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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...
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...
photos by Sachyn Mital
Twangy rockers Deer Tick returned to NYC last night (3/6) for the ongoing American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center's Allen Room. Given the environment and their partially acoustic setup, they were less rowdy than usual, and their 20+ song set included material from all over their career. They also included a few covers, but leaned most heavily on songs from their 2007 debut, War Elephant, and their newest LP, 2013's Negativity. For "In Our Time" off the latter, Deer Tick singer John McCauley's (once very famous and still active) wife Vanessa Carlton came out to sing guest vocals, which she also does on the album version. PIctures of the show are in this post.
John and Ian of Deer Tick will be back in NYC for the Bob Dylan tribute at MHOW on 3/24 which also includes Elvis Perkins, Langhorne Slim, Dawn Landes, and more.
More pics and the setlist from Lincoln Center, below...
Deer Tick at Cannon's Blackthorn - 6/13/13
Twang rockers Deer Tick, who just announced that their new album Negativity will be out via Partisan Records on 9/24 (listen to a new song below), have been on a tour that recently hit Chicago, and last week (6/13) came to Rockville Center, NY for a show at Cannon's Blackthorn. It was a Tommy Brull Foundation-presented "Shine A Light" benefit like the one Deer Tick played in Wantagh in 2011. The show was opened by Matt Barthel and The Midnight Snacks, and Vanessa Carlton joined Deer Tick for a song during their set. Pictures from Rockville Center (but none of Matt Barthel) are in this post.
Deer Tick's upcoming dates include Newport Folk Festival afterparties (but not the actual festival) and the fall installment of Boston Calling. All dates are listed, along with more pictures from the show, the new song, and a teaser for the new album, below...
photos by Tracy Allison
John McCauley & special guest Vanessa Carlton
Deer Tick will complete their 2012 Brooklyn Bowl residency in NYC tonight (12/19).
At last week's show (12/12), the band was joined by support from Viking Moses and a solo set from Deer Tick guitarist Ian O'Neil (who earlier that day told us his 'best of 2012'). At that show the band focused their energies on The Black Dirt Sessions and the sillier Holy Shit it's Christmas EP. And there was even more to end the show:
After running through both those recordings as the main part of their set, Deer Tick returned for two encore segments; the second segment closed with segue from "Sink or Swim" into "Sleep Walk" and "La Bamba." Members of Deer Tick play in the side-project Diamond Rugs with Steve Berlin, whose group Los Lobos scored their mainstream breakout hit by covering the song. Their encores also included "Friday XIII," "Unwed Fathers," "Dirty Dishes," "Cheap Sunglasses," "Baltimore Blues No. 1," "Nevada," In addition, pop singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton and regular Deer Tick collaborator Liz Isenberg both sang with the band on a few songs. Carlton joined Deer Tick for "Choir of Angles," "Piece By Piece," "Sad Sun" and "Unwed Fathers" while Isenberg appeared on "When She Comes Home," "Choir of Angles," "Piece By Piece," "Sad Sun" and "Friday XIII." During last week's Bowl show, the members of Deer Tick pulled a fan out of the audience to sing Isenberg's parts on "Friday XIII." -[Jambands]The first week of the residency had the band playing Born on Flag Day and More Fuel for the Fire EP (pics), and the residency comes to a close tonight when the band performs Divine Providence and Tim EP in full. Limited tickets will be available at the door.
More pictures from Week 2, below...
UPDATE: We found even MORE
As mentioned, Thursday (9/5) is Fashion's Night Out. Basically another excuse to throw a party (in the name of bringing money and attention to fashion), the evening has become music-oriented in the last few years with bands playing stores all over New York City. There's a lot of stuff going on, including the Azealia Banks / DJ Cosmo performance at M.A.C. Soho we already told you about; plus Icona Pop and Maria Minerva at Urban Outfitters; Matchbox Twenty (!?!) at Bloomingdales; Haim at Topshop; La Sera at Helmut Lang; We Were Promised Jetpacks at Rockefeller Center; and Cyndi Lauper at Manolo Blahnik, just to name a few.
Below is a list of all the shows we could find with basic details and links where applicable/helpful. All shows are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Many have free food and booze as well. For more into visit the Fashion's Night Out website. Let us know what we missed, in the comments.
Sondre Lerche @ MHOW in September (more by Tim Griffin)
Sondre Lerche will be one of the many acts at the now-sold-out Bell House Haiti Benefit tonight (1/27). Sondre goes on tour after that with opener JBM. JBM is NYC songwriter Jesse Marchant, who's now signed to Partisan Records. The label will release his debut Not Even in July on April 13th. For some JBM right now, check out his recently-posted Daytrotter Session.
Sondre is also scheduled to be at the Michael Dorf-produced Music of the Who show at Carnegie Hall on March 2nd. That show includes a lot of big names and City Winery regulars. They include Living Colour, Robyn Hitchcock, Matt Nathanson, Sondre Lerche, Postelles, Bettye LaVette, Mose Allison, The Smithereens, Gaslight Anthem, Bob Mould (of Hüsker Dü), Fab Faux, Asaf Avidan, Willie Nile, Vanessa Carlton, Rich Pagano, Nicole Atkins and Steven Bernstein & The Music Unites Choir. Tickets are on sale.
Finally, Sondre Lerche plays NYC's City Winery on Tuesday, March 23rd. Tickets are on sale. All dates below...