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MSNBC.com launches indie music series « wonderchroma
BriTunes with Deer Tick

MSNBC.com launches indie music series

Brian Williams = Indie Geek?

10.Aug.09

MSNBC has launched a new online music interview series in which NBC Nightly News anchor, executive producer and all around good guy Brian Williams gets up close and personal with unique, up-and-coming bands/artists.

The series, called BriTunes (meh), opens with a profile of lo-fi folksmen Deer Tick.

Said Williams:

“Okay, so I didn’t name this thing, but I did come up with the idea. I have always loved identifying good music and good groups — discovering them early (bar bands are best) and following them through their journey. While we’ll interview some established musicians, mostly I’d like this to be a place where people can sample some of the great music being created every day, by talented musicians who wouldn’t dream of doing anything else.”

Don’t let that that dapper haircut and unaffected, on-air cool fool you. Williams appears to be a real-life indie music geek/snob. Word on the street is he also voted for Obama.

The inaugural BriTunes episode isn’t the only thing Deer Tick has going for it this summer. John McCauley and Co. will release their second full-length Born On Flag Day on June 23. And on May 30, they’ll be embarking on the longest tour ever.

DEER TICK

Sat-May-30 Baltimore, MD Talking Head
Mon-Jun-08 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero %
Tue-Jun-09 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg %
Wed-Jun-10 Boston, MA House of Blues %
Thu-Jun-11 Washington, DC 9:30 Club %
Fri-Jun-12 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle %
Sat-Jun-13 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone
Sun-Jun-14 St. Louis, MO The Pageant %
Mon-Jun-15 Lawrence, KS Granada %
Tue-Jun-16 Iowa City, IA The Mill
Wed-Jun-17 Omaha, NE Slowdown %
Thu-Jun-18 Lincoln, NE Box Awesome
Sat-Jun-20 Boise, ID Neurolux
Tue-Jun-23 Vancouver, BC Media Club
Wed-Jun-24 Bellingham, WA Wild Buffalo *
Thu-Jun-25 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
Fri-Jun-26 Portland, OR Mission Theatre
Sat-Jun-27 Napa, CA Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Tue-Jun-30 Sacramento, CA Marilyn’s on K *
Wed-Jul-01 San Francisco, CA The Independent *
Thu-Jul-02 Santa Cruz, CA The Crepe Place *
Fri-Jul-03 Visalia, CA The Cellar Door *
Sat-Jul-04 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland *
Sun-Jul-05 Las Vegas, NV Beauty Bar *
Mon-Jul-06 Phoenix, AZ Modified Arts *
Wed-Jul-08 Lubbock, TX Bash Riprocks *
Thu-Jul-09 Austin, TX Emo’s *
Fri-Jul-10 Denton, TX Hailey’s *
Sat-Jul-11 Little Rock, AR Sticky Fingerz *
Sun-Jul-12 Nashville, TN The Basement *
Mon-Jul-13 Lexington, KY Al’s Bar *
Tue-Jul-14 Indianapolis, IN Locals Only *
Wed-Jul-15 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle *
Thu-Jul-16 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern *
Fri-Jul-17 Toronto, ONT Horseshoe Tavern *
Sat-Jul-18 Ottawa, ON Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest
Sun-Jul-19 Ottawa, ON Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest
Mon-Jul-20 Montreal, QC Divan Orange *
Tue-Jul-21 Portland, ME Space Gallery *
Wed-Jul-22 Northampton, MA Iron Horse *
Thu-Jul-23 Wallingford, CT Wallingford American Legion *
Fri-Jul-24 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Sun-Aug-02 Newport, RI Fort Adams State Park / Newport Folk Festival
Fri-Aug-07 Brooklyn, NY Prospect Park Bandshell #
Fri-Oct-02 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Festival
Sat-Oct-03 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Festival
Sun-Oct-04 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Festival
Sat-Oct-10 Joshua Tree, CA Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival
Sun-Oct-11 Joshua Tree, CA Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival

% = w/ Jenny Lewis
* = w/ Dawes
# = w/ Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Thumbnail photo by David Shankbone

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