Middle Brother

Listen To One Of Middle Brother's Many Great SXSW Sets

It really goes without saying that NPR does the lord's work and by lord I of course mean Lord Susselberry of Edinterd, but that is neither here nor in Edinterd. One of the latest gems being offered up from their music utopia is a set from South By Southwest by none other than SHA favorites Middle Brother. Unfortunately there's no professional video of the set but that doesn't stop it from being memorable as you do get to hear a band member (sounds like John McCauley?) profess to their mom about the first time they tried acid. Considering how it all turned out I'm sure she is still pretty proud. Good times. Lesson to learn from this set? Shouting can be really expressive and sound pretty too.


  • "Blue Eyes"
  • "Blood And Guts"
  • "Me Me Me"
  • "Someday"
  • "Thanks for Nothing"
  • "Middle Brother"

Watch Middle Brother Rock Me, Me, Me At The Invisible Children Benefit

Awesome alert. For us here at SHA headquarters the most exciting release that has been announced for 2011 so far is the self-titled debut of Middle Brother, the band formerly known as MG&V featuring the frontmen of the various awesome bands Delta Spirit, Deer Tick and Dawes. A while back the band played their first official gig as Middle Brother as part of a benefit for Invisible Children, and now thanks to Friends With Both Arms we have some video of the occasion, more specifically a rollicking version of the first single "Me, Me, Me".

If their twitter account is to believed a tour announcement will come tomorrow, but in the meantime you can preview all the tracks from the album at the Partisan Records store. Spoiler alert: it sounds fantastic. If you want to check out the studio version after falling in love with the video above, it is streaming below. Rock.

Middle Brother Detail Self-Titled Debut, Announce Benefit Show

Look at silly me, whining about no John McCauley solo shows out west only to learn he will indeed be playing a solo set out west, even better he is bringing his new (super)group with him for their first official gig as Middle Brother. Formerly known by the uber creative MG&V, the new band features McCauley along with Delta Spirit's Matthew Vasquez and Dawes' Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith. That is some seriously legit songwriting there.

As for the previously mentioned gig, that will be taking place at The Troubadour on December 20th as part of a benefit for the Invisible Children charity. Tickets are only $15 and are still available, and it's a benefit so get on it. The awesome doesn't stop there as the band have also released some details about their self-titled debut which will hit stores March 1st. Pre-orders for the twelve song set are already available at the Partisan Records store.

So you can get a taste of what to expect when Middle Brother is released here is a video of the band performing the opening track "Daydreaming". Good times. Tracklisting is available after the jump.   [via jambase]

Deer Tick's John McCauley And Ian O'Neil Announce Acoustic Shows

Well this is pretty gosh darn exciting albeit it without any love for the west coast. After releasing one of my favorite albums of the year in The Black Dirt Sessions, Deer Tick frontman John McCauley will be joined by the other guy that plays guitar and sings in his band, Ian O'Neil, for a small run of acoustic shows on the east coast in January. Adding to the awesome is the description of what will be performed: Deer Tick numbers old and new mixed in with some covers, as well as songs from McCauley's super exciting side project Middle Brother, which sees McCauley joined by fellow frontmen Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes and Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit. That's a healthy heaping of awesome right there so the news that their songs will be making their way out in to the wild is pretty radical, now if they could just head out west.    [via grimy goods]

  • Fri-Jan-14 Boston, MA Middle East Upstairs
  • Sat-Jan-15 Providence, RI Met Café
  • Sun-Jan-16 Northampton, MA Iron Horse
  • Wed-Jan-19 New York, NY City Winery
  • Thu-Jan-20 New Haven, CT Daniel Street
  • Fri-Jan-21 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church Santuary
  • Sat-Jan-22 York, PA Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center
  • Sun-Jan-23 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel