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Watch The Avett Brothers take a ride with death in the new song “High Steppin'”

Avett Brothers | photo by Crackerfarm | courtesy of the artist

Just in the nick of time for summer, The Avett Brothers released an upbeat single called “High Steppin.” The song is a departure from their typical bluegrass, folk sound, and veers heavily towards country-pop.

Despite this, “High Steppin” is not your typical country hit, mixing in electronic beats alongside piano and fiddle. The music video, also released today, provides just the right amount of quirk to compliment the track. Scott Avett is clad in a bedazzled, red cowboy suit and a large brimmed beige cowboy hat. He drives a truck down your typical country backroads. That may not seem too out of the ordinary, except for the fact that none other than his brother, Seth Avett is perched in the backseat dressed in a skeleton suit. Throughout the video, he presumably masquerades as death.  Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Celebrate ten years of Brandi Carlile’s The Story with Dolly Parton, Jim James, The Avett Brothers, Adele and more

Brandi Carlile | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Ten years ago, Brandi Carlile vaulted into the music scene with her 2007 breakthrough album The Story. Now, a new tribute covers album is on the way called Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates Ten Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child.  It features a bevy of well-known artists including Dolly Parton and her wonderful cover of Brandi’s “The Story.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Belly at Union Transfer, The Avett Brothers at Musikfest, PnB Rock at Chameleon Club and more…

Belly, circa mid 90s | Photo by Stephen Di Rado | via bellyofficial.com

’90s dream pop band Belly is back after 20 years off. Yup, it’s true, and they’re playing Union Transfer tonight. New music is promised to be released soon, but it’s a safe bet you’ll hear some of it live tonight. Relive the classic “Feed The Tree” below and get any more info you need on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Avett Brothers’ new album True Sadness

The Avett Brothers | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
The Avett Brothers | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

Folk scene favorites turn rock stars The Avett Brothers are back this summer with a long-awaited new album called True Sadness. As we heard when they previewed the album at a knockout Mann Center show last month, the new album is a heartfelt mix of revved-up pop tunes and sentimental ballads with exquisite production by Rick Rubin.

The album is out this Friday on American recordings – and you can get an advance listen to the entire thing care of NPR Music’s First Listen. Continue reading →

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The Avett Brothers added to Musikfest lineup

The Avett Brothers | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
The Avett Brothers | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

After a stunning performance at the Mann Center earlier this month, The Avett Brothers have announced an end of the summer slot at Musikfest. The folk / rock band of brothers and friends are on tour in support of their ninth studio record True Sadness and will bring the album to the Bethlehem, PA venue on August 14th.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Avett Brothers at the Mann, Anyee Wright at Foxtail Fest, Gallant at Electric Factory and more…

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The Avett Brothers | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

The Avett Brothers will headline the Mann Center tonight, previewing their forthcoming record True Sadness. It’s the band’s ninth studio record, so by now the brothers have developed a deep understanding of what makes them tick; Seth Avett detailed their influences, motives and thoughts in a letter earlier this spring, which you can read here. Listen to the title track below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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