June 24, 2009

Stop your parents’ car, I just saw a shooting star

I am riveted every time I see the Avett Brothers perform their gloriously pure-hearted, bold music in any setting — whether it’s a gondola, a tour bus, a garage in Concord, backstage before a show, or at the desk of a lucky NPR editor. I still do not know any live band like them, and I’ve done quite a bit of research on the matter. They play three songs here, and I am particularly drawn to the first (new) one, “Laundry Room”:

Close the laundry door, tiptoe across the floor
Keep your clothes on . . . I’ve got all that I can take


Watch the whole desk concert at NPR

The Avetts come through Colorado for four shows the week in August of my thirtieth birthday. I spent my 29th birthday with them last year, and I think this will be a pretty damn fine way to welcome a new decade.

Their big Rick-Rubin-produced major label debut album I And Love and You is out September 29th and you can hear four new songs (plus four old ones) from the Non-Comm Convention in Philly a few weeks ago as well.

UPDATE: The title track from the new album was just posted today over on Spinner (!!):

I and Love and You – The Avett Brothers (via Spinner)

(there are many)
6.25.09 – The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
6.26.09 – Hoyt Sherman Theatre, Des Moines, IA
6.27.09 – Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater, Minneapolis, MN
6.28.09 – House of Blues, Chicago, IL
7.02.09 – Comerica Cityfest
(FREE!) Detroit, MI
7.09.09 – Harrison Opera House, Norfolk, VA
7.10.09 – The National, Richmond, VA
7.11.09 – Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre, Roanoke, VA
7.12.09 – Forecastle Festival, Louisville, KY
7.16.09 – St. Augustine Amphitheater, St. Augustine, FL
7.17.09 – House of Blues, Lake Buena Vista, FL
7.18.09 – The Cuban Club, Tampa, FL
7.19.09 – The Parker Playhouse, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
7.24.09 – House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, SC
7.25.09 – House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, SC
7.30.09 – Thursday At The Square
(FREE!) Buffalo, NY
7.31.09 – Westcott Theater, Syracuse, NY
8.01.09 – Folk Festival 50, Newport, RI
8.02.09 – Calvin Theater, Northampton, MA
8.04.09 – Bottle & Cork, Dewey Beach, DE
8.08.09 – Bojangles Coliseum, Charlotte, NC
8.14.09 – Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music, Ozark, AR
8.15.09 – Crossroads, Kansas City, MO
8.16.09 – Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE
8.19.09 – Sunset Concert Series, Telluride, CO

8.20.09 – Steamboat Springs Free Summer, Steamboat Spgs, CO
8.21.09 – Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO
8.22.09 – Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO
8.25.09 – Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City, UT
8.26.09 – Knitting Factory Concert House, Boise, ID
8.28.09 – Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
8.29.09 – Britt Festival, Jacksonville, OR
8.30.09 – Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco, CA
9.01.09 – HSU Van Duzer Theater, Arcata, CA
9.03.09 – Grand Sierra Theatre, Reno, NV
9.04.09 – Strawberry Music Festival, Camp Mather, CA
9.05.09 – Orpheum Theatre Los Angeles, CA
9.17.09 – North Charleston P.A.C,, North Charleston, SC
9.18.09 – Westobou Festival, Augusta, GA
9.19.09 – The Moon, Tallahassee, FL
9.20.09 – Bama Theatre, Tuscaloosa, AL
9.22.09 – The Lyric Oxford, Oxford, MS
9.24.09 – Minglewood Hall, Memphis, TN
9.25.09 – Robinson Center Music Hall, Little Rock, AR
9.26.09 – Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
9.27.09 – Granada Theater, Dallas, TX
9.29.09 – Baton Rouge River Center Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA
10.01.09 – House of Blues, New Orleans, LA
10.02.09 – Austin City Limits Festival, Austin, TX
10.03.09 – Rose State PAC, Midwest City, OK
10.05.09 – Lovett Auditorium Murray, KY
10.15.09 – Rams Head Live,, Baltimore, MD
10.16.09 – Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
10.17.09 – Terminal 5, New York, NY
10.18.09 – House of Blues, Boston, MA
10.20.09 – Englert Theatre, Iowa City, IA
10.21.09 – The Barrymore Theatre, Madison, WI
10.23.09 – Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
10.24.09 – The Canopy Club, Urbana, IL
10.26.09 – Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI

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  • I thought I was excited for the new album before… so good. Thanks.

    Jamie — June 24, 2009 @ 11:31 am

  • This and the Yarn song — dead link?

    Dave — June 25, 2009 @ 7:29 am

  • Having some site troubles, but it should be fixed now – thanks.

    browneheather — June 25, 2009 @ 8:01 am

  • OK now for reals. Bigger problem than we thought, but all the mp3s should work now. Thanks!

    browneheather — June 25, 2009 @ 10:50 am

  • What a coincidence, I’m going to see them in Boulder as a birthday present too.

    Carvin — June 25, 2009 @ 11:19 am

  • lovely!! happy early birthday. it’s a good week to be born.

    browneheather — June 25, 2009 @ 11:47 am

  • Love the Avett Brothers. They sound like a countrified version of Counting Crows.

    Mark — June 25, 2009 @ 12:55 pm

  • [...] Avett Brothers continue to gather rave reviews from those who know music best.  Hear some new songs by the band and grab a free [...]

    Music News Recap: Soundtrack To Summer « True Endeavors Presents… — June 25, 2009 @ 11:08 pm

  • So happens that the Boulder show is on my bday as well. Starting to get wierd…

    Buck — June 26, 2009 @ 8:18 am

  • Heather,

    I’d never heard of the Avett Brothers until I read about them on your blog, and they sounded interesting. Then one day I heard “Talk On Indolence” on an Internet radio station (taproot radio) and now I can’t stop listening to them! Thanks for that. I’m going to check out their show in Boulder in August.

    Jeff C. — June 26, 2009 @ 9:28 am

  • Just had the great fortune of seeing them in concert this week … one of the best live shows I have ever seen!

    Carol — June 28, 2009 @ 7:03 am

  • With the two free Colorado shows, it’s really tempting to take some time off work and make it a long weekend comprised of 4 Avett shows. I feel like I need to stock up in case they don’t come back again for a while, given that they only came through the Denver area for Monolith last year.

    Jeff — June 30, 2009 @ 9:53 pm

  • Yay! And finally coming to Arkansas.

    Milton — July 2, 2009 @ 1:42 pm

  • Happy Birthday Heather, Carvin and Buck! You couldn’t be in better company!

    Matt — August 19, 2009 @ 3:19 pm

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

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