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The Avett Brothers Live at Britt Festival 8.29.09 - Jacksonville, OR

OK ... so I'm über doober late on posting these shots. My bad. Originally, I was planning on pairing these with my thoughts on the stream I received of the forthcoming I and Love and You. But since everyone can now stream the entire album on NPR (a week before its release), I'll just tell you it's easily one of the best albums of this year and let you hear for yourself.

But I will leave you with a quote from I & L & Y's producer Rick Rubin that I think really sums up this band:

As soon as I heard the depth in their singing and songwriting, I was in for the ride. The Avetts' songs have such a sincere emotional resonance. The purity of the messages stops you in your tracks. It's unusual to hear such open-hearted personal sentiment from young artists today.

Click on any photo to see the whole gallery from the Britt Festival show.

The Avett Brothers Live at Britt Festival 8.29.09 - Jacksonville, OR

The Avett Brothers Live at Britt Festival 8.29.09 - Jacksonville, OR

The Avett Brothers Live at Britt Festival 8.29.09 - Jacksonville, OR

The Avett Brothers Live at Britt Festival 8.29.09 - Jacksonville, OR

The Avett Brothers Live at Britt Festival 8.29.09 - Jacksonville, OR

The Avett Brothers Live at Britt Festival 8.29.09 - Jacksonville, OR

Also, be on the lookout for an Avett's cover story in the upcoming issue of Shuffle magazine with a couple of photos by yours truly ... taken at the McDonald Theatre show back in May.

The Roots live at McDonald Theatre (4.11.09 Eugene, Oregon)

You already know the deal. I don't have to write it. There are very few bands out there that can put on a show like The Roots. Seeing them live is like listening to your favorite mixtape. They hit you with a range of material from their 16 years in the game along with cleverly weaved-in covers of artists you may not expect. & they somehow manage to keep the energy level at 11 the entire time.

Three things I will say:
• New Roots album coming this summer entitled How I Got Over.
• Local Cut posted an interesting interview with Questlove
• Questlove's twit on walking the streets of Eugene cracked me the f up.

I was late getting to the McD Saturday ... even though I THOUGHT I was early. (Note to self: shows that say they start at 8 actually DO start at 8 sometimes.) So I missed Lyrics Born's set. Literally walked in as he was walking off stage. But he and Joyo were kind of enough to let me get a few photos backstage afterwards. He also filled me in on his plans to get his new album out by fall. Download a taste of the new stuff and keep up to date on the latest LB news here.

Lyrics Born & Joyo Velarde at McDonald Theatre (4.11.09 Eugene, Oregon)

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