the annual benefit for the Tommy Brull Foundation on 10/30 at Cannon's Blackthorn in Rockville Centre, NY (that Deer Tick has played before) where, in the spirit of the night, they were dressed as Blue Man Group (or Tobias from Arrested Development?). Then they played Halloween at New Haven, CT's College Street Music Hall, the venue that recently opened in the location of the historic Palace Theatre. Pictures of the former and Deer Tick's setlist from the latter are in this post.
More pictures below...
photo: Deer Tick at Brooklyn Bowl in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Deer Tick are once again celebrating New Year's Eve in Brooklyn at Brooklyn Bowl this year. Unlike last year, when they played 6 nights, they'll only do a mere two nights: December 30 and 31. Tickets for the 30th and the 31st go on sale Friday (10/23) at 10 AM.
Special guests are promised, and you may remember that last year's guests included Sharon Van Etten, Patrick Stickles, Tommy Stinson, Stevie Nicks and more. If you missed it, check out a video of Deer Tick playing "Rhiannon" with Stevie Nicks at last year's show, below.
They also celebrate another holiday, Halloween, in New Haven. That's part of a two-night run with The Felice Brothers which also includes Rockville Centre, NY on 10/30. All dates are listed below...
John McCauley & Vanessa Carlton @ City Winery - 9/8/15
Deer Tick singer John McCauley is in the midst of playing shows at various City Winery locations, having just played NYC's on Monday and Tuesday (9/7 - 9/8). Both of these were sold out and opened by Hop Along singer Frances Quinlan, who John may have first met in their respective Silent Barn days.
Hop Along started as Frances' solo project, so it was a treat to see her back in that mode now that the full band is frequently on tour. We were at the 2nd NYC show and Frances sounded great, and made song choices that differed a bit from what her band has been doing. She covered Jackson C Frank and Built to Spill, told a long joke, gave us two new songs, and of course played some Hop Along favorites too like set-closer "Happy To See Me." Hop Along's next full-band show in NYC is December 12 at Bowery Ballroom with Radiator Hospital and Des Ark.
John mixed up the set lists so much, that I wish I went to both shows. Check out pictures of both below. He played 20 mostly-Deer Tick songs each night, many off War Elephant, some new ones, and a Middle Brother song on night two too. With just John and his guitar in a somewhat intimate setting, it felt like an early Deer Tick show, but with John much more practiced, skilled and comfortable on stage. Frances was great and people were into her, but you could tell it was a Deer Tick crowd by the even louder (and much deserved) applause John was getting.
Vanessa Carlton never stopped making her own music, but her major label hit-making days are long behind her. She recently signed to indie label Dine Alone Records and will release her new album Liberman on October 23. From the sounds of early singles "Blue Pool" and "Willows" she hasn't changed up her style too much, but the production's certainly more subdued than her early hits. Listen below.
Vanessa also just announced a tour that includes two of her own City Winery NYC shows. All tour dates are listed below...
photo: Hop Along at Baby's in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Hop Along have been doing a lot of touring this year in support of their excellent new album, Painted Shut, and they'll continue to do so through late fall. The new dates include their largest headlining NYC show yet, Bowery Ballroom on December 12. Opening is the similarly great Radiator Hospital, plus Des Ark. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/14) at noon.
Hop Along singer Frances Quinlan will be in NYC sooner than that to open for Deer TIck singer John McCauley at City Winery. We already mentioned the September 7 show, which is now sold out, but a September 8 show was since added. Frances opens both. Tickets for 9/8 are on sale now.
All Hop Along dates are listed below...
Deer Tick frontman John McCauley is playing some solo shows this year around the band's tour schedule. While Deer Tick are playing Newport Folk Fest afterparties, Lockin' Festival and more, John's doing a series called "Four Nights at City Winery" where he'll play the Nashville, Chicago, NYC and Napa City Winery locations this summer.
The NYC date happens September 7. Tickets are on sale to VinoFile members now, and the general on-sale starts soon.
All dates are listed, with a video from Deer Tick's last album, below...
DOWNLOAD: Diamond Rugs - Voodoo Doll (MP3)
photo: Diamond Rugs at The Bell House in 2012 (more by Tracy Allison)
Diamond Rugs -- the supergroup featuring John McCauley & Robbie Cowell of Deer Tick, Ian Saint Pe formerly of Black Lips, T. Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos and Bryan Dufresne of Six Finger Satellite -- will release the followup to their 2012 debut LP, Cosmetics, on February 24 via Sycamore Records/Thirty Tigers/RED. The bar-rockin' first single "Voodoo Doll" can be downloaded above, and various pre-order bundles are available here. Artwork and tracklist below.
Diamond Rugs have also announced a tour in support of the new record with New Madrid, which hits NYC twice: first at Bowery Ballroom on March 27 and then again at Brooklyn Bowl on April 11. Tickets for Bowery go on sale at noon on Friday (1/16) with an AmEx presale starting at noon on Wednesday (1/14), and tix for B Bowl go on sale at 10 AM on Friday.
All dates are listed, with the album artwork and tracklist, below...
photo: The Felice Brothers @ T5 in 2013 (more by Robert Altman)
In addition to releasing their fifth studio album, Favorite Waitress, last summer and following it with a US tour this past fall, members of The Felice Brothers were just among the guests Deer Tick hosted for six nights at Brooklyn Bowl. Now they'll headline the 2015 edition of the annual "Shine A Light" benefit show which this year happens at Long Island's Cannon's Blackthorn on February 7.
Philadelphia's Strand of Oaks will also be on the bill, who just toured with Torres and whose last album Heal was listed on a bunch of 2014 year-end lists (including Torres'). Tickets for the "Shine A Light" show are on sale now.
Deer Tick played "Shine a Light" in 2013; Phosphorescent played last year. As always, "Shine A Light" is presented by The Tommy Brull Foundation, an organization that assists a wide variety of disabled people on Long Island.
The Felice Brothers and Strand of Oaks both have other tour dates coming up and all are listed, along with videos from each, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Sharon Van Etten / Patrick Stickles with Deer Tick @ Brooklyn Bowl 12/27/2014
Deer Tick just wrapped up their six-night 10th Anniversary celebration at Brooklyn Bowl that had them covering classic albums in full in addition to sets of their own material.
THE ALBUMS THEY PLAYEDI was there for the "War Elephant" night. Hearing Deer Tick perform the album that made me fall in love with them was perfection. At least two of the songs on that album they almost never play live which made it even more special.
12/26: NRBQ - Tiddlywinks / Deer Tick: War Elephant
12/27: Lou Reed - Transformer
12/28: The Beatles - Meet the Beatles
12/29: Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
12/30: Elvis Costello - My Aim is True
12/31 fan chosen Deer Tick Set
Another highlight of night one was finding out that happy NRBQ members were in the audience to see Tiddlywinks performed live because they heard about it and bought tickets. Marshall Crenshaw, who guested on about 5 of the NRBQ songs, has since said on his WFUV show that he thinks it was special to see a young crowd experiencing NRBQ's music. Also special was Jana Hunter of Lower Dens opening the show and then returning to the stage to cover Buddy Holly hit "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" with Deer Tick and Marshall Crenshaw who played Buddy Holly in the movie "La Bamba". They played that right before Deer Tick did "War Elephant" which was first released on Jana's label FEOW! Records (the Partisan Records release was a re-release). John thanked Jana for helping put Deer Tick on the map.
Each night featured a different opener and multiple special guests. Here's the final tally:
DEER TICK @ BROOKLYN BOWL -- OPENERS & GUESTS(Did we miss anyone?)
12/26: Jana Hunter, Marshall Crenshaw, Lux Deluxe, Skye Steele
12/27: Robert Ellis, Sharon Van Etten, Patrick Stickles (Titus Andronicus), Josh Rawson (Felice Brothers)
12/28: Joe Fletcher, Tommy Stinson (The Replacements), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), James Felice (Felice Brothers)
+ James Felice, Robert Ellis, Bryan Minto, Chris Marine, Taylor Goldsmith, Tommy Stinson & Joe Fletcher on "Goodnight, Irene."
12/29: The Districts, Vanessa Carlton, Robert Ellis, Alex Collier (The Weeks)
12/30: The Weeks, Smoota, Julian Veronesi (Titus Andronicus), Spencer Swain
12/31 T. Hardy Morris & The Hardknocks, Chris Paddock (emcee), Skye Steele, Stevie Nicks, Vanessa Carlton, John's mom
On night 2 (12/27), which is pictured in this post, Deer Tick performed Lou Reed's Transformer with Sharon Van Etten singing lead on "Perfect Day". Watch the video of that below. Ian Felice did "Walk on the Wild Side" and Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles came out for "I'm So Free." Deer Tick guitarist Ian Patrick O'Neil sang most of the lead on the rest of Transformer's songs. The full setlist is also below.
Opening the second night was Robert Ellis, who covered Billy Joel's "Movin' Out" and also joined Deer Tick on guitar during the Transformer set. Ellis then played with the band again the next two nights.
Rolling Stone was at the Beatles night:
With frontman John McCauley serving as John Lennon and guitarist Ian O'Neil taking the McCartney parts, the usually scrappy garage band opened the evening as a harmonizing three-piece pop outfit, running through overlooked Beatles gems like "It Won't Be Long" and "Till There Was You." There were plenty of pleasant surprises along the way, as when Goldsmith came out to sing lead on "Don't Bother Me" ("He's our George tonight," said McCauley), Felice added some unexpected accordion to "Little Child" and Stinson joined the band for a ragged take on "I Wanna Be Your Man."----
Vanessa Carlton, aka Mrs. John McCauley, performed twice during the run, despite being NINE MONTHS PREGNANT. One of those times was on backup vocals on New Year's Eve when the biggest special guest of all appeared to help Deer Tick play Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon". That guest of course was Stevie Nicks, a long time mentor to Vanessa, and the person who officiated her wedding to John.
More pictures, video and the setlist from Deer Tick's 12/27 show, below...
Photo: Stevie Nicks & Deer Tick at Brooklyn Bowl on NYE (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Deer Tick completed their 6-night run at Brooklyn Bowl leading up to New Year's Eve, which included a ton of guest appearances including Sharon Van Etten, Patrick Stickles, other members of Titus Andronicus, Jana Hunter, Marshall Crenshaw, The Felice Brothers, Dawes, and many more.
The most exciting appearance of all happened the night of New Year's Eve though, with Stevie Nicks joining the band to perform her classic "Rhiannon" from Fleetwood Mac's self-titled 1975 album. Watch a video of that below.
Also on stage for that song was Deer Tick frontman John McCauley's mom, and his 9 months pregnant (!) wife Vanessa Carlton who has toured and collaborated with Stevie before. Stevie also officiated John and Vanessa's wedding.
Meanwhile, Fleetwood Mac -- currently with their classic lineup of Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham -- are returning to the NYC-area soon on their 2015 tour which hits MSG on 1/22, Atlantic City on 1/24, Nassau Coliseum on 1/25 and Prudential Center on 2/8 (tickets). This may be your last chance to see them though. The Guardian points out that Lindsey Buckingham told PBS that their 2015 tour and the new album they have planned (their first since 2003) will be their "last act." Lindsey also spoke about his collaborations for the album with Christine McVie, who recently rejoined the band for the first time since 1998, calling them "the best songs we've co-written in years."
Watch the Stevie Nicks/Deer Tick video below...
As announced back in September, Deer Tick are celebrating their 10th anniversary six nights in a row at Brooklyn Bowl, starting tonight (12/26). During the first five nights, in addition to playing their own material, they'll be covering some of their favorite albums in full, and tickets are back on sale:
THE ALBUMS THEY'RE PLAYINGMore excitingly, at the 12/26 show they'll be performing their 2007 album War Elephant in full too! For the final (New Year's Eve) show, it will be an entirely fan-chosen setlist. The band promised "many friends, special guests, and great bands joining the party each night.", and openers and some of the guests have since been announced. They definitely delivered in that department
12/26: NRBQ - Tiddlywinks / Deer Tick: War Elephant (tix)
12/27: Lou Reed - Transformer (tix)
12/28: The Beatles - Meet the Beatles (tix)
12/29: Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (tix)
12/30: Elvis Costello - My Aim is True (tix)
12/31 fan chosen Deer Tick Set (tix)
ANNOUNCED OPENERS & GUESTSIf you can't be there, tonight's show (12/26) will also be streaming live on Yahoo. If you are there, pick up a poster, which is pictured above.
12/26: Jana Hunter, Marshall Crenshaw, LuxDeluxe (tix)
12/27: Robert Ellis, Sharon Van Etten, Patrick Stickles (tix)
12/28: Joe Fletcher, Taylor Goldsmith, Tommy Stinson, Felice Brothers (tix)
12/29: The Districts, ? (tix)
12/30: The Weeks, ? (tix)
12/31 T. Hardy Morris & The Hardknocks, ? (tix)
Rdio/YouTube streams of the albums they're covering, below...
Elvis Perkins at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
As discussed, Dr. Dog are releasing a live album and going on a tour which includes an eight-night run in NYC. Since we last spoke, openers for those shows were announced. Their schedule now looks like this:
01-09 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn NY w/ TwainTickets for all shows except 1/10 and 1/17 are still available.
01-10 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn NY w/ The Districts
01-11 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn NY w/ Elvis Perkins
01-12 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn NY w/ mewithoutYou
01-14 Bowery Ballroom New York NY w/ Roadkill Ghost Choir
01-15 Bowery Ballroom New York NY w/ mewithoutYou
01-16 Bowery Ballroom New York NY w/ Yellerkin
01-17 Bowery Ballroom New York NY w/ Field Mouse
Elvis Perkins is set to release a new album, I Aubade, on February 24 via his own MIR Records. He recently put out the album's first single, "Hogus Pogus," which falls on his softer folky side. You can stream that, with the album tracklist and artwork, below. The show with Dr. Dog is his only announced date at the moment but he plans to tour again in the spring.
mewithoutYou are also planning a new album for 2015. Most details on that are still TBA, but they recently put out a trailer for it called "Thy foes profanely rage" (album title?) which has a short clip of music and ends with "LP6 / MMXV." Stay tuned for more on that. After their two NYC shows with Dr. Dog, they open for them on several of their spring dates as well. All of those dates are listed below.
The show with The Districts is sold out too, but there's two more chances to catch them in NYC as well. They play the 12/29 show during Deer Tick's Brooklyn Bowl residency (tickets), and they've got a headlining tour kicking off at Bowery Ballroom on February 10 with Pine Barons (tickets). All of their dates are listed below too. They've also got a new album, A Flourish and a Spoil, due out February 10 via Fat Possum. You can stream a track from that below as well.
Jana Hunter at Free Press Summer Fest 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lower Dens singer and psych folk solo artist Jana Hunter has been pretty quiet since touring with Sharon Van Etten earlier this year, but she'll be capping off the year with two more shows in NYC. The first is one of the final Glasslands shows, happening Tuesday (12/9) with Christian Peslak (of Delicate Steve and Saint Rich) and special guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
She also plays the first night of Deer Tick's 6-night run at Brooklyn Bowl. That's Friday, December 26, the night Deer Tick plays NRBQ's Tiddlywinks and their own War Elephant in their entireties. Tickets for that show and most others in the Deer Tick residency are still available.
Those are Jana's only two announced shows at the moment. Watch a video of her below...
photos by P Squared Photography
The Replacements at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium - 9/19/14
The Replacements did like to mess around, but they've also written some of the best songs of this kind that have ever been recorded, and the Forest Hills show had them playing hit after hit, sounding tight as hell. ("They've never sounded this tight!" exclaimed an older fan sitting next to me who seemed like he had seen them plenty of times back when.) They played just about everything you wanted to hear too. Their three most classic albums, Let It Be, Tim and Pleased to Meet Me, were well represented. But if you're a fan of their earlier punk years, you got "Takin a Ride," "Take Me Down to the Hospital," "White and Lazy," "I'm In Trouble" and a handful of others. And if you're into the more polished latter albums, you got "I'll Be You," "Merry Go Round," "All Shook Down" and "Achin' To Be."Alternative rock legends The Replacements finally brought their reunion tour to NYC this past Friday (9/19) for a show at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens with well-matched openers The Hold Steady and Deer Tick. Above is an excerpt from our review, which you can read in full along with the setlist and videos, here. Now we've got a set of pictures of all three bands from the show.
by Andrew Sacher
The Replacements @ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium - 9/19/14 (via BV Instagram)
The Replacements have been playing shows again for the first time since 1991 for over a year now, but it wasn't until this Friday (9/19) at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens that their reunion tour finally hit NYC. The band -- original members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, plus guitarist Dave Minehan (The Neighborhoods) and drummer Josh Freese (The Vandals, Devo, Weezer) -- were supported by Deer Tick and The Hold Steady, both of whom are old pals, tourmates and huge Replacements fans. I missed Deer Tick's early set (6:30 PM), but there was a definite admiration for the headliners during The Hold Steady's set. Craig Finn told a story of being at a tennis court as a teenager and telling someone his favorite band were the Ramones (who are from Forest Hills), and the person responded, "If you like the Ramones, you should check out The Replacements." He then said how The Replacements went on to become his other favorite band, so now opening for them at a tennis stadium located where the Ramones are from felt full circle. Before he left the stage, he said, "I can't believe I'm saying this... THE REPLACEMENTS ARE UP NEXT!"
I never saw The Replacements during their initial run, and I really had no idea what to expect. So many of the stories I've heard are that they were equally or more likely to get drunk and play a bunch of sloppy covers than put on a tight set. Not to mention, not all of these reunion shows have gotten the best reviews. But I'm being totally honest when I say this was up there with the best rock shows I have ever seen. The Replacements did like to mess around, but they've also written some of the best songs of this kind that have ever been recorded, and the Forest Hills show had them playing hit after hit, sounding tight as hell. ("They've never sounded this tight!" exclaimed an older fan sitting next to me who seemed like he had seen them plenty of times back when.) They played just about everything you wanted to hear too. Their three most classic albums, Let It Be, Tim and Pleased to Meet Me, were well represented. But if you're a fan of their earlier punk years, you got "Takin a Ride," "Take Me Down to the Hospital," "White and Lazy," "I'm In Trouble" and a handful of others. And if you're into the more polished latter albums, you got "I'll Be You," "Merry Go Round," "All Shook Down" and "Achin' To Be."
They did get a few covers in, including about half of The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" for which Paul commented on being proud of themselves for learning that riff. And they definitely weren't taking themselves too seriously or anything. Tommy joked between songs, and even if the setlist was actually planned, he and Paul at least made some of the songs seem like they were picked on the spot. Everything got a great reaction from the crowd (and the huge venue was packed), but they went out with a bang, packing all the biggest anthems -- "Can't Hardly Wait," "Bastards of Young," "Alex Chilton," "Unsatisfied," college radio ode "Left of The Dial" -- in at the end of the set. If I had to pick a personal favorite moment, it would be hearing "Androgynous" which Paul sang with the same heartbreaking, voice-cracking sincerity he recorded it with thirty years ago. But hearing that huge crowd belt out "We are the sons of nooooooo one!" and "I'm in love! With that song!" even from my seats in the upper bowl were some of the most purely satisfying moments you could ask for at any rock show. Let alone one from a band who had been away for 22 years.
We'll have pictures from the whole night soon. UPDATE: Pictures are up. Meanwhile check out the full setlist and videos from the Forest Hills show below...
Deer Tick at one of their 2012 Brooklyn Bowl holiday shows (more by Tracy Allison)
How are you spending your week between Christmas and New Years? For Deer Tick, who have their 10th anniversary this year, they'll be celebrating at at Brooklyn Bowl for a special six-night run from December 26 - December 31. The first five nights, in addition to their own material, they'll be covering some of their favorite albums in full:
12/26: NRBQ - Tiddlywinks / Deer Tick: War Elephant (tix)More excitingly, at the 12/26 show they'll be performing their 2007 album War Elephant in full too! For the final (New Year's Eve) show, it will be an entirely fan-chosen setlist. The band are promising "many friends, special guests, and great bands joining the party each night." Tickets for these Brooklyn Bowl shows go on sale Friday (9/12) at noon with a presale beginning Wednesday (9/10) at noon.
12/27: Lou Reed - Transformer (tix)
12/28: The Beatles - Meet the Beatles (tix)
12/29: Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (tix)
12/30: Elvis Costello - My Aim is True (tix)
12/31 fan chosen Deer Tick Set (tix)
Congrats to Deer Tick on on 10 great years! We're glad to have spent most of that ride with them. Highlights include Deer Tick's opening set at our very first official SXSW showcase and their headlining set at our show at the same venue just one year later. War Elephant was their only album released both of those years, and I'm especially excited about that one being performed in full.
Deer Tick are no strangers to holiday shows at Brooklyn Bowl or performing lots of covers. Meanwhile, the band will open for The Replacements next week (9/19) at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens with The Hold Steady on the bill too. Tickets are still available (you can win them too). Updated tour dates, plus Rdio/YouTube streams of the albums they're covering, are below.
The Replacements @ Boston Calling (via Erich Roehre)
The Replacements' ongoing reunion tour hit Boston Calling yesterday (9/7) for a set filled with favorites like "Androgynous," "I Will Dare," "Can't Hardly Wait," "Bastards of Young," "Kiss Me On The Bus," "Color Me Impressed," "Takin a Ride," and more, plus a couple of the covers they've been doing (The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," Chuck Berry's "Maybellene") and an encore of "Alex Chilton." Full setlist and a video, below.
The tour finally makes its way to NYC on September 19 at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium with The Hold Steady and Deer Tick. Tickets to that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win, with the update list of dates, video and setlist from Boston, below...
Deer Tick / Haim / Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
The best performance of the day, however, came courtesy of Haim. This increasingly popular pop-rock trio, which sold out two nights at the Fillmore in San Francisco in April, was absolutely dynamite onstage, roaring through tunes from the 2013 debut "Days Are Gone." The three sisters -- Alana, Danielle and Este Haim -- exhibited far more musical muscle in the live arena than they have in the studio to date. Danielle Haim, in particular, was a marvel to behold, delivering some of the most passionate, mesmerizing guitar work of the festival. [San Jose Mercury News]Day 2 of Outside Lands in Golden Gate park featured plenty of heavyweights. There were sets from Tom Petty, Death Cab for Cutie, Haim, Local Natives, Deer Tick, Dum Dum Girls and many more. We've got pics from many of the awesome Saturday sets in this post. You can check out pics of Day 1 here.
Big Freedia & Valerie June in the Soundwave Tent
We were also set up in the Toyota Soundwave tent, where we invited a few artists to stop by for stripped down sets, Q&As and more, including Big Freedia, Valerie June (both pictured above), The Districts, Deer Tick and others. More pictures from the Soundwave tent, plus many more of day 2's regular sets, below...