The Brothers’ Guard Review The Avett Bros. “Closer Than Together”

“The last thing the world needs is another piece of sociopolitical commentary.” That’s the first line of notes introducing The Avett Brothers’ new album, Close Than Together.

What can we say about this album? It’s halfway political, halfway personal. But maybe that’s part of the point, hence the title. It’s an intensely personal work, born out of their own private experiences and feelings, and at some point those feelings were about the news cycle. Continue reading

The Year’s Hit Posts in 2017

A look back on the previous year, and here are some of the top hit posts:

Cormac McCarthy Narrates Minecraft
famed author of No Country For Old Men reviews the game

Why the Civil War Happened
an in-depth analysis

Will the Religious Right Wake Up on the Right Side of the Bed?
an op-ed in the Warblr Continue reading

If I Had A Million Dollars: A Rich Song

“If I Had a Million Dollars” is probably the most famous song from Barenaked Ladies, a concert favorite and a song made to sing along to.

Written by members Steven Page and Ed Robertson to sing to counselors at summer camp, the song at first may seem like a mere silly list of things you can buy with loads of money. But under the surface is a powerful message of love and the simple life over pursuing gobs of wealth. Continue reading

Listen to Christmas Music (NOT Rush Limbaugh)

The other day I was getting a little tired of Christmas music in my car and began browsing radio stations until I turned to hear a familiar voice that always made me cringe a little.

Rush “the disinfotainer” Limbaugh.
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The Avett Brothers’ True Sadness in Roanoke—concert (and album) Review 11-19-16

Now what? The Avetts have gone everything now, but they did so slowly. Chart their last three albums, and you can tell they have merged from a heavy rock-centered bluegrass band into a more electric, pop-centered, all-American band. But they didn’t sell out after one or two original albums. They re-centered themselves naturally after half a dozen of the work they first came to be known for. They haven’t lost touch with their roots.
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