. * Local Bi§at: The Ave« Brothers Ashleigh Phillips, Staff Writer m 1 V ^ In 2008 when I first moved to Raleigh, ever}' time I opened my mouth I immediately became the Southern entertainment for all \vho heard me. After what seemed to be the fiftieth time I repeated “How now brown cow?" for my beckoning friends I got an unusual response. Instead i of the assertion of a carefully crafted grand master sentence that would showcase my Northampton Count}’ vowels and phonetics a guy asked me, “Do you know the Avert Brothers?” Surprised by the question all I could come back with was, “Excuse me, but what?” The guy simply said, “The Avett Brothers, I figured you’d be a fan since they ha\e some banjo picking in their music.” I was annoyed that the guy had assumed that just because I talk dif ferent I’d like hillbilly music, but more importantly, being the music fiend I am, I looked up the Avett Brothers as soon as I got back to my dorm. I discovered a three piece band from Concord, North Carolina whose sound first came across to me as if Lennon and McCartney had gro^vn up in the Appalachians instead of Liver pool. The music had the raw energy of punk and the sadness of a country honky-tonk at the same time. The lyrics were catchy and Hank Williams genuine. I couldn’t get enough. As I studied their music and listened to their passion packed lyrics, I began to feel like I knew Seth and Scott Avett. I dreamed that they had been raised on grits and Sunday school just like / me, so I did some research. Although I didn’t find anything about grits I found out that the brothers had started out in ’ their own hard rock band called Nemo, but the music they were making wasn’t leaving them feeling fulfilled. After ex- • periinenting by playing some acoustics f i on h'bnt porches the brothers decided K turn to the bluegrass roots of their athers. Seth and Scott picked up isf Bob Crawford and began to } about where they came from. The photo from grcenshoelacc.com brilliant results of their homecoming decision are in the nine releases that were out by the time 1 discovered the band. Producer Rick Rubin, most noted for working with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Johnny Cash, noticed the Avett Brothers about the same time I did and they quickly became his new favorite band. Rubin naturally pro- \ duced the Brothers’ highly anticipatcdi' major label debut, I and Love and You^^ which came oiit last September. I and ^ ’ Ix)ve and You, based more on complex piano and string beauties.than banjo ,'' picking grooves is a new direction for^ ■ , the Averts, but it’s no less real than any ’ of their other releases. It’s just as full ofis, heart as anything they have ever done, bringing you back home to feel not onfrly the warm and fuzzies but the hardships, J Give the Averts a listen and fl you surely w’on’t be disappointed. For* B a pla>'ful sing-a-Iong tiy “Kick Drum Heart” from I and Love and You. For j someth ing lower key tr\' “Murder in Jj the City” off The Second Gleam which- tenderly discusses what it means to he,» family. Oi’, you can go the Rubin routd;^^ Rubin first "fell in love with the Averts /y through their 2008 release. Emotion^ alism, which is filled with gems. “Will-'. You Return?” is a delightful romp with Beatles harmonies circa 1963 and “The Ballad of Love and Hate” is sweet po-' dry quite possibly reminiscent of Bob, Dylan circa 1966. If you dig the Averts^ ^ you may enjoy some of their influences, ^ (My Morning Jacket, The Strokes, or the White Stripes) and contempo raries (Elvis Perkins, Dr. Dog, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Langhorne Slim, or Old Crow Medicine Show'.) So kids the moral of this story ; is to stay true to your down home roots, whether they come in the form of un usual accents or hand-me-down music styles, and good things will come your .way. 2010 Holiday Gift Guide gathered by Ashleigh Phillips and Amy Hruby For the oversleeper: Cloeky ($40) This alarm clock will jump off the nightstand and wheel around the room sounding off until you get up and catch it. nandahome.Com/products/clocky/ For the Gleek: Glee, The Complete First Season ($45) 22 episodes of sing-a-long song and dance, amazon.com/ Glee-Complete-Sea- son-Matthew-Morrison/dp/Boo32JTV6U For your put-together friend: Superskinny Glitter Belt from J. Crew ($20) jcrew.com For the diva: Beyonce: I am.,. World Tour ($18) Follow the Queen B as she dazzles her audience on her third solo tour. a mazon .com/Bey once-Am-World- Tour-Deluxe For your CORNiest friend: Corn Earrings ($5) h ttp://www.etsy.com/list- ing/52179798/it-is-in-everything-corn- earrings For the music/movie lover: Tron Soundtrack (out December 7th) Composed by Daft Punk, the soundtrack to Disney’s upcoming film has already been lauded by music crit ics. Tron hits theatres December 17th starring Jeff Bridges and Olivia Wilde. The Meredith Herald is oniine! Fan us on Facebook: ■J facebook.com/meredithherald Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/meredithherald

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