John McCauley and Deer Tick of Providence, Rhode Island have seemingly prided themselves on being a band you think you can safely corner into a genre classification — just before they switch things up.
Is the band a ragged, easily pegged alt-country act behind its first two releases “War Elephant” and “Born on Flag Day”? Is it the emotive, reflective quintet of songs like “Goodbye, Dear Friend” on “The Black Dirt Sessions”; or it it the bourbon-soaked kicks and keys of runaway tracks that line 2011’s “Divine Providence”?
Thankfully, McCauley and Co. are now an unpredictable bit of everything, which should be elemental to its current spring acoustic tour with opener Mutual Benefit, due to roll into Buffalo March 19 in Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.).
Its 2013 album “Negativity” displayed even more depth and versatility for a band that continues to evolve, all while still anchored to the tattered rock roots that first introduced its brand to listeners.
But for the “Let’s All Go To The Bar” band that has taken the stage in yachting attire when the occasion has demanded — as it did for its rollicking 2014 Newport Folk Festival performance — Deer Tick’s inherent strength remains in its live shows, which should be evident at the Tralf, unplugged or otherwise.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 (box office, Ticketmaster).