The Avett Brothers and Low Anthem are playing at Memorial Auditorium in Athens on Wednesday (2/24), a show co-presented by Ohio University Performing Arts and Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville. The Low Anthem played a great show last August at the Summit; in a preview, Ben described them well, saying, “I think it’s a better descriptor to focus more on the ‘lore’ that is implied with folk. The songs are intimate and poetic stories, full of history and conjuring a sense of place.”
I’m of the mind that Rick Rubin made the Avetts sound so silky smooth on the brothers’ new record (I and Love and You) that their roots-punk attitude just disappeared, being replaced by a glut of ballads with schmaltzy piano and drippy strings. But… that’s not a complaint you’ll ever heard about the band’s live show. The bros still bring it on stage.
We’ve got a pair to tickets to give away to this show. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject AVETT ANTHEM. A winner will be chosen on Tuesday night. You can also buy tickets here ($25).