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TV on The Radio at Roots Picnic 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
TVOTR

Tickets are still available for TV On The Radio's date with Radio City Music Hall on 4/13, and since we last spoke the band announce many more tour dates. They kick things off on 4/8 in Philly and all dates are listed below.

Those heading to Austin this month don't need to wait as long. Spin has announced their annual SXSW party (that Hole played last year) and the lineup includes TV on the Radio, The Kills, OMD, The Vaccines, OFF!, and the Smith Westerns on the main stage, with MNDR, Young the Giant, Dom, Electric Child, and 28 North holding down the indoor stage. Skrillex, Wolfgang Gartner, Designer Drugs, and Anika man the 1's and 2's. It happens 12:30 - 6PM at Stubb's on Friday, 3/18 (about a block away from the TBA BrooklynVegan party happening that day - stay tuned!)

OFF! probably wont be off too much during SXSW. The Keith Morris-led band, in addition to the Spin party, the Pitchfork #OFFLINE party, and an official showcase, are also playing other shows including the just-announced MWTX fest (formerly Mess With Texas)! The free show goes down on 3/19 at The East Side Drive Inn (where Pitchfork's #OFFLINE festival will be the two days prior) and will feature appearances from The Dead Milkmen, Odd Future, !!!, Surfer Blood, The Dodos, Deer Tick, and many others. The full lineup so far is below. (and there's also BrooklynVegan parties this day, but MWTX runs much later, so you can do both!) (stay tuned for more about that).

Off! hits the road with Trash Talk soon after SXSW, and play Santos Party House on 3/26 (tickets are still on sale).

This now makes three shows total for the Dead Milkmen who also have shows coming up in Brooklyn and Chicago.

All TVOTR tour dates, the MWTX lineup (thus far) and the flyer is below.

Continue reading "TVOTR playing SXSW & touring, Dead Milkmen playing MWTX"

DOWNLOAD: Middle Brother - Middle Brother (MP3)

Middle Brother over Corndawg (more by Tim Griffin)
Corndawg

As the "Middle Brother" release date of March 1st approaches, the band have released the title-track from their self-titled debut album. Grab the MP3 for the first time above, or listen to the song in the band's new iPhone app. Pre-order the album via Partisan Records.

Middle BrotherMiddle Brother (the band) is comprised of the unmistakable three voices of Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, John McCauley of Deer Tick, and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit, but in "Middle Brother" (the song) you'll also recognize the voice of Jonny Corndawg who also helped them write the tune.

Middle Brother kick off their first-ever tour on March 2nd in Washington DC. That's the tour that will include FULL SETS by Middle Brother AND Deer Tick AND Dawes on almost all March dates including on March 5th at Music Hall of Williamsburg and March 6th at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets to both of those shows are still on sale.

Jonny Corndawg (pictured above) will be on the tour and performing at all Middle Brother shows, though he'll only be playing full opening sets at the newly-added April California shows (list below). After California, Corndawg heads back to NYC in time to finish off another Brooklyn residency - last time it was at Union Pool, this time it's at Brooklyn Bowl (April 4, 11, 18 & 25).

Middle Brother's March run ends at SXSW in March. There the band play the previously-mentioned Ground Control Touring showcase at Auditorium Shores on March 19th, and they will play a BrooklynVegan day party one day earlier - March 18th & Swan Dive/Barabarella. BrooklynVegan (we) have teamed up with Partisan Records and Knitting Factory for a free, afternoon, 3-stage event. It will be Middle Brother's only day party, and Deer Tick are on the bill too. The rest of the lineup and more details TBA. Stay tuned.

Back to NYC for a second, this related show is also happening:

VIRGIN FOREST (4/5ths of phosphorescent)
IAN P. O'NEIL (deer tick)
VIO/MIRÉ
and DJ DAVID LETTERMAN
Sunday Feb 20th @ Legion Bar
790 Metropolitan Ave. At Humboldt Wburg, BK, $5 / 8pm
All tour dates, and a new Delta Spirit video, below...

Continue reading "new Middle Brother MP3 & updated tour dates, new Delta Spirit video, another Jonny Corndawg residency, SXSW & more"

Bonnaroo

Bonnaroo (June 9-12 in Manchester Tennessee) has announced the 2011 lineup (slightly early), and like the rumored Lollapalooza lineup, Eminem is among the headliners. Bonnaroo also has Grammy winners Arcade Fire and the Black Keys, in addition to Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, the Strokes, The Decemberists, Florence & the Machine, Girl Talk, Beirut (haven't seen them in a while), and many more. Full list below...

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John & Ian & barrels of wine
Deer Tick

After a rousing opening set by duo The Shivers, Deer Tick frontman John McCauley and Deer Tick guitarist Ian O'Neil (who also used to be in Titus Andronicus) took turns playing completely solo and with each other at their show at City Winery in NYC last night (1/19). In front of an over-packed house, they each used their voices and guitars as instruments, and sometimes John sat down at the piano. Speaking of sitting down, that's what most of the crowd was doing, at their tables where food, beer, and especially wine were flowing. Others were standing around the edges of the spacious venue because there weren't any seats left.

The setlist was heavy on Deer Tick classics that I was especially happy to hear stripped down, included brand new unrecorded songs (often the ones Ian sang), Middle Brother songs (including the song "Middle Brother" with assistance from special guest and audience member Jonny Corndawg who helped write the song), a Replacements cover, and a John Prine cover. They closed with a festive cover of Buddy Holly's "Oh Boy." The only dissapointment was that John had a piano at his disposal and he didn't use it to play "Christ Jesus."

The merch table had Jonny Corndawg-created Beavis & Butthead (John & Ian) airbrushed shirts for sale, and the venue was selling limited edition bottles of City Winery-made John McCauley 'petit shiraz' wine (pictures below).

One night earlier, as I hinted they might, both John and Ian showed up and played sets at the final night of Corndawg's Union Pool residency in Brooklyn.

Go catch John and Ian on tour with each other now, catch Corndawg out on tour with Dawes, and see Middle Brother when they tour with Deer Tick and Dawes in March (tickets are still on sale for both NYC shows). Everyone's dates are listed HERE.

More pictures and some videos from City Winery, and videos from Union Pool too, below...

Continue reading "John McCauley & Ian O'Neil (and Jonny Corndawg) played City Winery (and Union Pool) "

Middle Brother
Middle Brother

As you mostly already know, Middle Brother is a group consisting of the frontmen from Deer Tick, Delta Spirit and Dawes (and the drummer from Dawes). Jonny Corndawg, who has upcoming dates with Deer Tick and Dawes, also contributed to the new Middle Brother album. Middle Brother is going on a tour with Dawes and Deer Tick in March. That tour includes shows at Bowery Ballroom, MHOW and SXSW. Now all dates have been announced (and listed below), and tickets for the NYC (and other) shows go on sale at noon.

Jonny Corndawg, who has just one week left in his Union Pool residency, is running the Surf City USA Marathon in California soon after he gets done touring with Dawes (on Superbowl Sunday to be exact). At the risk of it seeming like a conflict of interest, I took Jonny up on an his offer to be one of his race sponsors. The money he raised from BrooklynVegan and six other sponsors helped him do what he needed to do... including making an outfit with all the sponsor logos on it which is the coolest part. I can't wait to see the picture from the race (hopefully with him holding a trophy). In the meantime we have the picture of Jonny sporting sweet blue shorts, which is with all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "updated Middle Brother dates + Corndawg running a marathon"

DOWNLOAD: Middle Brother - Me Me Me (MP3)

Middle Brother

As previously mentioned, Middle Brother is the alt-country supergroup consisting of Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, John McCauley of Deer Tick, and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit (each the frontman of their respective bands). As also mentioned, that group is releasing a self-titled album on March 1st. And now the first tour dates in support of that album have appeared.

Middle Brother AND Deer Tick AND Dawes (but not Delta Spirit even though Matt will be there as a member of Middle Brother) will each play a set at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 5th, Bowery Ballroom on March 6th, and Theatre of Living Arts in Philly on March 9th. All three shows go on sale Friday at noon (worth noting: Deer Tick, Dawes and Delta Spirit have all headlined their own shows at Webster Hall already).

Middle Brother will also play the Ground Control Touring SXSW showcase at Auditorium Shores in Austin on Saturday, March 19th with Bright Eyes, the Felice Brothers and Man Man. Stay tuned for more dates.

MEANWHILE, catch John McCauley on his solo tour with The Shivers that kicks off January 14th in Boston, and catch Middle Brother contributor Jonny Corndawg at one of his upcoming shows too. Some of those Corndawg dates are with Dawes this month. All Dawes dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "Middle Brother touring w/ Deer Tick & Dawes (select dates announced - NYC & SXSW included)"

DOWNLOAD: Middle Brother - Me Me Me (MP3)

Jonny Corndawg at a 2010 BV-CMJ Day Party (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Jonny Corndawg

Jonny Corndawg will kick off a Brooklyn residency at Union Pool tonight (1/4). Fellow Deer Tick collaborators Liz Isenberg and Bed Pigs open the show. Bed Pigs = Deer Tick's ex-guitar player Andy T (the guitar player before Ian from Titus Andronicus took over). Corndawg will also play the venue on the next two Tuesdays, bringing Pepi Ginsberg & Alana Amram on for support on 1/11, and Buffalo Stance & The Extraordinaires (who used to be Jonny's backing band) for Jan 18th. Each show will cost you $8 at the door (and free blue Mountain Dew to the first 10 paying customers in the door).

Jonny Corndawg celebrated the new year by posting a new track to his Bancdcamp page. The song "Down on The Bikini Line" is streaming below, but you can get a downloadable copy for the price of an email address.

Jonny Corndawg can also be found on the debut album by Middle Brother. You might remember them as MG&V...

"Middle Brother to release debut album in March.

Partisan Records is excited to announce that Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, John McCauley of Deer Tick, and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit have joined forces to make a very special record. The self-titled debut, recorded in January 2010 in Nashville, will be released on March 1, 2011.

Middle Brother played their first show at 2010's SXSW - a tiny, late-night, unannounced event under the moniker "MG&V." Other than recording the album and rehearsing once, they had never played the songs live. The audience (and the mob of onlookers crammed in the doorways and windows) was treated to an impossible-to-forget set by a band of musical comrades who seemed genuinely surprised by the fire that was ignited on stage. It was a rollicking and boisterous show that could have fallen apart at any moment and instead centrifuged into melodic and harmonic brilliance. What held it together was each member's sense of song and performance - a perfect, intuitive balance of craft and feel, equal parts playful and earnest."

Jonny Corndawg also played with MG&V aka Middle Brother at that SXSW show, or to be more specific, he performed "Middle Brother" with the band. It's a song he helped write which now shares a name with both the full album and the band. It's track #4 on the new album and you'll need to wait a while to hear it, but track #8, "Me Me Me", can be downloaded now for free above. Pre-order the album at Partisan. Check out the full tracklist below.

Middle Brother played their first show as "Middle Brother" on December 20th at The Troubadour in Hollywood. It was a holiday benefit with Cass McCombs, Mountain Man and Deer Tick also on the bill. They have no upcoming shows scheduled, but some will surely appear as the album release date gets closer.

Besides the Brooklyn shows, Corndawg will also hit York, PA before heading out to the West Coast for a string of dates. John and Ian from Deer Tick kick off their own solo tour later this month. Corndawg's full tour schedule, song stream and stuff, below...

Continue reading "Jonny Corndawg taking residency at Union Pool (dates), Middle Brother releasing 'Middle Brother' (MP3)"

DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Christmas All Summer Long (MP3)

Deer Tick Christmas

What better than a Deer Tick Christmas tune? How about two Deer Tick Christmas tunes? Grab "Christmas All Summer Long" from Deer Tick's new two track holiday EP "Holy Shit, It's Christmas!...", which is out digitally now, and get the whole EP for free with any Deer Tick purchase at PartisanRecords.com. There is no physical release at the moment, but they say anything's possible in the future.

The full set of dates of that previously-mentioned solo tour (City Winery included), which will actually be "Deer Tick's frontman, John McCauley, along with guitarist / vocalist Ian O'Neil [performing] songs from [The Black Dirt Sessions] in smaller rooms, as well as older Deer Tick songs, cover tunes and songs from McCauley's other project, Middle Brother (formerly MG&V)."Formerly MG&V? I missed that news until now.

Dates below...

Continue reading "a Deer Tick Christmas EP (MP3), updated John & Ian solo dates"

photos by Chris Gersbeck

Deer Tick
Deer Tick

Last night's Deer Tick show marks the 2nd time that a couple got engaged on stage at a Deer Tick show in Brooklyn. The first time it happened, it was frontman John McCauley who proposed to Nikki Darlin on stage in Prospect Park. This time, at Music Hall of Williamsburg, it was a fan. And she said yes! Pictures of the happy couple below.

Last night's show was also not the first time Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles joined Deer Tick, whose guitar player is ex-Titus member Ian O'Neil, on stage. This time it was for a cover of the Replacements' "Can't Hardly Wait".

Jason Anderson of K Records fame opened the show, which I thought was weird until I found out the connection. John McCauley has played drums for Jason, and they were both Tiger Saw collaborators! J Roddy Walston and the Business played 2nd, and all bands joined Deer Tick on the stage at the end of the show. Beer was spraying everywhere.

Things will probably be slightly less rowdy when John McCauley goes on a solo tour in 2011. Dates are TBA, but tickets are already on sale for a January 19th show at City Winery (not sure if he'll be playing any drums at this one).

More pictures from Music Hall of Williamsburg, below...

Continue reading "Deer Tick played MHOW, Patrick Stickles stopped by, people got engaged (pics) ++ John McCauley solo shows coming"

photos by Ryan Barkan

DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - By Piece, Frame By Frame (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jonny Corndawg - Night Rider (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Warm Ghost - Open the Wormhole In Your Heart (MP3)

Dawes @ Webster Hall
Dawes

Dawes are on a headlining tour in support of their well received debut North Hills. Vetiver and Peter Wolf Crier are currently both opening that tour, and both opened for the band in NYC at Webster Hall on Friday (11/12. Pictures from that show adorn this post.

If Dawes wasn't still on tour, I might expect frontman Taylor Goldsmith (the G in MG&V) to stop by the sold out Deer Tick show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn tonight. If you're not sure which one Taylor is in these Webster Hall pictures, just look for the person wearing the leather guitar strap that reads "Goldsmith" which was designed by my favorite non-vegan master leather worker and musician Jonny Corndawg, who is not opening for Deer Tick tonight (Jason Anderson strangely is though), but who just released a split 7" with the band...

"Since the inception of Partisan Records, the label has had the intention of creating a 7" series to showcase new and talented musicians. These may be artists who are beginning on the road to a long and fruitful career or artists who have remained on the radar but have never had the opportunity to have their music showcased to larger audiences in a physical format.

With that in mind, the label is pleased to announce the Partisan Records Co. 7" series. These will be vinyl-only releases on high quality vinyl which will be a showcase of new songs from these bands, or doing a split with current artists on the Partisan Records roster.

Officially, this is the second release in the series, with Deer Tick sharing the wax with long time tour companion Jonny Corndawg. A limited pressing of 1000, on two color variations of white and sky blue at 500 per color.

Deer Tick offers the fan-favorite ZZ Top cover "Cheap Sunglasses" while Corndawg gives fans a taste of his upcoming studio album with "Chevy Beretta" and "Nightrider". These will only be available on the bands respective tours and in the Partisan webstore.

Look for one at the merch table at Music Hall tonight, or at one of the other upcoming Tick shows (dates listed below). Grab one of the Corndawg songs now, above.

And speaking of Partisan Records, Deer Tick isn't their only artist playing in NYC tonight and tomorrow. Mountain Man opens for Jonsi at Hammerstein Ballroom tonight, and Partisan's latest signing (it was announced like today), Warm Ghost plays tomorrow/Thursday (11/11) at Glasslands with Grandchildren and a DJ set by The Antlers (Valleys and Foxes In Fiction were both also on the Glasslands bill, but had to cancel).

More pictures from Webster Hall (2 of the bands only), and all Dawes and Deer Tick and Warm Ghost (not to be confused with Glass Ghost) tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Dawes & Vetiver played Webster Hall (pics), Deer Tick & Jonny Corndawg released a split (MP3), Warm Ghost sign to Partisan"

DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - "Piece By Piece, Frame By Frame" (MP3)

Deer Tick @ Lollapalooza 2010 (more by Josh Darr)
Deer Tick

Deer Tick's just-announced tour that didn't have a NYC show, now has a NYC show, and it will be their next show after Philly, but seven days later. Tickets go on AmEx presale sale Wednesday at noon for the new gig happening November 10th at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Updated tour dates below...

Continue reading "Deer Tick adds Brooklyn show & other tour dates "

DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - "Piece By Piece, Frame By Frame" (MP3)

Jason Isbell at Bowery Ballroom (more by Fresh Bread)
Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, will team up with Langhorne Slim, Jesse Sykes and Phil Wandscher, and Mimicking Birds for a Paste-sponsored tour in middle November. Tickets are on sale now for the NYC show happening at Highline Ballroom on Wednesday, October 20th (the 2nd day of CMJ 2010).

All four bands also have tour dates outside of that fatal-four-way. Langhorne Slim has solo dates leading up to and after the tour. Jesse Sykes & Phil Wandscher will play with sunn/boris at ATP and Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Mimicking Birds has dates with Cloud Cult & The Tallest Man on Earth.

And Jason Isbell & 400 Unit have dates that intersect with a newly announced Deer Tick US tour that does not hit NYC sadly (it does end in Philly though, so something is sure to be announced) (and Deer Tick just headlined Webster Hall earlier this month).

Deer Tick's LP The Black Dirt Sessions is out now and features "Piece By Piece, Frame By Frame" available above. As previously mentioned, Mountain Man joined Deer Tick on stage at some of their recent gigs. Now there's video proof. That video with all dates for all bands mentioned, below...

Continue reading "Jason Isbell touring w/ Langhorne Slim & Mimicking Birds & Jesse Sykes ++ Deer Tick announced more dates too "

words and photos by Tracy Allison

John McCauley & Matt Vasquez @ Webster Hall
Matt Vasquez

Friday night (8/13) Deer Tick played a phenomenal show for a very enthusiastic audience at a very full Webster Hall. This show was their last before leaving for a month long European tour on September 9th. Prior to the performance, the band promoted the show on their twitter page with various tweets promising motorcyles, horses on nitrous, and crowd surfing babies. While none of those promises were kept, it certainly was not a show to be missed. One audience member commented on the performance, saying, "This was the best Deer Tick show I've ever seen. You could tell how excited they were to be here tonight."

While the show did not begin until 8 p.m., a small line had formed outside of Webster Hall before the doors opened at 6:30 p.m. and a few devoted fans claimed their spots directly in front of the stage as soon as the venue allowed them in. Opener Matt Vasquez (sans the rest of his band, Delta Spirit) took the stage at 8 p.m., expressing how happy he was to be performing and telling the audience he would gladly take song requests. Deer Tick frontman John McCauley joined Matt briefly for a song. By the end of his set, not only was the room fairly full, he was commanding it with just his voice and his guitar.

Around 9 p.m., after a quick introduction by a friend and the sounds of an air horn, the members of Deer Tick began appearing on stage. During their hour and forty-five minute set, lead singer John McCauley serenaded audience members and passed around a bottle of Jack Daniels. Vasquez joined Deer Tick briefly for one song. The band played songs from their three albums, War Elephant, Born on Flag Day, and The Black Dirt Sessions, as well as MG&V covers, a sax solo, and a handful of newer songs. Prior to starting their encore, McCauley grabbed a mysterious box that had been sitting on stage, handed it to the audience, and told them to pass it back. Moments later silly string was flying everywhere and by the time the rambunctious encore was over, the drum set was torn apart and various instruments were covering a good portion of the stage. Despite the state of the equipment, the audience began chanting "One more song! One more song!" to which Deer Tick obliged, returning to the stage as all the members took part in singing an a beautiful a cappella rendition of "Dirty Dishes"

Less than a month earlier, Deer Tick kicked off their North American tour with a sold out show at Maxwell's. More pictures from the tour-ending show at Webster Hall, and all upcoming dates, below...

Continue reading "Deer Tick played Webster Hall w/ Matt Vasquez (pics), touring Europe in September (dates) "

"BV interviewer Federico Rasperrini on the scene @ Lollapalooza" - brooklynvegan

Frederico Rasperrini & WAVVES @ Lollapalooza 2010
Frederico Rasperrini

Move over Best Coast and Freddie Gibbs at Pitchfork, Wavves and Frederico Rasperrini (pictured above) had a little smoke session of their own at Lollapalooza. For those that don't recognize intrepid BV reporter Frederico Rasperrini (pictured above in the white hat), it's true, he's none other than John McCauley of Deer Tick in disguise.

Deer Tick played the Chicago festival too last weekend, just like they'll play Webster Hall tonight (8/13) after a special opening set by Delta Spirit's Matt Vasquez. Tickets should be available at the door.

Wavves' next NYC show is at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets). Before and after that they're on a tour that also brings them to Madison Square Garden to open for Phoenix who also played Lollapalooza (while some guy was starting a fight with the police).

The Wavves/Frederico video footage does not involve any fighting or police (luckily), but there is some illicit behavior in the form of marijuana smoke being sucked out of a beer can, talk of HPV, and whatnot... That and more, below...

Continue reading "Frederico Rasperrini talked & smoked pot w/ Wavves @ Lollapalooza (video), Deer Tick in NYC tonight "

Dawes @ Lollapalooza 2010 (more by Josh Darr)
Dawes

"So it was back to the Sony Bloggie stage to catch a pair of Americana/roots-rock acts, Dawes and Deer Tick, a pair of bands I knew nothing about and, hell, that's what Lolla's about, right? Discovering new acts you might not have otherwise ever had to the chance to see. I knew nothing about either band but found both enjoyable and great compliments to the mid-afternoon sun and shade mix of the stage. Dawes had an amiably country-fried sound that fits somewhere between two other bands at the fest: they're rootsier than Blitzen Trapper while easing up on the honky-tonk of the Drive By Truckers. And if I'm not being clear enough, I mean that in a good way. Deer Tick followed with their own brand of roots/soul, lead singer John J. McCauley crooning "I can't hang around with you like this my friend/ Our time has come to an end" on "Baltimore Blues No. 1" and his gravelly voice lent an edge to recent single "20 Miles." Both bands provided a great respite from the larger crowds without slowing the momentum of the day. There was no lag in energy and I barreled on." [Chicagoist @ Lollpalooza 2010]
Peter Wolf Crier, who has already played Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg, now has two shows coming up at Webster Hall. The catch? They are/were the opener at all of them. On September 29th PWC will open the show for Rogue Wave and Midlake. On November 5th, PWC will open the show for Dawes and Vetiver. That November Webster Hall show is part of a new set of headlining dates for Dawes. Tickets for the NYC show go on AmEx presale at noon, and general sale Friday at noon.

PWC, after touring with Midlake and Rogue Wave, opens most of the new Dawes dates before being replaced by The Moondoggies whose new album "Tidelands" will be released by Hardly Art/Sub Pop on October 12th...

The album's title was chosen by Moondoggies songwriter/frontman Kevin Murphy (vocals, guitar) as a nod to his old stomping grounds in Ketchikan, AK where he used to go to escape from civilization. Listening to the songs, the subtle, recurring themes of water throughout the album underscore that the songs are crafted to provide solace, sense and cause for celebration in a world fraught with turmoil.
"What the water represents can be taken many different ways," says Murphy. "Many of the lyrics came to me while trying to be constructive in how I dealt with feeling depressed, rather than just getting wrapped up in my own head."
All dates also have a third opener, and those duties are split by The Romany Rye (who recently played Bowery Ballroom and MHOW with Delta Spirit) and Vetiver. All dates below...

Continue reading "Dawes touring w/ Peter Wolf Crier, Vetiver, Moondogies & the Romany Rye (2010 dates) "

most of the photos by Josh Darr

The Strokes
The Strokes

Lady Gaga & Semi Precious Weapons (pic via Krista Davis)
Lollapalooza

Phoenix
Phoenix

"Lollapalooza wheeled out some big headliners in its sixth year on the Chicago lakefront, as a record 240,000 people poured into Grant Park over three days to see 130 performers, including Lady Gaga, Green Day and reunited grunge-era icons Soundgarden.

Size matters at Lollapalooza, as the festival expanded its reach westward by shutting down Columbus Avenue and spreading eight stages across 110 acres, up from 80 acres in previous years. Columbus Avenue was converted into a giant sidewalk lined with portable toilets, a simple but effective improvement that allowed fans to avoid the dreaded Buckingham Fountain bottleneck that had turned previous festivals into human traffic jams. The festival topped its previous three-day record of 225,000, reached the last two years.

Still, there was little room during some performances at the northernmost stages on Butler Field, where fans jostled shoulder-to-shoulder for space to see performances by Metric, Phoenix and Arcade Fire. Note to Austin, Texas-based promoters C3 Presents: How about widening the southern entrance to Butler Field or moving one of the stages onto Columbus Drive to relieve what is becoming an annual problem? It's only going to get worse if the festival approaches its new capacity of 95,000 a day in future years." [Chicago Tribune]

The 2010 edition of Lollapalooza went down in Chicago on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A set of pictures from the first two of those days, continue below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2010 -- Day 1 & 2 in pics "

words & photos by Tracy Allison

Deer Tick

Last night (7/19) Jonny Corndawg, These United States, and Deer Tick played a sold out show at Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey (the first date of many for Deer Tick on a month-long summer tour). The crowd packed into the approximately 200-person venue was treated to three hours of lively and enthusiastic performances.

The evening began around 9 p.m. with a set from Jonny Corndawg. Like they did recently on a boat, the members of Deer Tick (including newest member, Rob Crowell) played backup for Corndawg who jumped and danced around the stage throughout his 30 minute set that included songs like "Shaved Like A Razor", "Family Tree", and "Shut up".

Not long after Corndawg left the stage, These United States appeared and played a phenomenal set consisting mostly of songs from their new album What Lasts, which drops today. Lead singer Jesse Elliott hopped off the stage twice to dance amongst the crowd, and took a moment to express the band's gratitude for having the opportunity to play with Deer Tick. This was the last show These United States will be playing on the East Coast until their return to Mercury Lounge on August 28th.

Deer Tick took the stage once again at 10 p.m. and played a 2 hour, 16 song set made up of songs from their three albums War Elephant, Born on Flag Day, and The Black Dirt Sessions. Additionally, they played covers of the MG&V songs "Me, Me, Me", and "Middle Brother". Corndawg joined in on the latter (which he co-wrote). Guitarist Ian O'Neil took over lead vocals for the songs "Hope is Big" and "Maybellene", a Chuck Berry cover which has become a staple in the band's recent performances. Towards the end of the show, audience members began shouting out requests for Chris Ryan to play bass solo. While he opted out of the spotlight, drummer Dennis Ryan (joined by Robby Cosenza of These United States) gladly jumped to the front of the stage, and, with three microphones in hand, sang a very passionate rendition of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On". One witness to the event said, "It was the best cover of any song, ever."

Deer Tick will play Webster Hall on August 13th with help from Delta Spirit's Matt Vasquez. More pictures from Maxwell's below...

Continue reading "Deer Tick, These United States & Jonny Corndawg played Maxwell's (pics)"

photos by Joshua Ballinger

Delta Spirit @ Bowery Ballroom
Delta Spirit

"Matthew Vasquez' powerful voice and lyrics once again emerged as the driving forces behind the band's second soulful album, History from Below (released June 2010), and at the band's second consecutive live performance in NYC. Formed in 2005 in San Diego, CA, the band has the perfect structure of a classic American rock band, with heavy soul and folk influences enhanced by the use of unusual instruments (trash can lids) and guest appearances by friends toting French horns. They were not short of special friends and a tremendously layered, collaborative wall of sound on the night of this performance, and yet- managed to maintain a strong smattering of classic, pop hooks to please a crowd that clearly came to enjoy one another's company as well as their time with the band.

Delta Spirit are one of the most truly special, heart-swelling rock acts you can catch, leading an experience definitely meant to be shared, and are at the helm of a renaissance of real American music." [shortandsweetnyc]

Delta Spirit are still on the tour that brought them through NYC for two sold out and high energy nights (June 30th @ Bowery, July 1st @ MHOW). The above review is from MHOW. The pictures are from, and the show I was at was, Bowery Ballroom. As tweeted, the set ended with the entire room and dancing, and confetti.

Delta Spirit's tour ends in their home state on July 24th and then the band is on break until September when they head to Europe for some shows. Frontman Matt Vasquez will use part of that time off to come back to NYC for another show. You can catch him solo when he opens for Deer Tick at Webster Hall on August 13th. And the fact that Matt and Deer Tick frontman John McCauley are almost certain to collaborate on stage makes this one a show not to miss (and one to not miss the opener). Tickets are still on sale.

Meanwhile, Deer Tick kick off their summer tour on July 17th in their home state, and can be caught at Maxwell's in Hoboken two days later, on July 19th, with These United States and Jonny Corndawg (sold out!).

All dates, more pictures of DS @ Bowery Ballroom, the Webster Hall poster, and a bunch of videos, below...

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NKOTB

tonight in NYC
* Cage @ BB King's
* Gwar @ Starland Ballroom
* Band of Horses @ Grand Central
* Elysian Fields @ Joe's Pub
* Solange (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Sylvie Courvoisier @ The Stone
* Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek @ Apple SoHo
* Negative Approach & DOA @ Asbury Lanes
* Melvins, Isis, Totimoshi @ Webster Hall
* Kurt Vile, Mad Scene, Meg Baird @ Union Pool
* Aliens, Vaz, Weasel Walte @ Bowery Electric
* New Kids on the Block @ Radio City Music Hall
* Rooftop Films w/ Oh You Devil @ Open Road Rooftop
* Born Ruffians, Young Rival, Caveman @ The Bell House
* Dub Inc., Meta and the Cornerstones, DJ Sirak @ 92YTribeca
* Danzig, Gorgeous Frankenstein, Seventh Void @ Nokia Theatre
* Vic Ruggiero, The Hard Times, The Heavy Beat @ Death By Audio
* Judson Claiborne, Peter Wolf Crier, Pacific Theater @ Union Hall
* The Goodnight Loving, Ex Humans, Bass Drum of Death @ Bruar Falls
* Lee Fields & The Expressions, The Black Dynamite Orchestra @ Southpaw
* Bad Credit No Credit, MINKS, Not Blood Paint, Pass Kontrol @ The Cameo
* The Ponys, Disappears, Woven Bones, The Forgery Series @ Mercury Lounge
* Missoula Oblongata, US Girls, Pygmy Shrews, CCR Headcleaner @ Silent Barn
* Great Lakes, The Poison Control Center, Folklore, Marisa Bergquis @ Pianos
* Damien Jurado, Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground, The Loom @ Littlefield
* Anthony Braxton birthday fest w/ Anthony Braxton 12+1tet @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Ducktails, Wild Nothing, Velvet Davenport, Woodsman @ Monster Island Basement
* Suckers, Class Actress, Sean Bones, Cameron Hull @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Annuals, The Most Serene Republic, What Laura Says @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Pissed Jeans, Home Blitz, Bloody Gears @ Cake Shop
* Marnie Stern, White Hinterland, Anni Rossi, Translations, True Womanhood @ Glasslands
* Celebrate Brooklyn w/ JG Thirlwell's Steroid Maximus, Dr. Lonnie Smith @ Prospect Park Bandshell

Read This Week in Indie.

Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek perform at Apple SoHo at 7pm.

Saturday is the Mermaid Parade.

Sunday is Punk Island on Governors Island where the Morning Benders and Freelance Whales play a free show Saturday night.

Big night of shows for Jersey. DOA & Negative Approach in Asbury Park (where Langhorne Slim is also playing), Gwar at Starland Ballroom, and NJ representatives Glenn Danzig and Doyle are at Nokia Theatre.

Lee Fields tonight too!

NXNE continues in Toronto.

Broken Bells played Kimmel. Videos below...

Deer Tick played Letterman. Video below...

The Gaslight Anthem played Fallon. Video below....

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Friday?"

The National @ High Violet Annex in May (more by David Andrako)
The National

tonight in NYC
* N.E.R.D. @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Tim Berne's Los Totopos @ The Stone
* Tony Allen @ Stuyvesant Town Oval
* Mark Helias & William Parker @ The Stone
* Flosstradamus @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* The Heavy, Mount Carmel @ Bowery Ballroom
* Big Daddy Kane & DJ Jon Quick @ Von King Park
* Blitzen Trapper, The Moondoggies @ Webster Hall
* The National, The Antlers @ Radio City Music Hall
* Carole King, James Taylor @ Madison Square Garden
* J.A.C.K., Wizardry, Infernal Devices, Schocholautte, Libel @ Glasslands
* First Aid Kit, Samantha Crain, Peter * Wolf Crier, Diamond Doves @ Mercury Lounge
* Mincemeat Or Tenspeed, Dan Friel, White Suns, Neros Day At Disneyland @ DeathByAudio
* Marissa Nadler, Nature Boy, Monogold, Villagers, Rey Villalobos, DJ Victoria Bergsman @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn

Tony Allen also plays the BAM MetroTech Commons series tomorrow at noon.

The National headline Radio City tonight, and they recently added a show at Terminal 5.

This afternoon's Seaport show was cancelled.

Dan Deacon played a Summerstage show in Red Hook last night.

Deer Tick is on Letterman tonight! "Fog Light Presents" really filmed them playing in a McDonalds parking lot. That video below...

The musical highlight of the recent not-Pete Doherty show at Milk Studios was BP Fallon and band performing "Fame #9 / I Believe in Elvis Presley" (with Lenny Kaye on guitar and Sean Lennon on drums). Joly filmed it. Video below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday?"

words & photos by Tracy Allison

DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Sun Street (Katrina & the Waves cover) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - 20 Miles (MP3)

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Last night (6/7), Deer Tick played a private show on the Rocks Off Concert Cruise boat The Jewel in celebration of their friend's birthday. Around 7 p.m., a line wrapped around the pier on 23rd street and FDR while approximately 200 close friends slowly began to board the boat for the surprise party.

The evening began with the members of Deer Tick playing backup for singer-songwriter Jonny Corndawg, who engaged the entire audience to the point in which everyone in sight began shouting along to the music and providing backup vocals for his song "Shut Up".

Around 9 p.m., Deer Tick took the stage- a very dimly lit area that took up the entire bow of the lower half of the boat. The theme for the night (aside from sailor hats and lei necklaces) seemed to be getting iced: John McCauley, sporting a gold tooth and straw hat, took a knee three times during Deer Tick's set to chug a Smirnoff Ice. McCauley began the set by singing the words, "I've got a cock that's hard as a rock/Every time I see my Johnny", a special song he wrote for the birthday boy.

"Let's do something stupid and maybe tomorrow we'll remember it." McCauley said before setting down his beer and beginning to play "Easy". Throughout the course of the 90 minute set, Deer Tick played songs from their previous two albums War Elephant and Born on Flag Day, as well as cover songs such as Lightnin' Hopkins' "Bring Me By Shotgun" and Tom Petty's "Breakdown" which provided a segway into a beautifully violent version of "These Old Shoes."

McCauley then stated, "We're going to do a cover song. Maybe you guys have heard of it..." and began to sing "Happy Birthday", which was followed by the birthday boy getting iced and the entire band shotgunning beers.

Towards the middle of the set, the noise began to mellow out with a slowed down rendition of "Diamond Rings 2007" with the lyrics changed to, "What good would fingers be/If it weren't for onion rings/Now I know you're leaving me/So I'm going to Burger King." However, things quickly began to pick up again, Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus joined the band for a song, and the audience went wild dancing and cheering as Deer Tick finished up their set with the appropriately chaotic "La Bamba".

The Jewel returned to the dock at 11 p.m., with no one completely content returning to land after such an amazing night on the East River.

Deer Tick's new album The Black Dirt Sessions is out TODAY (6/8). A track from that album is on the top of this post (Amazon is giving away the same song too) along with the track Deer Tick did for our Katrina and the Waves cover EP. They kick off a tour with shows at Maxwell's and Webster Hall this July. More pictures from the boat below...

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DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Sun Street (Katrina & the Waves cover) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - 20 Miles (MP3)

Deer Tick @ Terminal 5 earlier this month (more by Tracy Allison)
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Katrina and the Waves

"When the Soft Boys split up, Kimberley Rew was bursting with new songs, and ready to get into the studio. It was amazing how many great pop tracks he had written while being in the Soft Boys. We went into The Church studios in London with the band and laid down and mixed about 10 tracks in 2 days. All of them were great. Brown Eyed Son, came out as a single, but much as the Soft Boys were "a band out of time", in that Underwater Moonlight came out in the heat of the London punk scene, radio and press were focused on other things, and the single went largely un-noticed. Kimberley was undeterred, and with endless energy from Alex, Katrina, and Vince [aka Katrina and the Waves] behind him, the band powered on, continued writing, gigging, and refining their art, and finally broke through with the massive worldwide hit "Walking On Sunshine". - Richard Bishop
As announced on Friday, BrooklynVegan put together a Katrina and the Waves tribute EP on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of "Walking on Sunshine", part of a larger celebration orchestrated by the band and Primary Wave Music.

I chose the Katrina and the Waves songs and asked artists I like to cover them. You hopefully already heard/downloaded Sam Amidon's rendition of "Walking on Sunshine" (track #1 on the EP). Now check out Deer Tick's "Sun Street" (track #2), for free, above!

Stay tuned for more this week, and listen to NPR's All Things Considered today, 5/24, at 4:00pm EST to hear a feature the public radio station is doing on "Walking on Sunshine". UPDATE: HERE IT IS ONLINE (and to go to NPR's website now to stream the new Ratatat album).

Deer Tick's new album, The Black Dirt Sessions, will be released on June 8th by Partisan Records (the song "20 Miles" from that album is the other free download above). To support that new album, the band will head out on a summer tour that kicks off (not counting a June 18th show in Richmond) on July 17th in Providence, stops at Maxwell's in Hoboken on July 19th (tickets on sale), and ends at Webster Hall in NYC on Friday, August 13th. Tickets to the NYC show go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then general sale starts Friday at the same time.

If you catch Deer Tick this tour, request "Sun Street". A stream of the original "Sun Street" (as recorded by KATW), all Deer Tick dates, and some videos from the recent Terminal 5 show they played with Dr Dog, below...

Continue reading "Deer Tick is track #2 on the BV KATW EP (free MP3), announce summer tour dates (Maxwell's, Webster Hall & more)"

My Morning Jacket

As previously mentioned, My Morning Jacket landed some opening slots on the current Tom Petty tour including August 24th in NJ (though not MSG). Tickets for the tour are currently on sale (some with no service fee).

My Morning Jacket now has new dates that include Canandaigua, NY (outside Rochester) on August 28th (tickets on sale Friday at noon) and Philly on August 29th. On those headlining dates "the guys will be donating $1 from each ticket to a local charity." All dates and the list of charities are below.

Before those, Jim James will be a part of the Appalachain Voices tour with Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore in July. That includes a July 30th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are on sale Friday.

You can also catch Yim Yames on May 26th performing with John Prine on Letterman. MMJ is among those who contributed to a new Prine tribute album entitled Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Gayngs, Deer Tick, Josh Ritter, Conor Oberst, Drive By Truckers, Those Darlins and others have tracks on the CD too.

The full tribute tracklist, a video of J Vernon covering Prine at the Haiti benefit @ MHOW, and all MMJ tour dates, below...

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by Tracy Allison

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Saturday night at Terminal 5, Dr. Dog played the 9th the NYC show of their 2010 tour, and the final show before they leave for Europe next week. Their enthusiasm was matched by their equally excited fans who seemed to applaud louder and louder with each finishing song.

Deer Tick took the stage around 9:15. Dressed in full drag, including black eye shadow and red lipstick on lead singer John Mccauley. They were greeted by a roaring audience, with Mccauley mentioning that it was the band's 47th day on the road, and their last show before returning home to Rhode Island. They opened their set with "Easy", the first single from last year's release, Born on Flag Day. Following "Easy", Mccauley announced, "This next song is one I wrote when I was just 18 years old." and proceeded to play "Baltimore Blues No. 1" as the audience cheered excitedly, recognizing the song by the time Mccauley had played the first few chords. Borrowing songs from older albums, new ones from their upcoming album (which will be released on June 8th), and even covering a Buckcherry Chuck Berry song, Deer Tick played for a little over half an hour. One fan described the performance, stating "[John Mccauley's] grimey voice has grown in harmony." As a final hurrah during their set, Mccauley planted a sloppy kiss on the lips of lead guitarist Ian O'Neil, formerly of Titus Andronicus.

Dr. Dog
Dr. Dog

By 10 p.m. the massive venue was packed wall to wall with fans. Around 10:15, the members of Dr. Dog slowly appeared on stage while audience members screamed and threw their hands in the air. Following their third song, the hundreds and hundreds of people in the audience all began chanting the band's name. Halfway through the set, Toby Leaman took a cue from Deer Tick's performance and donned a long dress-like, red cloak, saying, "I feel human for the first time." The band finished their set at 11:35. Five minutes later, they returned for a 15 minute encore during which one guy got on stage with a bouquet of roses and proposed to his girlfriend. By 12 a.m. the show was over and fans began pouring out of Terminal 5, happily commenting on the night's fantastic performances.

Both setlists and more pictures from the show below...

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