The seeds of the alt-rock band Deer Tick go back nearly a decade, taking on various incarnations over the years as Rhode Island singer-songwriter John McCauley sought to align his music with his growing up.
What began in 2004 as a duo with hard rock leanings called My Other Face, McCauley began to expand the band after several years on the road developing his songwriting, finding a draw to the outlaw country style and Appalachian-bred music.
Today, Deer Tick exists as an alt-rock quintet with undertones of Americana, grunge, folk and blues, but there's a natural evolution in the melding of sounds that escapes any particular categorization and has positioned McCauley as one of the most well-regarded rock songwriters of his generation.
Though major mainstream success has eluded the band, Deer Tick and McCauley have earned praise from critics and their peers ever since their 2007 debut, "War Elephants," was released on Partisan Records.
The band's 2011 album, "Divine Providence," earned the band coveted reviews from Rolling Stone (3 out of 4 stars) and Paste (8 out of 10 stars), while last year's "Negativity" received positive reviews, as well, and marked McCauley's first album after a long and tumultuous substance abuse battle.
McCauley's gravelly, impassioned vocals most recently caught the attention of Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, who asked McCauley to join them for a Nirvana reunion show following the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
Deer Tick will perform Friday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with Langhorne Slim and The Law. Tickets are $22 and are available online at CharlestonPourHouse.StrangerTickets.com. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m.
Go to CharlestonPourHouse.com or call 571-4343 for more information.
Husband-wife folk-rock duo Johnnyswim began in 2005, nearly five years after musician-singers Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez met at church in Nashville, Tenn.
At the time, Sudano was touring as a backup singer for her mother, Donna Summer, and Ramirez was teaching songwriting workshops and performing in the Nashville scene. Sudano attended one of Ramirez's workshops in 2004, a happenstance that highlighted the couple's chemistry both as songwriters/performers and as love interests.
After releasing their junior effort, "Heart Beats," in 2013, the pair's mainstream popularity began to grow exponentially, thanks to appearances on "The Tonight Show," "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," "A Prairie Home Companion" and NPR's "Tiny Desk Concert."
The duo's new album, "Diamonds," was released in April and is a collection of gospel-tinged, modern folk, blues and rock songs that range from anthemic sing-alongs to ballads with mega-hit potential, strengthening chances of living up to critics' previous high expectations.
Johnnyswim will perform Friday at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., with Johnny Delaware. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18.50 the day of the show, and are available at the Music Hall box office or online at Etix.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.
Call 853-2252 or go to CharlestonMusicHall.com for more information.
The Felice Brothers
Palenville, N.Y., is a small town nestled in the Catskill Mountains with a population that rests just over 1,000.
As the home of fictional Rip Van Winkle, it seems the perfect place for folk music to thrive. After all, both The Felice Brothers and underground folk artist A.A. Bondy call the town home (Bondy by way of Alabama).
But while Palenville is where founding members Ian, Simone and James Felice grew up, it was on the bustling streets of New York that The Felice Brothers really began to take form.
In subway stations, on street corners, around Greenwich Village, the brothers played anywhere they could to peddle their songs for a few extra dollars.
Drawing noticeable influences from Bob Dylan and The Band, The Felice Brothers developed a sound that remains simultaneously vintage and youthful.
Now a five piece, The Felice Brothers draw from inspirations that push past major label constraints.
The band's eighth album, "Celebration, Florida," was released in March 2011 on Fat Possum Records (The Black Keys, Band of Horses, Dinosaur Jr.) and rose to No. 5 on the Billboard 200, making it the group's most commercially successful album to date.
The band's newest album, "Favorite Waitress," is scheduled for release June 17.
The Felice Brothers will perform Sunday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway. Tickets are $15 and are available online at CharlestonPourHouse.Stranger Tickets.com or at the door. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. for the 9:30 p.m. show.
Go to CharlestonPour House.com or call 571-4343 for more information.
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