John McCauley & Vanessa Carlton @ City Winery - 9/8/15
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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.

At both NYC shows, John was joined by his wife Vanessa Carlton for their duet on "In Our Time" off Deer Tick's 2013 album Negativity. They sounded great together.

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...

John McCauley set lists...

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Vanessa Carlton - "Blue Pool"

Vanessa Carlton - "Willows"

Vanessa Carlton joins her husband John McCauley on stage at City Winery. #deertick #vanessacarlton

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John McCauley of Deer Tick at City Winery #johnmccauley #deertick #citywinery

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Hop Along's Frances Quinlan warming up the crowd for John McCauley at City Winery. #hopalong #citywinerynyc

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Vanessa Carlton -- 2015 Tour Dates
Oct 30 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
Oct 31 Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi
Nov 01 Iowa City, IA @ The Englert Theatre
Nov 02 Green Bay, WI @ Meyer Theatre
Nov 04 Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
Nov 05 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Nov 06 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
Nov 07 St Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
Nov 09 Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar
Nov 10 Chicago, IL @ City Winery
Nov 11 Evanston, IL @ SPACE
Nov 13 Ann Arbor, MI @ The Blind Pig
Nov 14 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
Nov 15 Cleveland, OH @ Music Box Supper Club
Nov 17 London, Ontario @ London Music Hall
Nov 18 Toronto, Ontario @ Mod Club
Nov 20 Montreal, Quebec @ Lion d'Or
Nov 21 Ottawa, Ontario @ Mavericks
Nov 22 Appleton, Ontario @ North on 29
Nov 23 Hamilton, Ontario @ Molson Canadian Studio at Hamilton Place
Nov 30 New York, NY @ City Winery
Dec 01 New York, NY @ City Winery
Dec 03 Troy, NY @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Dec 04 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
Dec 05 Portland, ME @ Asylum
Dec 07 Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Dec 08 Fairfield, CT @ StageOne
Dec 09 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
Dec 11 Washington, DC @ The Howard Theatre
Dec 12 Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
Dec 14 Durham, NC @ The Carolina Theatre
Dec 15 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Dec 17 Nashville, TN @ 3rd & Lindsley
Dec 18 Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay
Dec 19 Asheville, NC @ New Mountain Theatre

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