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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.

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photos by Tracy Allison

Deer Tick

The night after Lucero played Brooklyn Bowl, Deer Tick rang in the New Year at the venue with assists from Virgin Forest (Phosphorescent's backing band, now their own band), Dead Confederate, and J. Roddy Walston and the Business. Here are some pictures from the New Year's Eve show (one of many in NYC. Ted Leo, Gogol Bordello and Patti Smith and many others played Saturday night too.).

Unfortunately we didn't get a Diamond Rugs set at Brooklyn Bowl, as promised, but that's because "Steve couldn't make it from the lobos show." Los Lobos was playing the same night at City Winery, and Steve from Los Lobos (who was supposed to cab it over to Brooklyn Bowl) also plays in Diamond Rugs who played their debut live show on 12/29 in Atlanta (two Deer Tick members and one from Dead Confederate play in it too).

That aside, Deer Tick, like Lucero the night before, played a raucous and entertaining show complete with frontman John McCauley in a New Year's Baby costume. They went on not long before midnight, meaning the countdown, which they may have been slightly late for, happened early in their set (complete with Cee-Lo in Times Square on the tv screens). Deer Tick's setlist pulled from their entire catalog and the encore-less night ended with two special guests and a stage full of people (and fallen confetti). First Craig Finn of The Hold Steady (who was also at Lucero) joined Deer Tick on stage for a cover of "Bastards of Young" by the Replacements (not the first time Craig performed that song), and then Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus came out to help them close the show with a drunken singalong of "Let's All Go To The Bar". By the end you couldn't really find Patrick though because half the audience seemed to be on stage... I think that's how it went. Details are fuzzy. Luckily we have these pictures to help jog my memory. More of them, and some videos, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Diamond Rugs - Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant (MP3)

Deer Tick @ SXSW 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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Another NYC New Year's Eve option: Deer Tick, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Dead Confederate, and Virgin Forest are taking over Brooklyn Bowl on December 31, 2011. $45 tickets are on sale now for what is sure to be a very drunken welcome to 2012. For $15 more you can also get a ticket to see Lucero who plays one night earlier at the same venue.

Meanwhile, as previously mentioned, Virgin Forest and Deer Tick's Ian O'Neil play a show at Glasslands this Wednesday night (12/7). Deer Tick only have one other show scheduled and it's in Albany.

Deer Tick also just released a new video for "Main Street" today, full of explosions and urination (which you won't find in the censored version). You can watch it in all its uncensored glory below.

Diamond Rugs, the Deer Tick related project that John McCauley also sings for, and which contains a member of Los Lobos (who are also playing New Year's Eve in NYC), released their first track today too - the Christmas song that maybe you heard Deer Tick perform live at Death By Audio. Download that above. Stream it below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Deer Tick @ Webster Hall
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Deer Tick hit Webster Hall last night (11/20) with Guards and Thomas Hardy (of Dead Confederate). it was the last date on a larger tour that kicked off in October and hit Reggie's in Chicago along the way, and it was probably the largest headlining show on that tour (and definitely much bigger than Death By Audio). Here are some pictures from Webster Hall, though none of the destruction (aka broken instruments) that ended the two hour show (Deer Tick is always good for ending things in style).

Two days earlier, the same lineup hit Ithaca where someone wrote...

Deer Tick's set was not as much a performance as much as it was a time for both fans and players to come together and enjoy each other's company through their love for music. Deer Tick was not playing and singing for us; they were playing and singing with us. This could not be articulated as accurately as when McCauley led a sing-along on opening number "The Bump," wailing "I suggest you move/We're full-grown men/We act like kids." This youthful playfulness that the band set forth from the get-go marked what would become an evening of a shared joy between the band and the crowd. But as much as both the musicians and the fans seemed to be enjoying themselves, the band may have overstayed their welcome. Even with a set that clocked in at over two hours in length including Deer Tick's set, some solo tunes from McCauley, and new material with a freshly formed supergroup featuring McCauley and opening acts Thomas Hardy and the Guards, the boys of Deer Tick seemed to have enjoyed themselves a little too much....
-[Cornell Daily Sun]
The dates were in celebration of Divine Providence, the Deer Tick's new LP out now on Partisan Records.

When the Webster Hall show was first announced, I'm pretty sure Virgin Forest were listed as opener. I'm not sure what happened there, but today another Virgin Forest show was announced and it's happening at Glasslands on 12/7 and Ian O'Neil of Deer Tick is opening. Tickets are on sale.

More pictures from Webster Hall and a video of the Deer Tick/Guards/Thomas Hardy supergroup (see above), below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Deer Tick & fans @ Pier 54

Deer Tick are set to release their new LP Divine Providence on October 25th via Partisan Records. The album was produced by the band, in conjunction with Adam Landry and Justin Collins in their native Rhode Island. It's not only the follow up to 2010's Black Dirt Sessions, but will also mark the group's fourth album in only five years.

The record's single, "Miss K." is available for FREE streaming / download via a mini-site they've created. Divine Providence will be up for pre-order soon via Partisan Records in CD, Vinyl, and Digital Formats.

In support of the album, the band will hit the road for a North American tour this fall. From mid-October to mid-November they'll hit all major tour stops including: Philly, DC, Austin, LA, Chicago, and then some. All dates are listed below.

The tour will conclude right here in NYC, with a big Webster Hall show on November 20th. Like most of the dates, NYC will receive an opening set from Virgin Forest (aka Phosphorescent minus frontman Matthew Houk). Tickets for the NYC show are on AmEx presale now, and go on general sale this Friday, at noon.

Catch Virgin Forest even sooner this Thursday night (8/25) at Bruar Falls in Brooklyn.

You can view Divine Providence's tracklisting and cover art, plus all 2011 tour dates, and a 2nd set of photos from the recent free Pier 54 show, an an (((unartig))) video from that show, below...

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Little Dragon @ Summerstage 2009 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Little Dragon

today in NYC
* Beyonce @ Roseland Ballroom
* Tell Your Friends @ Lolita Bar
* Canon Blue, Atlantic/Pacific @ Mercury Lounge
* Organized Sports, Brain Slug, Dipers @ The Acheron
* Fort King, Sondra Sun-Odeon, Desert Stars @ Zebulon
* Virgin Forest, One Hundred Dollars @ Knitting Factory
* Little Dragon, DJ Rich Medina @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* MiniBoone, Gringo Star, Your Youth @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Afuche, Cool Memories, Father Figures, Killer Bob @ Bruar Falls
* The Everymen, Ben Franklin, Dinosaur Feathers @ Mercury Lounge
* The Wood Brothers (Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival) @ City Winery
* Jenny Scheinman - Mischief & Mayhem @ Village Vanguard
* Governor, Hollis Brown, Peanut Butter Lovesicle, Courtesy Tier @ Cameo Gallery
* James Pants, Psychobuildings, Airbird, Balloon (afterparty with Co La) @ Glasslands
* The Moon w/ Janeane Garofalo, Jessi Klein, Nate Bargatze, Music From Field Mouse @ Public Assembly
* Hoodie Allen, Outasight, ZAK! Downtown, Fortune Family @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Jason Ajemian & The High Life, Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys, Sideways in the Soup @ Cake Shop
* Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Scary Mansion, Franz Nicolay, Preston Spurlock @ Death By Audio

Dinosaur Feathers was recently added to the MS-fighting benefit at Mercury Lounge tonight.

Virgin Forest, as previously mentioned, is Phosphorescent's band minus frontman Matthew Houk. They headline Knitting Factory tonight.

Little Dragon play the BV-presented record release show at MHOW tonight. They recently made a Modcast mix which you can grab here.

Memoryhouse recently released a video for "Quiet America". Check it out below...

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DOWNLOAD: Middle Brother - Middle Brother (MP3)

Middle Brother over Corndawg (more by Tim Griffin)

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)
Sunday Feb 20th @ Legion Bar
790 Metropolitan Ave. At Humboldt Wburg, BK, $5 / 8pm
All tour dates, and a new Delta Spirit video, below...

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O'Death @ Brooklyn Bowl in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)

today in NYC
* Cotito @ Barbes
* Tony Malaby @ The Stone
* Ellery Eskelin @ The Stone
* Slick Rick @ Highline Ballroom
* Further Reductions @ Zebulon
* Led Zeppelin 2 @ Wonder Bar (NJ)
* Bill Carney's Jug Addicts @ Barbes
* Mary Chapin Carpenter @ Lincoln Center
* The Smithereens @ B.B. King Blues Club
* Joseph Arthur, David Bazan @ City Winery
* Mona, Appomattox, The Rassle @ Union Pool
* Fergus & Geronimo, Final Club @ Ding Dong Lounge
* New York Funk Exchange, OTIS, Yellowcake @ Southpaw
* The Earthman Experience @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Punch Brothers, The Secret Sisters @ Bowery Ballroom
* Graham Lambkin, Jason Lescalleet @ Issue Project Room
* Amazing Baby, Virgin Forest, Heaven's Jail @ Bruar Falls
* Black Dice, Deakin, Mirror Mirror @ Secret Project Robot
* Tyvek, The Beets, Eternal Summers, Sweet Bulbs @ Glasslands
* O'Death, Tim Fite, The Goddamn Rattlesnake @ The Bell House
* Trap Them, Black Anvil, All Pigs Must Die, Psychic Limb @ Cake Shop
* Translations, Yellow Ostrich, Left & Right, The Banjees @ Shea Stadium
* The Depreciation Guild, The Click Clack Boom, The Vanguard @ The Rock Shop
* Chris Keating of Yeasayer (DJ set), Matt + Maia, Alex English @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Binary Marketing Show, Chat Logs, Video Daughters, LUSHES @ Fort Useless
* Elizabeth & The Catapult, Chris Cubeta and The Liars Club @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* We Were Skeletons, Boys and Sex, Ape Up!, SIRS, The Greek Favourites, Chalk Talk, Lion Club @ Party Expo
* The Beatles Complete on Ukelele w/ Nellie McKay, Danny Ross, The Ramblers, Thinking in Pictures & more @ Brooklyn Bowl
* AIDS Wolf, Holy Sheet, Rat Bastard, Humanbeast, Pygmy Shrews, Diamond Black Hearted Boy, Dubknowdub, Shawn Greelee @ Death By Audio

Virgin Forest is comprised of all the members of Phosphorescent's band except frontman Matthew Houk. They have a new record out on Heartbreak Beat Records called "Joy Atrophy" which they'll be celebrating at their Bruar Falls show tonight. Amazing Baby (who will be playing acoustic) are also on the bill. The Heaven's Jail Band (also on Heartbreak Beat) open the show.

A 2007 unARTigNYC video of Virgin Forest playing at Sound Fix (over three years ago, but just recently added to YouTube), below...

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photos by Lori Baily


We are pleased to announce To Willie, the new full length recording from Brooklyn's Phosphorescent. Recorded in the band's warehouse space in Brooklyn during August and September 2008, To Willie is the follow-up to Phosphorescent's 2007 breakthrough album Pride. On To Willie, Matthew Houck and co., have taken on the Willie Nelson catalog, digging deep, and recording 11 of their favorite tunes. However, To Willie is more than a covers record - Phosphorescent makes these songs their own, while paying tribute to an all-time great. Phosphorescent will tour everywhere this winter and spring. Stay tuned for dates.
Phosphorescent and Virgin Forest end their current tour with a hometown show at the Bell House in Brooklyn tonight/Friday (11/28). More pictures from a show Phos played at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Sunset Rubdown back in September, below...

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Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford


Phosphorescent closed out the day at the free BrooklynVegan day party at Pianos on Thursday, October 23rd. He played to a packed room upstairs right after Wye Oak who also tested that room's capacity limits. Unlike Wye Oak, Phos played played his set solo acoustic, and as always he sounded great.

Catch Phosphorescent, on tour now with full band band and opener Virgin Forest, at one of the many dates listed below. Catch Phosphorescent in Brooklyn at the Bell House on November 28th. All shows and more pictures below...

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