Avett Brothers Live webcast October 30 with Live on Letterman

avettQuietly, David Letterman has quietly built quite the music legacy.  His Live on Letterman webcasts have been featuring bands like Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift, John Mayer, Kings of Leon, Adele and lots more.  Recorded in the hours before the show airs on TV, but just after the talk show is actually taped, it’s a up-close, high-production, intimate venue featuring bands letting loose for the audience sitting in the same building where The Beatles performed on the Ed Sullivan Show

Coming up on October 30, a particularly noteworthy show is worth catching. Fans can watch the Avett Brothers’ webcast live or on-demand. Also during CBS.com’s live webcast, fans will have access to  multiple camera angles, and the ability to pick the last song in the band’s set.

According to the Letterman show, the performance will feature songs off of their newly released album, Magpie and the Dandelion, including “Another Is Waiting,” as well as songs from their previous albums 2012’s The Carpenter and the band’s 2009 major label debut, I and Love and You.

Additionally, the webcast is available live and on-demand on Radio.com, and on-demand via the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 8.

VIDEO: The Lumineers breaking big (“Stubborn Love”)

The Lumineers have sold nearly 300,000 copies of their debut album.  They played a 200-person club in Indianapolis in May, and much like fellow Americana darlings The Civil Wars, are on the cusp of breaking really big.  Love their sound, and love the loose-limbed live performances.  Here’s one recorded in a radio studio of “Stubborn Love” – simultaneously  melancholy and uplifting…

Review: Avett Brothers at Lawn at White River in Indy

Avett Brothers rock Indy

As the Avett Brothers powered through what will be remembered as one of the best shows to hit Indianapolis in 2011, the band put on display an all-too-rare ability to take the recorded version of songs to a higher musical level on stage.

Seth and Scott Avett’s North Carolina voices — ringing and true, forceful and elegant — cut through the 40-degree night air, hitting hard before a 7,500-person audience. The crowd knew the words to the songs, roaring and singing to a set evenly paced with rockers and ballads.

The Avett’s opening salvo — “Go to Sleep” and “The Fall” — saw band members bouncing, swaying and stomping the stage, taking the audience into their music and drinking in crowd’s energy. “Shame” turned into an anthem — many of their best songs sound anthemic — with a twist on the recorded arrangement.

The Avett Brothers have mastered the art of tension and release. Think Arcade Fire. Or Springsteen. “Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full Of Promise” was one of the early highlights, powered by radio familiarity and a band that just killed it.

Known for mixing up the setlist each night, Indianapolis heard a show that was equal parts arena and living room. The relative rarity “I Would Be Sad” lyrics hit painfully and perfectly. The neo-bluegrass of “Laundry Room”, a joyful and guttural “Kick Drum Heart”, a breathtaking “Colorshow” and the deserved hit “I and Love and You” closed the regular set.

A three-song encore included a true-but-different cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Angie” and “Talk on Indolence,” which charged forward with flat-out punk energy, concluding the 105-minute show with Ramones-ish pizazz.

Truth & Salvage Co. opened with a 45-minute set of roots rock, sparked by the lush and ragged harmonies of “Hail, Hail,” the Midwest mid-tempo gem “Heart Like a Wheel” (by Indiana’s Tim Jones) and the deceptively-melancholic “Old Piano.” “Call Me” connected with the early crowd, and “Pure Mountain Angel” let the boys show of their five-part harmonies.

A band that thrives in the sweaty clubs, Truth & Salvage Co. nicely brought a good bit of that rebel energy to the more cavernous setting. They return to Indy to open for JJ Grey and Mofro at The Vogue Nov. 4.

Hullabalou webcast this weekend; Cara Jean Wahlers releases Indiana music, Squidbillies welcome Americana

→ A couple hours south of Indianapolis, at the historic Churchill Downs, this weekend’s HullabaLOU Music Festival three-day concert begins Friday, and runs through Sunday. Since I’m not going, it affords the opportunity to watch a little of their live webcast. For me, a live music webcast is very nearly as good as finding treasure chest full of Coors Light and beef jerky. I like to geek-out and see how they handle the technical parts (audio, camerawork, etc…) of the webcast. Most of the time, I end up entranced at the coolness of watching it live, paired with being pissed because I would have done it differently. But that’s a “me” problem, right? Continue reading “Hullabalou webcast this weekend; Cara Jean Wahlers releases Indiana music, Squidbillies welcome Americana”