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Middle Brother Finally Gets Noticed

Courtesy Big Hassle

Middle Brother is a supergroup made up of Matt Vazquez of Delta Spirit, John McCauley of Deer Tick, and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes.

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In late December, I had the opportunity to go to the famous Troubadour in Los Angeles for a benefit for Invisibile Children, headlined by Middle Brother. The band is a mini-supergroup featuring Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, John McCauley of Deer Tick and Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit. While sharing vocal duties, this band is the real deal, and it's finally doing a proper tour, with a stop at the Loft at UCSD for your listening and viewing pleasure. I might be biased and prefer Goldsmith's vocal stylings, but as a group, the harmonies are gorgeous, and the songs let the guys let loose. This week, members of Dawes backed Robbie Robertson on TV appearances on David Letterman and The Today Show, which should solidify their cred as one of the best workng bands around. Trust me when I tell you that this is a show not to be missed.

Friday, April 8:

  • Middle Brother, Jonny Corndawg @ The Loft, UCSD
  • British Sea Power, A Classic Education, Republic of Letters @ Casbah
  • Grand Tarantula, Primitive Noyes, Lands on Fire @ Soda Bar
  • Club Pussy Galore, featuring the Hot Moon, Martian Horses, Vanja James, DJs Robin Roth & Terryn S.@ Whistle Stop
  • Dick Dale, Matthew Moon @ Belly Up
  • Old Tiger, Owl Eyes, the War Admiral @ Eleven
  • G. Love and Special Sauce, the Belle Brigade @ House of Blues
  • Pocket @ Bar Pink
  • Cro-Mags, Noisegod, Bumbklaatt @ O'Connell's
  • Cro-Mags pre-party early show, with Let the Night Roar @ The Shakedown (free, 5 p.m.)
  • Hang Zero @ The Shakedown
  • Diana Death’s Frijole Fest 2011 feat. Los Sweepers, Bagdad, My Revenge, Death Hymn No 5, Chinese Rocks @ Tower Bar
  • Pilots, Luna Is Honey, Inspired and the Sleep, Beauty College @ Tin Can
  • Deep Jazz Trip, DJ JK @ Til Two Club
  • Total Science (DnB) @ Ruby Room
  • Cedar Fire, Mundy Knights, Revenge Club & Accoutrements @ Ken Club
  • Raul Mindon @ Anthology (7:30 p.m.) -- watch it live later tonight on SoundDiego.com
  • Joe Louis Walker @ Anthology (9:30 pm)
  • Rio Peligroso @ Riviera
  • Chairs Missing (circus video filming -- costume required) @ Park Gallery
  • Feel the Noise Electro Dance, with DJs Gabe Vega and Dj the Captain @ U-31
  • Carl Durant (CD release), Jess Hudak, Jesse Thomas @ Lestat's
  • Flight 93 Benefit, with Burden of Truth, Beneath Lanston, Crystal Wyatt, Silence Betrayed, Aghori, Gemini Syndrome @ Brick By Brick
  • Happy Hour with Atomic Groove @ Belly Up
  • The Devastators @ Winston's
  • Pau Hana, J.A.M. Kwest @ 710 Beach Club
  • The Inheritance, TONS, Sunderland, the Red Ribbon Army, This Is Confusing, Blessie @ Epicentre
  • Silent Vice, Monkeys In Space, Oculus Sinister, Hundred Caliber, the Foundation of @ Soma
  • Stone Senses @ Bar Leucadian
  • Acme Rhythm & Blues Revue @ Humphreys Backstage Lounge (5-7 p.m.)
  • Rising Star @ Humphreys Backstage Lounge (8 p.m.)
  • Califarians @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Sidekicks Duo @ Donovan's Circle of Fifths
  • SwagFest 2k11, featuring Shawnna, D.O.P.E., Gudda Gudda @ 4th & B
  • Shayvision (film screening)@ Birch North Park Theatre
  • Fam for Japan Benefit. featuring Broken Dreams, the West Indies, Brother Nature, Shag @ Portugalia
  • Scream!, featuring Shortee, Amanda Rose, Tonic, Turbo Teen, Artistic, Snowlin, Mastre, Dropset @ Worldbeat Center (all ages; doors at 6 p.m.)
  • John Foltz @ The Marble Room
  • ToDash @ Stage Bar & Grill
  • Chrostopher Lawrence, Victor Dinaire @ Voyeur
  • SanDiegoHouseMusic.com Launch Party @ Analog
  • Zenbu Fridays, with DJ Leif @ Zenbu Cardiff
  • D-Cup, Adam Salter, Eric Diaz, Gabe Vega @ El Dorado
  • Raiz, Dean Paul, Paul Najera, Bala, Jon Doss @ Spin
  • Fluxx*edelic with DJ Cobra @ Fluxx
  • Strut, featuring Sergio Santos, Halo, Chris Herrera @ Kava Lounge
  • T.S.O.L. @ The Vault (Temecula)
  • Dame Evelyn Glennie @ Copley Symphony Hall
  • Athenaeum Jazz, featuring Chico Pinhiero Group with Bob Mintzer @ Neurosciences Institute

Rosemary Bystrak writes about the San Diego music scene, events, and general musings about life in San Diego onSan Diego: Dialed In. She does social media for the Casbah, books at West Coast Tavern West Coast Tavern, and is trying her hand at band management. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

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