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NBC News Anchor Brian Williams A Big Deer Tick Fan

BREAKING NEWS! This just in, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams is a huge Deer Tick fan — he considers them to be “a great band.”

(OK, so this isn’t “breaking news” — we just couldn’t resist.)

Back in April, Williams interviewed Deer Tick on MSNBC’s “BriTunes”, Williams’ own music video channel. He’s saluted iTunes and YouTube as outlets to discover new music, so it makes sense that he’d create his own channel.

The band (John J. McCauley III, guitar, vocals, Nikki Darlin’s fiance; Ian P. O’Neil, guitar, vocals; Christopher D. Ryan, bass, vocals; Dennis M. Ryan, drums, vocals) discussed some of their own favorites, as well as some of their influences. They also released “20 Miles” from their latest album, The Black Dirt Sessions, which is out now on Partisan Records. Listen to that track here while you’re watching the interview.

So HERE IS THE REAL BREAKING NEWS! (Yes, we’ve gone and buried the lede.) You can download The Black Dirt Sessions at Amazon.com for $3.99!

“Deer Tick’s front man, John McCauley got an early start as a teenage singer-songwriter in Providence, a scene known for genre-busting noise music. But it’s country rock he’s plowed his old soul into, and on his band’s flat-out great forthcoming album, The Black Dirt Sessions, you hear not just heartbreak (“Christ Jesus” alone constitutes an album’s worth) but a hint of the tumbling-down noise of his hometown’s sound-much of it in his aching, ripped-to-shreds voice. Live, the band delivers hellfire.” – New York Magazine

Deer Tick tour dates:
06/18 – Richmond, VA Brown’s Island
07/17 – Providence, RI Jerky’s
07/19 – Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s $
07/20 – Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s *
07/21 – Baltimore, MD Ottobar #
07/22 – Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel *
07/23 – Floyd, VA Floyd Fest
07/24 – Floyd, VA Floyd Fest
07/25 – Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre %
07/27 – Orlando, FL The Social %
07/28 – Miami, FL White Room %
07/29 – Tampa, FL Crobar %
07/30 – Talahassee, FL Engine Room %
07/31 – Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre %
08/01 – Nashville, TN Exit In %
08/03 – Oxford, MS Proud Larry’s %
08/04 – Memphis, TN Hi-Tone %
08/05 – St. Louis, MO Off Broadway %
08/06 – Chicago, IL Lollapalooza
08/07 – Chicago, IL Lollapalooza
08/08 – Chicago, IL Lollapalooza
08/09 – Toledo, OH Mickey Finn’s
08/10 – Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern
08/11 – Cleveland, OH Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
08/12 – York, PA Capitol Theater
08/13 – New York, NY Webster Hall

* = w/ Wye Oak
# = w/ Dawes
% = w/ Dead Confederate
$ = w/ Jonny Corndawg

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