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Live Music This Weekend: The Avett Brothers, Amy Blaschke, Tift Merritt

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The Avett Brothers, Jessica Lea Mayfield

Neumo's, $22.50, Saturday

The Avett Brothers are the Devendra Banhart of Appalachian country-folk. They’re shaggy yet good looking rock stars capable of mixing up campfire sing-alongs, vaudevillian bounce and modern indie cool. Sure, it can get a bit too cute at times, but the trio balances this with a raging earnestness that’s really quite rare these days. Not since the heyday of classic country-rockers like New Grass Revival and those “One Toke Over the Line” dudes has a group sounded so unabashedly Caucasian. These North Carolinians really know how to belt out the tunes, especially the tall bro, Seth, who howls like NGR’s John Cowan. Now there is—just to warn you—some emo in these dudes, but not enough to spoil a live shtick that always generates sweaty-ass dance parties. Do bring extra slacks.

-- JUSTIN F. FARRAR

James Bertram Photo Show with Tiny Vipers, Amy Blaschke, Husbands Love Your Wives

Georgetown-based Luckyhorse Industries helps create and sling merch online for everyone from Modest Mouse to the Cave Singers, and one half of the crew that makes it happen is co-founder James Bertram. He’s held it down on the guitar and bass in Lync, Red Stars Theory and 764-HERO and, not surprisingly, he’s wrangled together quite the cache of talented ladies (two of whom have prominent pages on the Luckyhorse website) to help celebrate the opening of his photo project, “24 Year”. The year of Polaroid self-portraits taken over the course of (appropriately) his 24th year is complimented by the musical stylings of Amy Blaschke, who’s come back up North for the event (Seattle recently lost the Night Canopy and Whalebones cornerstone to the allure of L.A.’s hazy sprawl.), this time around showcasing her skills solo; Jesy Fortino AKA Tiny Vipers brings her brand of devastatingly dark folk; and the third girl with a guitar in the lineup is Husbands Love Your Wives’ Jamie Spiess, also an enthusiastic baker of cakes, some of which will be the frosted crown jewels featured during the event’s 3 p.m. cake walk. Dig in. 20Twenty, 5208 Ballard Ave. N.W., 706-0969. 3 p.m. cakewalk, 4 p.m. music. Free.

-- AJA PECKNOLD

Tift Merritt, Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek

20Twenty, free, Saturday, 4 p.m.

Only fans of Crystal Gayle would find Tift Merritt “rugged.” Yet compared to her brand new jam, Another Country, that’s exactly what her two previous albums sound like. So yeah, on the surface it appears as if the alt-country babe is actually descending into AOR hell, where Starbucks, not Hades shits out little tarts like KT Tunstall and Kate Voegele. Listen closely, however, and you’ll soon notice that Another Country is a savvy update of mid ’70s country rock a la the first Eagles record (which totally rules, by the way). On tracks like “I Know What I’m Looking For” and “Something to Me” Merritt bakes Southern soul in a dazzling California sun. Hell, she even understands the vital differences between breezy soft-rock and syrupy elevator music. Just awesome.

-- JUSTIN F. FARRAR

 
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