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The Avett Brothers

The music made by North Carolina brothers Seth and Scott Avett, joined on this bill by Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, is about as trendy as a Model-T. But their talent is undeniable, with the best of their material giving sentimentality a good name. Take the Western-themed "Murder in the City," from 2008's The Second Gleam, in which the song's protagonist, fearful of winding up in a pine box, expresses his affection for his mother and sister via the couplet "Always remember there is nothing worth sharing/Like the love that let us share our name." No wonder producer/music executive Rick Rubin, one of the industry's keener judges of talent, has reached out to the Avetts — and the title track of I and Love and You, a Rubin-produced offering due on the Columbia/American imprint in September, suggests that he wants their music to speak for itself. Which it does, with an eloquence that will never go out of style. (Visit for a full interview with bassist Bob Crawford.)

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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