Them Concord boys sure do clean up nice, don't they? As per usual, the Avett Brothers were dressed to the nines while making their big performance on last night's episode of The Late Show with David Letterman, but their snazzy duds failed to cover up a snag in execution.
Sure, I grinned like a proud papa when Dave—holding up a vinyl copy of I And Love And You, officially released just minutes earlier—kicked it over to our Avetts. Seth Avett struck out the first chords of the title track on a grand piano. But I flinched when the camera turned toward center stage, revealing Mike Marsh (Dashboard Confessional) behind the drums rather than Scott Avett, who usually mans the kit for live performances of the tune. I cringed more when Scott began hesitantly plucking at an out-of-tune banjo, assuredly a prop to get the elder Avett out from behind the drum kit for the television audience.
The N.C. State Fair announced its lineup earlier this week, and there's good news: Tickets are recession-cheap, ranging from $5 for several shows to $15 for Third Day. So much for The Beatitudes: Religion is expensive, y'all.
There's bad news, too: The lineup isn't very good. While WRAL trots out the local connections of the lineup (Eric Church, Kellie Pickler, Jason Michael Carroll), we don't see a line-up that includes kid-stars Nat and Alex Wolff, "The Temptations" featuring Dennis Edwards (who was, lo and behold, actually the group's lead singer once upon a time), and singer/ Dancing with the Stars beauty Julianne Hough to be worth selling the farm.
But good news remains! There's an open slot on Oct. 22 for one more performer. Triangle Music predicts the return of a Food Network star, and they're probably right. But we've got some ideas of our own. Hit the jump, and giggle...
Kings of Leon, The Walkmen
Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary
Tuesday, April 28
There's been a bit of controversy about last night's Kings of Leon show at Cary's luxuriously wooded Koka Booth Amphitheatre: The Followill brothers decided to ban beach blankets, lawn chairs, beer bottles and water bottles at the show so that, one assumes, people wouldn't pelt the band if they were done with their beverage (I did see some cups headed in the band's direction, though, which I've never seen. And I saw some folks walking around in surgical masks to prevent exposure to swine flu, they said. So, yeah, you rock dudes are crazy.) On one hand, it's a rock show by a band that takes cues from Creedence and Van Morrison and, on record, amps it up with a little new Southern swagger, for better and for worse. So, like, why the fuck would you sit down for that if you're going to pay $45 to see the band. If you'd tried to sit last night, you actually wouldn't have been able to see them, anyway. Remember the whole rock show bit?
Yesterday, ripz, a commenter at www.indyweek.com, suggested that Raleigh band Terry Anderson and the Olympic Ass Kickin Team lifted the cover design for its latest LP, National Champions, from a 2006 seven-inch by the derivative-as-all-hell Austin, Texas band The Black Angels.