It's been a slow but steady climb for North Carolina's the Avett Brothers, who rose from relative obscurity in recent years to attract quite a dedicated and passionate following, as evidenced by this long sold-out show at First Avenue. With last year's magnificent I and Love and You garnering the four-piece some well-deserved accolades and critical acclaim, the band's tender but well-worn style of roots rock is truly finding its audience. Their songs are a delicate blend of heartfelt vocals and spare but indelible acoustic-based arrangements, while their live shows are frequently rousing, incendiary affairs. The Avett Brothers' performances often become communal, uplifting experiences that leave the band and the audience alike exhausted but energized. This eagerly anticipated show should be no exception, and will just add to the growing litany of memorable local performances by the band. Openers the Low Anthem are not to be missed either, as the hushed majesty found on the Rhode Island quartet's recent record, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, should go over quite well with the Avett Brothers' gracious audience. 18+.
Fri., March 5, 8 p.m., 2010