Minnesota's always had a soft spot for scruffy alt-country and its various flannel-favoring permutations, so perhaps it was inevitable that the Cities would eventually fall hard for Deer Tick, who graduate from rapturously received sold-out smaller gigs at spots like the Triple Rock Social Club to First Avenue's mainroom. The Providence-based quintet led by the cigarette-stained croak of John McCauley is the rare Americana act with true punk-rock passion flowing in its veins — it's hard to imagine any other similarly minded act convincingly morphing into a Nirvana cover band. (The group's been known to perform Cobain-copping sets under the cheeky moniker Deervana.) Deer Tick's latest, Divine Providence, strikes just the right balance between the shit-kickin' steel-toed-boot garage-rock of "Let's All Go to the Bar" and sweet campfire sing-alongs like 89.3 the Current staple "Miss K." With Turbo Fruits and Scott Lucas & the Married Men. 18+.
Thu., June 7, 6 p.m., 2012