There’s something refreshingly honest about the way singer-songwriter John McCauley of Deer Tick delivers his unapologetic lyrics. His brazen vocals are backed by upbeat instrumentals. In an interview on NPR’s “World Café,” McCauley said that a lot of personal turmoil provided inspiration for the band’s fifth album, Negativity, released in 2013. The Providence, Rhode Island-based quartet appears at The Orange Peel in the middle of a tour that spans the U.S. and goes international this summer. Saturday, May 17, at 9 p.m. Langhorne Slim (roots rockers and regular visitors to Asheville) co-bill; The Districs (a Fat Possum-signed quartet from Pennsylvania) open. $15 advance, $17 day of show. theorangepeel.net. Photo by Anna Webber — Katie Souris
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