Additions to Northside Festival Lineup

Exciting new additions have been made to the 2011 Northside Festival: Wavves and Guided By Voices!  These bands are joining the previously announced Beirut, Deervana (Deer Tick), Twin Sister and others!  Guided By Voices will headline the McCarren Park Stage on June 18th and Wavves is set to be the supporting act.  Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door and can be bought here:

The Northside Festival is a four day celebration of the latest music, art, film and ideas placed in Brooklyn.  It will take place June 16-19, all within walkable distance in Greenpoint and Williamsburg.  Information on the festival can be found here:


Middle Brother Plans Tour

After several on-stage collaborations, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, John McCauley of Deer Tick and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit announced late last year that they were heading into the studio to record an album under the moniker Middle Brother. Since then, we’ve heard whispers concerning how the album might sound. Finally, with their album’s March 1st release date quickly approaching, Middle Brother has unveiled a single and slew of tour dates. Check them out down below.


Middle Brother – Middle Brother by WesleyAmbrecht


02 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club  *
03 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club  *
04 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel *
05 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg *
06 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom  *
09 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts *
10 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall *
11 – Toronto, ON – Opera House (w/ Deer Tick)
12 – Chicago, IL – Metro  *
13 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre  *
14 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue  *
15 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theater *
17 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada  *
18 – Austin, TX –  Brooklyn Vegan, Partisan Records, and KF Records Present: A Free SXSW Day Party at Swan Dive / Barbarella (SXSW)
19 – Austin, TX – Auditorium Shores/Ground Control Touring Showcase (SXSW)

03 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent  #
04 – Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley  #
05 – Santa Barbara, CA – Soho  &
06 – Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar  &
07 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo  &
08 – San Diego, CA – The Loft  &

* = w/ Dawes and Deer Tick
# = w/ Blake Mills
& = w/ Jonny Corndawg

Middle Brother Gets Technological

Middle Brother are taking a new angle to fan-interaction. The group has taken it upon themselves to develop their very own iPhone app.

The (free) app is intended to bring fans exclusive news, content and a new level of interaction with the band. You can download it right here. The app comes in preparation of the band’s first album, which will be out March 1st.

Middle Brother, in case you hadn’t heard, is made up of Deer Tick’s John McCauley, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith and Delta Spirit’s Matthew Vazquez. The three toured together in 2009 and realized their musical tastes were too similar to not collaborate in some form.

The group will be touring starting March 2nd to celebrate their self-titled release. Their schedule looks like this…


Mar-02 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

Mar-03 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club

Mar-04 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

Mar-05 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

Mar-06 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

Mar-09 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts

Mar-10 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall

Mar-11 – Toronto, ON – Opera House

Mar-12 – Chicago, IL – Metro

Mar-13 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre

Mar-14 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

Mar-15 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theater

Mar-17 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada

Mar-19 – Austin, TX – Auditorium Shores/Ground Control Touring Showcase


Who is Middle Brother?

Earlier this week, Partisan Records made a huge announcement; Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, John McCauley of Deer Tick, and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit have joined forces to create Middle Brother. Since the trio played their tiny, late-night, unannounced event at CMJ under the moniker “MG&V,” there have been whispers that a side project wasn’t far off. But, little did we know that the guys had already wrapped their debut record, which is set for a March 1st, 2011 release date.

Middle Brother will be playing a one-off show December 20 at the Troubadour in Los Angeles  to benefit Invisible Children. That show will also feature an acoustic McCauley set.

Deer Tick Release Christmas Single, Acoustic Dates

Country-rock stalwarts, Deer Tick, have released your grandmother’s least favorite Christmas single. Titled “Holy Shit, It’s Christmas,” the Providence, Rhode Island natives bring a much needed kick in the pants to holiday music. This two song single, featuring both the title track and the song “Christmas All Year Long”, is out now on Itunes but can be picked up for free via the Partisan Records website with the purchase of any physical Deer Tick merch.

On the heels of their Christmas single, lead singer/guitarist John McCauley and guitarist Ian O’Neill have released a series of stripped down acoustic shows. McCauley has also added a solo date on December 20th to benefit Invisible Children, a non-profit committed to ending conflict in Uganda.

Tour Dates:

Mon-Dec-20  Los Angeles, CA Troubadour *
Fri-Jan-14    Boston, MA    Middle East Upstairs
Sat-Jan-15    Providence, RI    Met Café
Sun-Jan-16    Northampton, MA    Iron Horse
Wed-Jan-19    New York, NY    City Winery
Thu-Jan-20    New Haven, CT    Daniel Street
Fri-Jan-21    Philadelphia, PA    First Unitarian Church Santuary
Sat-Jan-22    York, PA    Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center
Sun-Jan-23    Washington, DC    Rock and Roll Hotel

* = John McCauley only, w/ Mountain Man, Guards

  Christmas All Summer Long by nmcollins

NYC Weekly Show Roundup!

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Oh Land, ARMS, The Canon Logic, Fatty Acid, Courtesy Tier @ Brooklyn Bowl

Superhuman Happiness, Blast Off!!! @ Coco 66

Dinosaur Feathers @ Brooklyn Bowl

Yukon Blonde, Motel Motel @ Cake Shop

One Eskimo, Hugo, A Million Years @ Highline Ballroom

Jonsi, Mountain Man @ Hammerstein Ballroom

Yukon Blonde, Motel Motel @ Maxwell’s

Deer Tick, J Roddy Waltson & the Business, Jason Anderson @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Hooray for Earth, Milagres, Slow Animal, Ghastly City Sleep, Appomattox @ Pianos

Roky Erickson, The A-Bones @ The Bell House

Favourite Sons, Steve Gunn, Don Stahl @ Union Pool

Toots & the Maytals @ Brooklyn Bowl

Grandchilden, Warm Ghost, Valleys, Foxes in Fiction, The Antlers (DJ Set) @ Glasslands

The 1900’s, The Light Pines @ Mercury Lounge (early show)

Tunng, Charles Atlas @ Mercury Lounge (late show)

Man…or Astroman? @ Bowery Ballroom

The Black Hollies, Strangers Family Band, The Runaway Suns, Super Vacations @ Bruar Falls

Blank Dogs, Velvet Davenport, Swimsuit, Dead Gaze @ Glasslands

Roky Erickson, The Above, The Happen-ins @ Maxewell’s

Magic Kids,  Bosco Delrey, Big Trouble @ Mercury Lounge

Shearwater, Damien Jurado, Anni Rossi @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Caveman, Beresford, Hotchacha, Apollo Run @ Pianos

Northampton Woods (Thurston Moore/Bill Nace/Chris Corsano), Sightings @ The Rock Shop