I saw the Avett Brothers earlier this year. Best show I’ve ever seen, hands down. One great thing about the show was the demographic spread. I was grabbing a beer before they came on and there was a guy behind me with his three-year-old. There were other kids there, too, and a number of retirees. Lots of hippies and college kids, naturally. If you ever get a chance to see them, you should.
This is an older tune, but still one of my favorites.
They’re one of those bands whose albums are so good that you’re a little surprised by just how much more amazing they are live.
Sweet jeebus you mangled that formatting. Fixt.
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Wow. Balloon Juice just exploded.
How are we supposed to flame you if you post innocuous stuff like this? This Avett Brothers of which you speak, they are some covert Right Winger band right?
i do not see the appeal of the Avett Brothers or their music. the faux sensitivity and hipster beards rub me the wrong way, and the lyrics are just annoying.
Maybe it’s because my musical tastes are stuck in the 1920s, with the Skillet Likkers, Seven Foot Dilly and His Dill Pickles, Frank Blevins, Lowe Stokes, and Uncle Dave Macon.
Seven Foot Dilly doing the Bibb County Hoedown.
Those are very hairy dudes. Does Sully know about them?
They are appearing, in the not too distant future, with the very lovely Ms. Brandi Carlile, who is likewise a much more stunning live performer than her (quite good) albums would suggest.
“If I get murdered in the city”?
Paranoia strikes deep.
Must be a generational thing. I don’t care for the Avett Brothers, but my wife loves them.
Yeah….. facial hair…. that’s the proper standard by which to evaluate music.
I recently discovered the Avetts through my 22 year old son. “Emotionalism” is excellent. “I And Love And You”, produced by Rick Rubin, is even better. Great melodies and lyrics. They’re playing a Halloween show at the Ryman, 100 miles up the road, but it’s sold out. Tickets are going for $200.00. Maybe next time….
Here’s their NPR Tiny Desk concert.
I hadn’t heard of these guys. I enjoyed this; thanks!
My favorite beards ‘n’ sensitivity band is still Fleet Foxes, tho.
I did not even know this was a genre.
Did Ted Nugent open for them or something? What were you doing there?
Was this a Rock Neoconcert?
First in with the obligatory Split Lip Rayfield pimping…
being from NC, i’ve seen them multiple times and was more annoyed by their shows each time i saw them — to the point of not really wanting to see them again. and it’s not their performances (which are usually quite good). it’s their crowds. they’re the most obnoxious, sing-at-the-top-of-your-lungs crowd i’ve witnessed (and i’ve been to a lot of shows). also, the avetts major label debut was pretty lame imo. but their first few albums are good (mignonette, four thieves gone, emotionalism) EXCEPT whenever that old producer of theirs decides to get in on the action. he’s no good.
sidenote: i used to be in the same cello section as their cellist in a youth sympony 15ish years ago.
Yeah, but where have they disappeared to? Probably sweating the curse of the sophomore album.
Thanks for the heads-up. I listened to a couple of her songs; me likey. A very comely lass also, too.
Their earlier albums, which are much more bluegrass-y, don’t do as much for me. Their hardcore fans complain that Rubin overproduced their latest album, but to my ear, he just made them more interesting.
Not only the best show I’ve seen musically, but the energy that they put out–and that the crowd exhibited–was phenomenal. Its not often that a band gets a bunch of 5 year old to 80 year old white guys to explode in enthusiasm.
um yeah. I pretty much explained in the very next paragraph what my musical tastes are.
the fact that they have hipster beards has nothing to do with my dislike of their music (which i dislike), although it does have the same effect on me that Led Zepplin album covers had on Joe Strummer.
The video was cool, but I’m not gonna go to one of their concerts until I know exactly where they stand on the Cordoba Center, fundamental marriage rights and whether they deserve equal protection of the law, whether the 14th amendment should be repealed, whether more economic stimulus is needed, whether we are even going to pass a climate change bill or an immigration bill and why they thing Republicans lie and smear all the bloody time.
and anyway, as i often do when mentions of bon iver or the avett bros. come up: my favorite band out of NC has to be megafaun. and even though they migrated from wisconsin, they have a much more authentic blending of bluegrass/country/blues sounds than the avett brothers ever have.
“I And Love And You”
Damn it is good.
Had never heard these guys until today. I love Balloon-Juice.
Yeah, it’s been postponed a few times now. The lead singer has been doing some solo stuff, touring with Joanna Newsom, I believe.
what they do isn’t even close to bluegrass.
shotgun party blows those dudes away by a mile (disclosure: i used to be in a band with the fiddle player katy cox).
check ’em out yourself and you will be in love.
@john b: i meant to say a blending of country/blues/bluegrass and rock (plus experimental and improv)
Hmm, putting this and the National together, I wonder if you like the Mountain Goats. Or perhaps Midlake?
Gotta be my favorite Avett Bros song. One of the best songs ever about familial love, because – let’s face it – familial resentment is more typical song fodder.
I also recommend watching paint dry.
First, The National, and now, the Avett Brothers?
Screw politics, because damn, New Mr. Front Pager has some excellent taste in music.
The Avett’s strike me as the type of group you either love or hate. I happen to love them. Here’s some well done live videos from Bonnaroo this year:
I and Love and You
Yeah, what is this? Are you trying to win us over with your hipness?
I’m an old new waver so I dont get the beards, but I like “My heart like a kick-drum” a lot.
Damn dude, you are a reasonable conservative.
I agree about the Avetts: amazing live shows. Saw them first at the Telluride Bluegrass Fest. They were fiesty. We called their music thrash-grass: bluegrass roots with some angry punk thrown in. They’ve gotten better since then.
they just toured with Thao with the Get down Stay Down, a band that i think is absolutely amazing. Wish i could’ve been to those shows..
Stuck in the Funhouse
Man,. just when this blog is giving heartburn something wonderful comes along to make it all worthwhile. Have just been listening to these guys songs on Youtube and simply love their music, that I had not heard of. Thank you Mr. Kain.
If the song in that video is indicative of their style, I vote for indifference with a dash of boredom.
So … does that mean you’re old enough to be her dad, or she’s old enough to be your mom?
Or is there some other meaning of generational that I’m missing here?
Music thread – cool!
So has anyone heard the new Arcade Fire CD yet? How is it?
Stuck in the Funhouse
@Toast: It’s not indicative of their style. Have listened to several others just now, and they strike me as a young semi like The Band, or that type of indefinable music that is a little bit of several styles. The lead singer even occasionally hits a note that sounds eerily like Levon Helm.
“Its not often that a band gets a bunch of 5 year old to 80 year old white guys to explode in enthusiasm.”
Went to a Pink Martini show last winter with a group of friends ranging in age from 8 to about 85.
In the row in front of us was two parents and their three year old daughter. Pink Martini was the daughter’s favorite band.
Not dinging the Avett’s, just sharing the love.
And not for nothing, but The Band played ass-kicking old-school rural hillbilly white boy R&B. They cut their teeth with Ronnie Hawkins, then on Dylan’s electric tour.
The Avetts are all well and good, but The Band they are not.
Agree on both counts, however, unfortunately (if you’re a guy) she’s only interested in other comely lasses.
I saw her live with A Fine Frenzy (Alison Sudol), another very comely lass, who, as far as I know, is interested in lads.
@JGabriel: Means she’s 10 years younger than I am, but she’s a young 35, and I’m an old 45.
Glad there’s some other Avett founds round these parts. Can’t understand the haters, though. Then again, I never could understand disparaging any music…
They put out an album with their father Jim Avett that is worth checking out if you like spirituals.
I like ’em. I don’t either love ’em or hate ’em, so I guess that makes me bipartisan on this issue. Hm. I am now listening to I and Love and You, and while the grammar of the title makes me shudder, I am really digging the tune. I will have to listen to more of their music.
P.S. Anyone who employs a cellist is aces in my book.
Stuck in the Funhouse
@asiangrrlMN: I liked Laundry Room best of the three I listened to.
I’m with you, brendan.
I don’t know, how many songs about ‘Pretty Girl From ____” does one band need? If you answered ‘multiple’, then take your pick: Raleigh, Chile, The Airport, etc.
North Carolina always meant the Squirrel Nut Zippers to me, but then I’m not very sophisticated.
23 year old daughter was going to see the Avett Brothers at the Pageant in STL, then had a chance to go see a show at Red Rock (wish I had her money). So I quickly volunteered that me and the misses, both 52, would take the tickets off her hands. So that covers the kids and gray hairs going to their show in St Louis. My generation may have destroyed the world, but at least some of us taught our children to value good music.
Edward G. Talbot
Thanks E.D. – never heard them before, but the song you posted, Murder in The City is amazing.
I went to their site to listen to other songs and I didn’t care all that much for most of them – nice easy listening, just not my cup of tea. I’m not sure why I love murder in the city so much more. It’s interesting that on some of their early stuff, they didn’t quite have the harmony down, but by their later stuff they do it really well.
I did like Tin Man and Kick Drum heart off their latest album.
If you don’t know Hayes Carll, you might check out his music. His latest album has a few good songs, including Beaumont, I got a Gig, and the hilarious “She left me for Jesus”
@TR: It all depends on how many pretty girls you encounter I imagine.
@Edward G. Talbot:
Glad you liked the song. I think this one in particular just stirs a lot of emotion in people. Every time.
Don’t you mean listening to paint dry? Even less exciting.