Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Avett Brothers - free stream of new album

I've been listening to the forthcoming release of The Avett Brothers' new album for a few days now.

It's called "I AND LOVE AND YOU" and I'm hooked.

A friend from Utah told me to check them out in the summer and despite not having listened to them before I can tell that they will quickly become a favourite. Paste Magazine has reviewed their album saying that "it's like Ryan Adams before the speedballs took over - they have an ability to mine the heart and sould of the modern american man". (or words to that effect).

The title track is a slow ballad, as the rest of the songs are, but one that demands your attention. It features the perfect melody and the sweetest harmonies together with proper lyrics and a wonderful chorus.

You can listen to the album, in full, yourself. It streams exclusivly on NPR MUSIC this week.

Beginning today, and running through September 29, NPR Music will host an Exclusive First Listen of I and Love and You on their , website, where fans will be able to get a sneak peak of the new album a week prior to release. NPR Music’s distinctive Exclusive First Listen series recently showcased new music from such innovators as Wilco, Moby, Bjork and Neko Case.

On Tuesday, September 29th The Avett Brothers will release I and Love and You, their major label debut on American Recordings/Columbia Records. I and Love and You was produced by multi Grammy Award winner Rick Rubin. The band is set to perform the title track on the Late Show with David Letterman on Monday September 28. The band will also be seen performing another new track, “Laundry Room,” on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Tuesday October 6th.

The band’s diverse style and consistent touring, along with independent releases, have helped the band build a loyal and rabid fan base. Rolling Stone recently highlighted the band in their ‘Artists To Watch’ proclaiming "Over the course of a decade The Avett Brothers perfected a blend of bluegrass picking, country harmonies and rock & roll energy." While O Magazine proclaimed “The North Carolina rock band creates elegiac Americana.” The Avett Brothers have toured most of 2009 testing out new material, as well as their older songs. This year alone, the band has performed at SxSW Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, as well as upcoming stops at Newport Folk Festival, Mulberry Mountain Festival, Outside Lands Festival, Britt Festival, Austin City Limits Festival and more (see full itinerary below).

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