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The 50 Best Songs of 2009

As part of PopMatters’ 20th anniversary, we are revisiting classic features. Travel back in time a decade ago to 2009, when indie rock was in its full ascendency,and hear the songs that soundtracked the era.

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The Summer of Love Lives on at the High Sierra Music Festival

Four days and nights of near-utopian peace and musical harmony that comes just about as close as modern times can to approximating the “San Francisco scene” of the 1960s.

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The 2012 High Sierra Music Festival: 5 - 8 July 2012 - Quincy, CA

You can never predict when you're going to suddenly stumble across your favorite new band, but it's always a special moment when it happens. And it's bound to happen at a festival like High Sierra.

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Diamond Rugs: Diamond Rugs

Deer Tick's John McCauley calls all his rowdy friends over for a good old fashioned barroom stomper of a record.

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Deer Tick: 9 June 2012 - Chicago

Deer Tick stormed the Metro in Chicago Saturday June 9 alongside the Turbo Fruits and Chicago locals Scott Lucas and the Married Men.

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Various Artists: The Inbetweeners Movie (Soundtrack)

The soundtrack plays like one long party, with a couple of tender moments sprinkled in here and there for a little, shall we call it, diversity.

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Something to Brag About: An Interview with Deer Tick

Hundreds of disposable cameras? Alter-egos known as "Captain Tipsy"? Determining what makes a Tickhead? All in a day's work for Deer Tick, who tells PopMatters all about it while still basking in the critical glow of its latest disc.

Allison Taich
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Deer Tick + Guards: 14 November 2011 - Chicago

Attending a Deer Tick show comes with an unspoken disclaimer: the closer you are to the stage, the more likely you are to get spit on, sprayed with beer, or better yet both.

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Deer Tick + Guards: 31 October 2011 - San Diego, CA

Guards are opening up for Deer Tick tonight and the New York City band is not going to let the headliners from Rhode Island have all the Halloween fun.

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Deer Tick: Divine Providence

There's a lack of musical exploration here, but the Providence alt-country rockers embrace their love for booze and rebellion more than ever on this record.

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Another Great Taco- and Tune-Filled SXSW: A Long Weekend Photo Essay

Another great South By weekend. Thanks for the tacos, the drinks and the music... delicious.

Michael Ritchie
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Deer Tick: The Black Dirt Sessions

Deer Tick is far too talented to keep settling on making album rock for waking up cotton-mouthed in the back of a pick-up truck.

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Dr. Dog + Deer Tick: 15 May 2010 - New York

Playing over 20 songs for more than an hour and a half, Dr. Dog's electrifying performance whizzed by.

David Reyneke
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Deer Tick + Everest: 5 March 2010 - Los Angeles

Los Angeles' Natural History Museum gets schooled in Rebellion 101 by riotous rockers Deer Tick.

Melissa Bobbitt
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