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Deer Tick, Dawes, State Champion Early Warnings (Music) Member Picks Recommended Soundboard

When: Wed., July 15, 9:30 p.m. 2009

When Deer Tick started attracting serious blog hype for 2007’s War Elephant—essentially a solo record by group mastermind John McCauley—it had only just become a proper band with a stable lineup. The heightened expectations whipped up by that early buzz, combined with the fact that nobody in the group was too far past drinking age at the time, seemed like a surefire recipe for a quick flameout. But last month’s Born on Flag Day (Partisan), recorded with all four members aboard, proves they’ve weathered the storm. Deer Tick’s ramshackle retro-Americana has mostly outgrown its awkwardly studied feel—they’ve started to sound like an actual country combo, instead of Providence hipsters pretending to be a country combo—and McCauley seems to have learned exactly how nasally and raspy he can make his vocals before they seriously get on peoples’ nerves. Dawes and State Champion open. —Miles Raymer

Price: $12

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