Middle Brother, a supergroup of rising Gen-Y roots rockers, may just deserve the attention that so often eludes the mid-sequence siblings for whom the band is named.
Jon McCauley, of Deer Tick; Taylor Goldsmith, of Dawes; and Matthew Vasquez, of Delta Spirit might not yet wield the indie capital of another recent (and aesthetically similar) supergroup, the Monsters of Folk (M. Ward, Conor Oberst, and Jim James), but Middle Brother’s self-titled album makes a pretty good case for this J.V. squad of easy-riding neo-folkies.
The band’s tiny oeuvre includes the album’s two thematic centerpieces: “Me, Me, Me” and “Middle Brother,” both of which (but especially the first) evoke ca. 1963 Beatle-pop. Elsewhere, MaCauley sneers mischievous little folk songs while the rangier Goldsmith and Vasquez wail with the sort of soulful desperation that a firstborn son (nor any of the Monsters of Folk, for that matter) could hardly hope to conjure.
The gig is being billed as “Middle Brother w/ Deer Tick and Dawes,” meaning those who attend will likely be treated to songs out of those bands’ repertories as well. Tickets are still available.
MIDDLE BROTHER w/ DAWES and DEER TICK, TONIGHT, 9:30 CLUB, 7 P.M. DOORS, $25