On his follow up to 2018’s The Optimist, Ryan Porter and his friends the West Coast Get Down are once again swinging for the fences and bring jazz into the spotlight for a whole new generation. Rehearsed and recorded in five-hour bursts in multiple locations, Force For Good is a fearless step forward into the future of American jazz that celebrates America’s greatest art form even as it challenges what came before it. Join us as we discuss Porter’s seemingly limitless talent, the normalization of jazz in the popular culture, and much more.
Empire of the Sun brought all the costumes, set props, and backup dancers you know and love for three-night, completely sold-out stop at The Showbox in Seattle, all in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their debut album Walking on a Dream.
On his latest album as Fruit Bats, Eric Johnson is looking back at dark times almost fondness, taking joy in the even the smallest of steps towards a brighter future that awaits.
Gold Past Life — his first LP on Merge Records — signifies the start of a new era for the lauded singer/songwriter. The end of the road he started out on with 2014’s EDJ, it’s songs are overflowing with harmonies, hooks, and, most importantly, heart. A life-affirming slice of pure pop perfection, it is Johnson’s finest work to date and one of the few albums you NEED to hear in 2019.
MC Taylor's Hiss Golden Messenger may just be the Southern soul we deserve. On their ninth album proper (and fourth for Merge Records) the modern day skiffle-kings are delivering one of their strongest sets yet, and a salve for the troubles that ails ya in 2017. Kevin, Eduardo, and Andre are digging into this laid back, Saturday night groove of an album to let you know if it's worth all the hype.
PLUS! Deer Tick is BACK, and they've got not ONE, but TWO albums to announce their return. We've got a raucous track from Deer Tick Vol. 2 to help you get reacquainted with this American classic of a band.
Your favorite Deer Tick and the Black Lips songs. With horns.
Why You Should Care:
The best supergroups don’t take themselves too seriously. A loose, laid back vibe is best. Diamond Rugs is a rollicking party hosted by John McCauley (Deer Tick), Robbie Crowell (Deer Tick), Ian Saint Pé (The Black Lips), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate), and Bryan Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite). (Yes, the same Six Finger Satellite that gave us the amazing “Coke and Mirrors.”) Although Diamond Rugs traffic in a relaxed, boozy vibe, their songs are deceptively precise and exhibit a well-blended mix of punk, Sun Records, British Invasion, and Stax influences.
This week, Kevin, Andre, and Madelyn return to the RAWK basement to find its been turned into a RAWKetship piloted by Tangerine Dream and it's headed to planet GWAR. PLUS!! The gang reviews the latest release from Rhode Island's favorite Rock-n-Roll sons, Deer Tick!!!
On Friday afternoon, under a cloudy and drizzly sky, Kingsley Flood kicked off the Newport Folk Festival from the Fort Stage to a crowd that couldn't wait to get started. Almost as soon as the band began to play, the crowd began to dance along. "Sun's Gonna Let Me Shine," "Pick Your Battles," and "The Fire Inside" were a perfect antidote to the damp weather. It was the perfect way to begin a festival and created pretty high expectations for the rest of the weekend.
The six-piece band hailing from Boston and Washington, DC, kept the momentum strong throughout the set, even while pausing to dedicate "Battles" to a friend, or ask if anyone liked country music, because "Devil's Arms" was a country song for people who don't like country. Lead singer Naseem Khuri and Jenée Morgan, on violin, saxophone and vocals and occasionally tambourine, were almost never still, radiating an energy from the stage that the crowd picked up on and echoed back. People put small children on their shoulders to dance in front of the stage. "I Don't Wanna Go Home" closed the set on a rowdy note, and a perfect sentiment for the rest of the festival day.
John McCauley is the boy your mother wanted you to meet. Or at least that's what he claims in "Ashamed," the opening track to Deer Tick's 2007 debut album War Elephant. And, hey, as the frontman of a band that's gone from playing a zoo in middle-of-nowhere, Louisiana (where I first saw them) to hosting sold-out Newport Folk Festival after-parties, he just might be right! (But when you introduce him to momma, be sure not to mention his mistress: booze.)
Next weekend, before getting into the summer festival swing, Deer Tick play Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, MD as part of the brewery's outdoor summer concert series. At the show, Flying Dog will showcase their obscure, rare, and experimental beers, which will surely keep McCauley and co. as well as everyone else in attendance well-hydrated. For your chance to get your drink on with Deer Tick while listening to their rawktastic alt-country tunes from War Elephant (2007), Born on Flag Day (2009), The Black Dirt Sessions (2010), and Divine Providence (2011), please do one of the following:
1. Leave a comment below, using a valid email address, telling us your favorite Flying Dog brew.
Drive-By Truckers are making a pit stop in DC to ring in 2013 with a three-night run at 9:30 Club! Just as with their New Year’s stint at the Club last year, the Southern, alt-country rockers will surely show attendees a hell of a good time. See?
Just because the music stops at Fort Adams doesn't mean your night is over. Picking up where they left off last year, DEER TICK is staging a three night stand at the esteemed Newport Blues Cafe, and this time they're bring even more of their friends along. With guests on the bill like Sharon Van Etten, Matt Vasquez, and Jackson Browne, all three shows sold out pretty quickly, but who knows, maybe (hopefully) there will be some extras outside come showtime.
For those of you who DO have tickets though, this is what you're in for. And no matter which night you chose, it all adds up to an epic weekend of rawk all the way around. We'll see ya at the bar!
There's so much we could say here but we're gonna save it for our coverage of the festival. Suffice to say The Newport Folk Festival is not only one of the oldest fesitvals of it's kind in the country, but one of the most respected. Last years lineup was enviable for even the most shrewd of concertgoers and the question that was on everyone's lips was "How are they gonna top that?"
Well the answer to that question was revealed when they released the lineup today, and it it seems to be simple: They're gonna go big. REAL BIG.
With acts like My Morning Jacket, Jackson Brown, Punch Brothers, Iron and Wine and more on the bill, this is sort of a no brainer. So make with the ticket buying (link below) because it WILL sell out, and then you'll be sad.
Check out the press release below for all the details. We'll see you by the sea at the end of July!
Congratulations Red, you're going to the bar to see Deer Tick with us!. Hope your liver is in shape! And remember people, while only one of you could win the pair of tickets, you're all winners in our book.
Until next time....
Hide your women and lock up your whiskey, because Deer Tick are coming to town this Sunday to support their new record, Divine Providence, and we want you to come to the show with us.
Begun in 2004 as a solo project of lead singer John McCauley's, Deer Tick has evolved from those meager beginnings (thoughthat debut record, War Elephant, could hardly be considered meager) and continued to grow and evolve, bringing in new members and guest musicians as they see fit. Now a 4 piece, the group has somewhat abandoned the quieter approach taken on the first few albums for a more raucous drive that pairs the sound of the Van Morrison's fronted Them with the punk energy of the late 70's to produce some mighty fine whiskey soaked rock and roll.
Sound like your sorta thing? GOOD!!! Want to win tickets? To enter just leave a comment below (with a valid email address) in which you answer the following question:
Who would win in a drinking competition: Deer Tick, Van Morrison, or the entire state of Rhode Island?
We'll announce the winner Friday afternoon at 4pm, so get cracking people.
And just because we love you, here's a quick preview video of the new album to wet your whistle.
The Making of Deer Tick's DIVINE PROVIDENCE: Episode 1 of 3 from Miku & Ryan on Vimeo.