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The Avett Brothers Play Barclays Center Tomorrow Night

March 6th, 2014

Brothers Seth (vocals and guitar) and Scott (vocals, banjo and drums) Avett, and Bob Crawford (bass, violin and vocals) and Joe Kwon (cello, saw and vocals) are known for rowdy, authentic Americana roots, energetic alt-country music, and a healthy dose of bluegrass and folk music. Their eighth studio album, last year’s Magpie and the Dandelion (stream it below), produced by the legendary Rick Rubin, “is chock full of tracks that show the Avett Brothers are (very wisely) growing their sound, while remaining true to their core principles and what listeners like about them to begin with,” said American Songwriter. “It’s clear with this latest effort that the Avett Brothers don’t care much for recent trends and don’t chase after something they think their fans want them to be, but instead is a pure taste of raw musical expression, and the resulting effort is that each track is better than the next.” They hail from North Carolina, but the Avett Brothers (above, performing “Laundry Room” for Live on Letterman ) are coming to Brooklyn to rock Barclays Center tomorrow night. As an added bonus, the like-minded Old Crow Medicine Show kick off the night.

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The Underrated Ours Play The Bowery Ballroom Tonight

December 6th, 2013

Nearly 20 years ago New Jersey native Jimmy Gnecco formed the alternative-rock group Ours. Since then he’s remained the lone constant, performing and recording with a rotating lineup of musicians. The band’s debut, produced by Steve Lillywhite, Distorted Lullabies, came out in 2001, earning comparisons to Jeff Buckley, and a follow-up, Precious, arrived 18 months later. Then Ours (above, performing “Been Down”) spent several years recording with Rick Rubin for what would be released in 2008 as Mercy (Dancing for the Death of an Imaginary Enemy. But Gnecco and Co. returned earlier this year with their fourth LP, the Michael Jackson– and Motown-influenced Ballet the Boxer 1 (stream it below). Catch the final stop on their current tour, along with the Ludlow Thieves and Madame Mayhem, tonight at The Bowery Ballroom.

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Brandi Carlile Plays the Beacon Theatre

October 26th, 2012

Brandi Carlile grew up outside Seattle with an affinity for country music, ’70s rock and a desire to perform, which she first did—with her mom—at just eight years old. She began writing music in her teens, and following stints backing an Elvis impersonator and working in other bands, Carlile (above, playing “The Story” for Austin City Limits) released her self-titled debut LP in 2005. Despite the singer-songwriter’s influences, she considers herself a folk musician, and her following two albums, each acclaimed, got some big-time support with T-Bone Burnett producing 2007’s The Story and Rick Rubin at the helm of Give Up the Ghost two years later. Her most recent disc, Bear Creek, released this past summer, is filled with Carlile’s soaring voice and stories of her family history. See her—along with freak-folk Americana purveyors Blitzen Trapper—on Sunday and Monday at the Beacon Theatre.

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Brandi Carlile Plays The Wellmont Theatre Tomorrow

July 30th, 2012

Brandi Carlile grew up outside Seattle with an affinity for country music, ’70s rock and a desire to perform, which she first did—with her mom—at just eight years old. She began writing music in her teens, and following stints backing an Elvis impersonator and working in other bands, Carlile (above, playing “100” for the Artists Den Spotlight Series) released her self-titled debut LP in 2005. Despite the singer-songwriter’s influences, she considers herself a folk musician, and her following two albums, each acclaimed, got some big-time support with T-Bone Burnett producing 2007’s The Story and Rick Rubin at the helm of Give Up the Ghost two years later. Her most recent disc, Bear Creek, released last month, is filled with Carlile’s soaring voice and stories of her family history. And the accompanying tour brings her to The Wellmont Theatre tomorrow night.