Former Nickel Creek mandolin maestro and singer Chris Thile is the nominal face of Punch Brothers. But every member of the quintet is an integral component of the Bros' progressive bluegrass forays to the outer limits of pop. Although their grassy roots remain prominent (and acoustic), the band tackle nearly every song as if it were a carnival ride to pop nirvana, shifting tempos and moods, rushing off at oblique angles for sparkly instrumental runs, careening to the brink of jazz and classical, tossing up subtle delights at every turn. And they do it all while spinning delightfully twisted tales about love's uncertainties on their third album, Who's Feeling Young Now? Opening will be the Milk Carton Kids, a.k.a. the folk duo of Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan. 18+. (Photo by Brian Stowell)
Wed., Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., 2012
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