Entries tagged with: John McCauley
Happiness is the new-ish band (formed in fall of 2013) of Deer Tick members Ian O'Neil, Chris Ryan and Dennis Ryan with Rafay Rashid, singer of fellow Providence band, Ravi Shavi. They recently put out a three song EP which you can stream below.
Happiness will be in NYC for two shows this week, including a headlining gig at Brooklyn's Cameo tonight (6/5) with Virgin Forest (Phosphorescent's backing band) and Heaven's Jail Band, and then opening for Diamond Rugs side project Los Lobos at Highline Ballroom on Saturday (6/7). Tickets for the Cameo show and the Highline show are on sale now.
In related news, folk singer Jonah Tolchin is releasing a new album, Clover Lane, on July 1 via Yep Roc (his first for the label), which features Deer Tick's John McCauley, Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, Chris Scruggs (grandson of Earl), Mickey Raphael (of Willie Nelson's band), and more. He's also got a tour coming up, which hits NYC on June 29 at Rockwood Music Hall with Christopher Paul Stelling (tickets), July 9 at City Winery with Tom Paxton (sold out), and July 11 at The Bell House with Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin (tickets). That Bell House show is one of many dates Jonah is playing with The Alvin Brothers (both of The Blasters), who just put out Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy on Yep Roc this week. You can stream that in full (via The New Yorker) and a track from Jonah's upcoming LP, with the full list of tour dates, below.
After the Rock and Rall Hall of Fame induction at Barclays Center, "Nirvana" headed over to Saint Vitus for another show.
Actually it's happening right this second (2:30am Thursday night). Follow @BrooklynVegan on Twitter for more. UPDATE: 4am: It's over.
Joan Jett, J. Mascis, Annie Clark aka St. Vincent, John McCauley of Deer Tick (and Deervana when Deer Tick is a Nirvana cover band), and Kim Gordon fronted Nirvana (aka Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear) at the gig.
More photos, video setlist from the surprise Greenpoint gig, below...
Phosphorescent at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
As mentioned, Newport Folk Festival is returning this year to Fort Adams State Park from July 26 to 28, and since we last spoke, the lineup has been revealed. This year's fest includes Beck, The Avett Brothers, Feist, Jim James, Colin Meloy, Andrew Bird, The Mountain Goats (who just announced a tour), Father John Misty, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Dawn McCarthy, Justin Townes Earle, Felice Brothers, Jason Isbell, Amanda Palmer, Phosphorescent, Beth Orton, John McCauley, Michael Kiwanuka, Lord Huron, Frank Turner, Black Prairie, Langhorne Slim, TIft Merritt, Spirit Family Reunion, Blake Mills, Houndmouth, Cold Specks, and others, plus more TBA.
Speaking of the Rough Trade-signed, Lumineers-like Houndmouth, you have two chances to catch them in NYC this week before they become as big as the Lumineers. They're at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (4/10) and Rockwood Music Hall on Thursday (4/11).
Full initial Newport Fest lineup below...
photos by Tracy Allison
Justin Townes Earle @ PACE University, 10/26/2012
The day before "John McCauley and Friends" took over Carnegie's Zankel Hall on 10/27, the Deer Tick frontman joined headliner Justin Townes Earle and Joe Pug as part of a two-day tribute to the legendary Woody Guthrie (part of the year-long Woody 100 celebration). Pictures from the first night (10/26) which took place at PACE University's Michael Shimmel Center for the Arts, are below.
Justin Townes Earle recently added new tour dates including an appearance at the Stagecoach Festival in Coachella Valley on April 27, 2013, and in addition to previously announced dates at in Port Chester, NY at The Capitol Theatre on 11/10 with Tift Merritt (tickets) and in Westhampton, NY at Westhampton Performing Arts Center on 11/11 (tickets).
More pictures from Pace University are below.
photos by Chris La Putt
John McCauley w/ Diamond Rugs @ Zankel Hall 10/27/2012
It was an evening with "John McCauley and Friends" on Saturday (10/27), the kickoff event to WFUV's 2012/2013 Live at Zankel Hall series that takes place in the downstairs listening room of Carnegie Hall. As the show's title implies, the night was hosted by the Deer Tick / Diamond Rugs frontman who brought out a variety of guests (Jason Isbell, Mark Sultan, Langhorne Slim, comedian Adam Cayton-Holland) for short sets, including ones from both of McCauley's bands, culminating in a group jam. Pictures from the show -- including a few from backstage -- are in this post.
The remaining shows in WFUV's Live at Zankel Hall series are: Lisa Marie Presley on November 17 (tickets); Loudon Wainwright III on January 26, 2013 (tickets); and The Flatlanders on April 13, 2013 (tickets).
Deer Tick will next play in the general NYC area on December 27 opening for My Morning Jacket at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester and tickets are still available. Diamond Rugs have a few shows coming up as well, though none in the NYC area, and all dates for both bands are below along with more pics from Saturday night's show.
Mark Sultan will also play NYC again on December 7 at Union Pool with Ex Humans and Pampers. Ticket info for that show is TBA.
More pictures from the evening, including a few backstage, are below.
Deer Tick @ Red Hook Park, 6/21/2012 (more by Tracy Allison)
The previously discussed John McCauley & Friends show at Carnegie Hall on October 27 has expanded considerably, with McCauley roping in both his Deer Tick and Diamond Rugs projects while enlisting Jason Isbell, Mark Sultan (BBQ), and Langhorne Slim into the fold. Tickets are still available. The show goes down the day before McCauley teams with Justin Townes Earle as part of a Woodie Guthrie celebration at Pace University.
In other McCauley news, road trippers can look forward to catching Deer Tick outside of the five boroughs for New Year's Eve this year. Look for the band to bless The Sinclair in Boston, MA on New Year's Eve (12/31) as part of a two day stint in New England. All Deer Tick dates are below.
Diamond Rugs recently released a NSFW video for "Blue Mountains" from their self titled debut. Check out that video alongside all tour dates, including a free Sailor Jerry-presented NC show, below.
John McCauley w/ Deer Tick at Red Hook Park in June (more by Tracy Allison)
Carnegie Hall and WFUV have partnered to present WFUV Live, a concert series part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall. The first of these happens on October 27 with John McCauley of Deer Tick and friends, who will be performing with special TBA guests, playing songs of Deer Tick and his other projects. Then on January 26, 2013, the series continues with Loudon Wainright III.
John McCauley will also be in NYC on one day earlier (10/26) for the previously discussed Woody Guthrie celebration at PACE University's Michael Shimmel Center for the Arts with Justin Townes Earle. Tickets for that show are still available.
All John McCauley/Deer Tick dates are listed below.
Two special evenings with the exceptional singer and songwriter Justin Townes Earle will include Justin's original songs in the context of the continuing legacy of Woody Guthrie in his centennial celebration year. For an artist whose list of influences runs the gamut from Randy Newman to Woody Guthrie to Bruce Springsteen, categories are useless. Justin, son of a great American troubadour Steve Earle, won the coveted "Song of the Year" award at the Americana Music Awards in 2011, and his latest cd "Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now" has garnered critical acclaim. These two exceptional nights will feature special guests invited by Justin including John McCauley of Deer Tick, The Low Anthem, and Joe Pug.While Woody Guthrie's actual birthday has passed, the Woody 100 festivities continue throughout the year, and here's another one which happens at PACE University's Michael Shimmel Center for the Arts on October 26 and 27. Guests The Low Anthem will appear both nights with Justin Townes Earle, but John McCauley will only play the first night. Tickets to the October 26 show (with McCauley), and tickets to the October 27 show (without McCauley) are on sale now.
In addition to these Woody shows, JTE is on tour and all dates are listed below.
photos by Chris La Putt
Alambama Shakes @ Central Park Summerstage
Alabama Shakes, who opened for Jack White at Roseland in May and have since played Bonnaroo, headlined a "sold out" free show at Central Park Summerstage in NYC this afternoon, Sunday, June 24th. Did you make it in. If not, did you listen from outside? Here are some pictures from the show.
Already packed when opener Robert Ellis went on around 3pm, the show also included a pre-shakes set by Diamond Rugs who headlined their own show (their first-ever in NYC) at the Bell House in Brooklyn on Friday night (and who play Letterman on Monday). As you may know by now, Diamond Rugs features members of Deer Tick, Dead Confederate, and Steve Berlin from Los Lobos.
UPDATE: Okkervil River added!
DOWNLOAD: Fat Tony - Wife Plot (MP3)
pictured: Diamond Rugs, Action Bronson & eXquire
As you know, BrooklynVegan is taking over ALL THREE STAGES at connecting Austin venues Hotel Vegas & Volstead for FOUR DAYS STRAIGHT this week, and it's all 100% FREE (no RSVP or badges either). There's a big outdoor stage, and smaller stages inside Hotel Vegas & Volstead. Collectively we're calling the four day long party "Hotel Vegan" (located at 1500 E. 6th St, Austin, TX).
Stage 1 (Hotel Vegas Outside)For the 2nd year in a row, we've partnered up with our friends at Partisan Records and KF Records, and now the new Young One Records, to bring you a free Saturday blowout on three stages. This year we have an amazing lineup of 22 artists that includes a full stage of nothing but hip hop too.
12:00 Field Report
12:45 Ivan & Alyosha
1:30 Father John Misty (J Tilman, ex-Fleet Foxes)
2:15 J. Roddy Walston
4:00 Heartless Bastards
5:00 Diamond Rugs (John McCauley of Deer Tick w/ members of Los Lobos, Black Lips & more)
6:00 Okkervil River (Just added!)
Stage 2 (Hotel Vegas Inside) (hip hop stage)
12:15 - Lushlife
01:00 - Main Attrakionz
01:45 - Cadence Weapon
02:30 - Rittz
03:15 - Fat Tony
04:00 - Spaceghostpurrp
04:45 - Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire
05:30 - Action Bronson
Stage 3 (Volstead)
12:00 - Patrolled By Radar
1:00 - Emily Wells
2:00 - Phantom Family Halo
2:45 - Lumerians
3:30 - Hundred Visions
4:15 - Pond (mem. of Tame Impala)
5:00 - GUARDS
In addition to the completely FREE lineup of great music, we will also have complimentary drinks courtesy of HobNob Wines, our official wine partner and The Original Moonshine, our official spirit partner. We will also have FREE VEGAN TREATS courtesy of NadaMoo! and FREE Honest Tea. Arlo's great Vegan Food truck, located right next door, will be at all four days of Hotel Vegan selling food.
And we'll have some awesome giveaways from Partisan and KF Records, as well as cassette compilations from Young One Records (Including the above track "Wife Plot" by Fat Tony).
Listen to a playlist of artists playing this party on Spotify.
Special thanks to all of our partners and sponsors for making this party possible - including Vox, Blackstar and Korg, our official backline partners, as well as ASCAP, HobNob Wines, The Original Moonshine, NadaMoo!, Honest Tea, Partisan Records, KF Records & Young One Records!
photos by Andrew St. Clair
John McCauley of Deer Tick made it clear at last night's free BV-presented Brooklyn show that they weren't there to protest with the protesters of Occupy Wall Street. Nothing against Occupy Wall Street, but the band more importantly wanted to to help bring attention to the police brutality that is happening to the protesters at Wall St., because everyone has a right to protest.
Everyone also has the right to rock! And Deer Tick rocked for two hours at Willliamsburg venue Death By Audio, a DIY space that the now-Webster Hall-headlining band last played about three years ago. The all ages capacity crowd started lining up at 8pm, the place filled quickly, and the band (no opener) was on around 9. Without the pressure of playing to a paying audience, Deer Tick had fun and played their hearts out. They debuted many new songs live, played a bunch of covers, and lots of classics too. The sound was excellent and loud.
John McCauley has never been afraid of sharing the mic with guest singers, but the past couple of years have also seen Deer Tick increasingly showcasing the singing abilities of other permanent members of the band as well. Most notably, guitarist Ian O'Neil takes center stage at times, but drummer Dennis Ryan also gets to showcase his voice, like he did on one crowd favorite they tested out for the first time last night, that will appear on the band's new album Divine Providence (out 10/25).
One of the live sort-of-debuts wasn't a Deer Tick song, but one that will appear on an album by yet another supergroup side project. The crowd thought for sure John was talking about Middle Brother when he started to intro the song, but it quickly became apparent that in fact there is now a supergroup #2. Diamond Rugs is its name (Damn I Am On Drugs), and its members include Ian from Black Lips (who also have a Webster Hall show coming up), Hardy from Dead Confederate, Bryan Dufresne from Six Finger Satellite (who was at the show), Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, and John & Robbie from Deer Tick. The Diamond Rugs song they played is a Christmas song, which I called a "sort-of-debut" because it has been played in front of people at least once before (video from the Hamptons below). Stay tuned for more about Diamond Rugs.
To the delight of many who were shouting out requests, Deer Tick played a hard-hitting full band version of "Christ Jesus" and closed the set with the fast and fun Ramones-esque "Let's All Go To the Bar", complete with John McCauley stage dive.
photos by Jim Brueckner
Sallie Ford @ Newport Folk Fest
Partisan Records was repping hard in Newport over the weekend. Between the fest itself and a bunch of afterparties, there were all kinds of Deer Tick-related collaborations going on including Partisan's Mountain Man playing the fest and later joining Middle Brother on stage, and Partisan's Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside playing the fest (pics in this post) in addition to Sallie singing John Prine's "In Spite of Ourselves" with Deer Tick's John McCauley, twice - both at the fest and at an afterparty. Video of both times can be watched below.
Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside make their network television debut on Letterman tonight (8/3). They also open for Jolie Holland (like they did recently at Bowery Ballroom) in Philly tonight before continuing on tour. Deer Tick play a free show with Dom in NYC soon and other dates. All Sallie Ford dates and those videos and more pics from Newport too, below...
John & Ian & barrels of wine
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).
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...
DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Christmas All Summer Long (MP3)
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.
photos by Chris Gersbeck
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...
photos by Tim Griffin
MG& V @ the All House
MG&V, the new project of John McCauley (frontman of Deer Tick), Taylor Goldsmith (frontman of Dawes), and Matt Vasquez (frontman of Delta Spirit), made their debut (not counting a private performance they taped for IFC one day earlier) with a late-night set to a capacity crowd at Austin's Ale House on Friday, March 19th. Taylor's brother and bandmate Griffin played drums. Delta Spirit's Kelly Winrich played keys. Deer Tick family member Jonny Corndawg helped perform a song he also recorded and wrote with the group. As Duke Street Blog points out, "The set was filled with heartfelt Americana tunes, all featuring a healthy splash of CSN-like harmonies." Deer Tick actually played a set an hour earlier at Lucero's SXSW showcase at Red Eyed Fly (where they were joined by Nikki Darlin for a song). John ran right from show to show (as did Tim and I) (luckily we all saw Lucero earlier that same day). More pictures and a bunch of videos from both shows are below.
Their regular bands all made their fair share of appearances at SXSW this year too. Deer Tick (who played BV shows in 2009 and 2008) even had their own unofficial showcase this year at Threadgill's (with Cordawg, Those Darlins, Liz Isenberg, Chris Paddock and others on the bill). One of Dawes's shows was at the official BrooklynVegan showcase. Various videos from the week below.
Last but not least, Delta Spirit have announced a run of tour dates set for June and July. They'll bring along Ezra Furman & the Harpoons and The Romany Rye for those. The three bands play Bowery Ballroom on June 30th and Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 1st. Tickets just went on sale.
Delta Spirit's new record, History From Below, is set to come out June 8th on Rounder Records.
"All we wanted to do is put the record together one song at a time," says Delta Spirit's singer/guitarist Matthew Vasquez about History From Below. "It's been three years of straight touring off our last record so most of the songs were written in hotel rooms and tested in front of an audience. We spent spent six months of this last year making a record that sums up three years of growing up."The album was produced by My Morning Jacket's keyboardist Bo Koster and Eli Thomson, and you can check out the album art and tracklist below.
Everything mentioned, pictures, videos & lots of tour dates, below...
Move over Monsters of Folk. Monsters of Fuck are here. Well, actually they're called MG&V which stands for McCauley, Goldsmith, and Vasquez aka John McCauley (frontman of Deer Tick), Taylor Goldsmith (frontman of Dawes), and Matt Vasquez (frontman of Delta Spirit) (we can still call them Monsters of Fuck unofficially though). This is their story:
Notoriously adverse to sitting still, John McCauley felt the urge to write and record during some of Deer Tick's recent downtime. Deer Tick chose Dawes to support a leg of their summer 2009 tour, during which McCauley and Goldsmith developed an affinity for each other's songwriting. McCauley decided that Nashville would be the perfect location to write some new songs, and invited Goldsmith to join him. As the project began to take shape, McCauley and Goldsmith decided Matt Vasquez was the man to complete their vision for the project. A few days after tape started rolling, Vasquez arrived in Nashville-never having met McCauley. The three songwriters immediately bonded and proceeded to make a timeless masterpiece. Dawes drummer Griffin Goldsmith also joined the group to contribute percussion.I can't comment on the "masterpiece" aspect of this yet - I still haven't heard it, but I'm excited to. And I hope to catch MG&V live when they make their world debut at the Coda Agency SXSW Showcase at the Ale House on Friday, March 19th at 1 AM. More album details still TBA.
And yes, all three of those bands will also be at SXSW on their own. Deer Tick has a bunch of shows and their own curated day party. Delta Spirit has a bunch of shows too, and Dawes plays the official BrooklynVegan showcase at Club DeVille on Wednesday March 17th. They go on at 8, and if you miss them, they play more shows too. All dates and flyers below...
DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Baltimore Blues No.1 (live) (MP3)
King Khan & BBQ @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Tim Griffin)
The rumor started spreading as early as 7 p.m. that Arish "King" Khan and Mark Sultan weren't going to show up for their nearly sold-out show Thursday night at Off Broadway in St. Louis.John McCauley was there because his fiance is a member of Those Darlins who are on tour with KK & BBQ at the moment. Those Darlins were one of the above-referenced opening acts.
The duo that comprises the King Khan & BBQ Show missed its early evening soundcheck and were M.I.A. and incommunicado throughout the night. Even as the eager crowd filed into the packed venue and witnessed a pair of impressive (though clearly stalling) opening acts, the chatter was that the headliners hadn't been heard from since they left Nashville--their previous tour date-- around 11 a.m. Thursday morning.
At approximately 11 p.m., local concert promoter Joey O'Farrell grabbed the mic and sheepishly delivered the news: The King Khan and BBQ would not be performing. No, he didn't know where they were or what had happened. Yes, Off Broadway was offering a full refund to anyone who wanted it.
Then Deer Tick singer John McCauley took the stage and delivered an impromptu set of classic rock and roll covers...
According to O'Farrell and Off Broadway owner Steve Pohlman, Khan and Sultan were arrested somewhere between Nashville and St. Louis. The charge is rumored to be drug possession, but neither party could offer any specifics. [St Louis Riverfront Times]
Those Darlins & BBQ & King Khan running (from the law)
King Khan & BBQ were last in NYC for two end-of-October shows. From there they hit the road and played shows along the way to Austin where they were scheduled to play Fun Fun Fun Fest on Sunday. That show didn't go as planned either. The rain that plagued the 2nd day of the outdoor festival caused the stage they were supposed to play on to get super wet (The Strange Boys who played before them mentioned the possibility of getting electrocuted while they were playing). King Khan didn't want to play on the wet stage, so the festival staff quickly dried it, but not in enough time. Instead the duo played a free show that night at the venue Red 7. I went to that, partly because they played right before forgetters (who were awesome) at the same venue (though in a different room). King Khan and BBQ was fun though I could barely hear them because I was deaf from just having seen Danzig.
@ Red 7 on 11/8: seconds earlier KK asked someone to stick their fist in this girl....
No word on whether King Khan & BBQ are actually in jail or whether they'll be at their show in Lawrence, KS tonight (11/13). Hopefully they're OK. Stay tuned. All dates below.
UPDATE (12:30pm): King Khan & BBQ definitely were in jail. They have been released, but their tour manager is still behind bars. The KS show is
UPDATE (1:00pm): the KS show isn't completely cancelled! King Khan & BBQ just won't be there. Jessi Darlin says "we're still planning on playin' the craziest fuckin' show in hopes of lifting any KKBBQ fans spirits and keepin' this badass tour on the move. We are so proud to be playing with this band and just want to keep the tour rollin'."
UPDATE (7:00pm): Tour manager Kristin Klein has been released from jail and charged with driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance, possibly mushrooms.
In related news, Deer Tick is releasing an iTunes Exclusive, four-song EP called "More Fuel For The Fire" on December 1st. The above free MP3 (which was also just released by the band) is not on it. The track list, cover art, and all tour dates, below...
photos by Ryan Muir
"John Mcauley of Deer Tick just proposed to Nikki Darlin of Those Darlins on stage in Prospect Park. She said yes!" - BrooklynVegan @ 8:41 PM Aug 7th
Deer Tick played after Jones Street Station and before Grace Potter & the Nocturnals at the free Celebrate Brooklyn show in Prospect Park on Friday night (8/7).
After an attention-grabbing, intro-drum-solo by drummer Dennis Michael Ryan (complete with white Blueblockers on), the band came on stage and continued to play what can only be called a historic show, for Deer Tick anyway. Not only were we treated to a guest spot by Deer Tick regular Liz Isenberg, but out of nowhere, six songs into the set, Arkansas' Christopher Denny appeared on stage to also help sing a song. We haven't heard from Chris in a while - he's in town to record a new album, and his stand-out voice caused even the zillion people talking in the back to look up for at least a second.
Another Deer Tick highlight was the set-closing cover of "La Bamba", but that's not what made the show historic. That was the toe ring (that came along with a proposal) (that confirmed that John McCauley and Those Darlins' Nikki Darlin are officially off the market). Overall not only a great show, but lots of variety to help introduce the band to a Park Slope crowd full of distracted people who probably never heard of them before. More pictures below...