August 11: Deer Tick
Deer Tick may be called indie rock, but are best known for their infusion of sounds rooted in folk, blues and alt-country music. Nevertheless, in part due to singer John McCauley's voice, which has been likened to a hybrid of Kurt Cobain and Gary Louris from the Jayhawks, the influence of grunge in the band’s sound is undeniable. In 2004, McCauley began what would later become Deer Tick at the age of 19 and released the debut album War Elephant in 2007.In May 2009, the band was the first band profiled on BriTunes, the web-only music interview program hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. The band's third album, the Black Dirt Sessions, was released on June 8, 2010.