If I was to make a list of must-see bands most certainly near the top of it would be the country-infused, folk-rock band Deer Tick. John McCauley & Co. put on rowdy and raucous live shows, that may very well give The Hold Steady a run for the title of the world’s greatest bar band. The Providence-based act, who recently wrapped up a gig opening for Dr. Dog, will release their third studio album The Black Dirt Sessions on June 8 and will hit the road shortly after that for a tour that kicks off on June 18 at Brown’s Island in Richmond, VA and is currently slated to wrap on August 13, with their biggest headlining show to date at NYC’s Webster Hall.
If you’re not into a night with the country-infused roots act, than maybe you’ll be interested in hitting one of these recently announced tours…
- Rogue Wave continue to tour behind their new album Permalight
- Chromeo bring their electro-dance-rock to a town near you
- Eels line up a 46-date world tour that stretches into mid-October
- Here We Go Magic mix festival and headlining shows this summer
- Hipster friendly kids show Yo Gabba Gabba line up a massive tour
- Counting Crows will hit the road again with their Traveling Circus
Finally, late last year I became completely infatuated with Phosphorescent’s loving ode to Willie Nelson - To Willie – which dug deep into the country legend’s catalog for its song selections. As the follow up the Brooklyn-based act recently released Here’s to Taking It Easy, which has a similar laid back, country music vibe and works perfectly as summer late-night drinking music. Matthew Houck & Co. have lined up an extensive world tour in support of the album that includes a free show as part of the River Rocks festival on Pier 54, with like-minded “Cosmic American” band Dawes, on July 8.