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

 

MARCH
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)

APRIL
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.


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Delta Spirit @ Webster Hall, NYC – November 23, 2010


Last night I hoped a train down to Webster Hall to check out Delta Spirit. The band is out of San Diego, California and can be described as a “hybrid of rock and northern soul” and they brought both in spades. I arrived as Darker My Love was about halfway through their set. Darker My Love had a great, bright country mixed with psychedelic sound but was visibly upset after lead singer and guitarist Tim Presley spilled a beer into his Vox amp. He asked the crowd if it sounded all right and I yelled to assure him it sounded great (It really did!) .

After they wrapped up their set, I actually got a chance to meet Tim Presley himself outside. We talked guitars for a bit and exchanged emails so I could send him addresses of repair shops. Hopefully they can get their gear in line before getting out for the rest of the tour. We said goodbyes and I hurried back in to catch the Delta Spirit start their show.

This guy was so excited he passed out.  He was escorted out as the band was coming on, little did I know this would be a hint to their massive energy and power. The band opened with ‘White Table’ multi-instrumentalist Kelly Winrich backing the band up on orchaestral drums. The song was a powerful slow build to ‘Golden State’, a catchy as hell bumping and grooving song, which would come to be a hallmark of the show overall. ‘9-11’ followed, punctuated perfectly by the great lyrics and comfortable voice of singer Matt Vasquez. They were constantly engaging the audience, a very welcome break from the stand with arms folded shows I’ve been attending. Even when the band would take things down a notch on ballads like ‘Ransom Man’ they had the audience totally engrossed. The song was a slow burn to an epic noisy freakout, and it was awesome to see the guys let loose.

The energy carried them to rocking and rollicking ‘Streetwalker’ featuring Winrich on some mean organ parts. ‘Parade” featured some smooth bass grooves from 4 string maestro Jon Jameson. Vasquez dedicated the song to all the out of towners like himself and the band set into ‘St. Francis.’ The crowd got so excited the song even had a stage diver! I wouldn’t say he dived as much as skanked as if “he was at a ska show in 1995” (Kelly Winrich’s words, not mine) The band was fair enough to dedicated a song to the local crowd and played ‘Bushwick Blues’ next, an ode to hopping n the L train and living the hipster life up. This song was actually proceeded by my favorite moment of the night. Vasquez begas a story with “So the second time I dropped acid I walked into my friends bathroom and started playing this song” which lead to a piano and vocal cover of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here (gleefully joined in on vocals by happy rock fans like me in the crowd) into my personal favorite ‘Trashcan’. If that song has somehow missed your ears I pity you.

Before wrapping up, the Band launched into ‘People C’Mon’, another crowd favorite off the band’s first LP “Ode to Sunshine,” Then went into ‘Childrens’ which I was lucky enough to capture a bit of below. I wanted to get some video of the crowd in action.

The band closed up with the closing track off their latest album, “History From Below,” the ballad ‘History.’ Vasquez said the song was inspired by a man who killed his wife’s lover. I don’t know if I can say it ended the night on a high note but the song cemented the band’s set as a serious statement that they will return soon with more rollicking tunes and good times.

NYC’s Weekly Show Roundup!


Callers, Janka Nabay, Buke and Gass, People Get Ready @ (le) poisson rouge

Idlewild, Happy Hollows @ Bowery Ballroom CANCELED

Hank & Cupcakes, Kenan Bell, Biker Daughter @ Brooklyn Bowl

Joanna Newsom @ Carnegie Hall

Diamond Doves, Vandaveer, The Nico Blues, Open Road Love Affair @ The Glasslands

Matthew Dear, Games, Noveller @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Robbers on High Street, My Cousin, The Emperor, Only Living Boy, Hey Battlefield @ The Bowery Electric

Delta Spirit, Darker My Love, The Fling @ Webster Hall

Idlewild, Happy Hollows @ Bowery Ballroom CANCELED

Free Energy, Foxy Shazam, Hollerado @ Bowery Ballroom

Junip, Lost in the Trees @ Irving Plaza

Delorean, Lemonade, Light Pollution @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Computer Magic, Hooray For Earth, The Vandelles, Paul and the Patients, Twin Shadow (DJ Set) @ Pianos

Midnight Juggernauts, Bikini, Chappo  @ Bowery Ballroom

Free Energy, Foxy Shazam, Hollerado @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

The So So Glos, The Rassle, Devin Therriault @ Studio at Webster Hall

 

Delta Spirit: Helping You Cope With Loss Since 2010

Their sound may be rock, soul and a little bit of Americana, but all the five piece San Diego outfit Delta Spirit is making listeners hear in their latest EP, The Waits Room, is melancholy sadness.

How could we not feel this way, when on the album the “short list” of the things we lose include “our youth, our safety, our comfort, our innocence…” and this goes on and on. But Delta Spirit’s music thrives on this tone, as critics and fans have agreed.

The band’s new tour begins next week to promote the release of the EP, dropping  TODAY, and their last LP, History From Below, which is out now on Rounder Records.

Tour Dates

11/16/10 Mojo’s Columbia, Missouri
11/18/10 High Noon Saloon Madison, Wisconsin
11/19/10 Turner Hall Milwaukee, Wisconsin
11/20/10 Legends of Notre Dame South Bend, Indiana
11/21/10 Mountain Stage Radio Show Charleston, West Virginia
11/22/10 Tralf Music Hall Buffalo, New York
11/23/10 Webster Hall New York, New York
11/26/10 Paradise Rock Club Boston, Massachusetts
11/27/10 The Met Cafe Pawtucket, Rhode Island
11/29/10 OttoBar Baltimore, Maryland
11/30/10 Brillobox Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
12/01/10 The Mad Hatter Covington, Kentucky
12/02/10 Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall Asheville, North Carolina
12/03/10 Mercy Lounge Nashville, Tennessee
12/04/10 Metro Chicago, Illinois
12/07/10  Fillmore  San Francisco, California
12/08/10 The Music Box Hollywood, California
12/09/10 SOHO Music Club Santa Barbara, California
12/10/10 House of Blues San Diego, California