Punch Brothers’ “Who’s Feeling Young Now?” out on Valentine’s Day

Punch Brothers
Who’s Feeling Young Now
Nonesuch Records

The Punch Brothers’ release Who’s Feeling Young Now, their latest CD, this coming Tuesday, February 14, Valentine’s Day, via Nonesuch Records. The next night, the band is appearing on the Tonight Show, gearing up for the start of their national tour on February 17th (dates below).

True, the Punch Brothers play a brand of bluegrass/pop fusion that’s been just as likely to explore the sadder aspects of love affairs as celebrate life’s finer moments, and this is certainly true on their latest recording. Thus, it’s not the audio equivalent of a box of chocolates for your sweetheart. But the band never gets mired in their bluesier ruminations. Many of the songs contained herein jubilate in fulsome bluegrass swing. In particular, mandolinist and songwriter Chris Thile seems to be be upping the ante, channeling the Flecktones in their penchant for mixed time signatures and copiously syncopated solos. For evidence of the group’s zesty ensemble work, download the free track “Movement and Location” via the embedded widget below.

Most of the songs are penned by the band; songwriter Josh Ritter contributes lyrics to a couple of Thile compositions. The album also features two covers; quirky and distinct renditions of Radiohead’s “Kid A” and the Swedish folk band Väsen’s “Flippen” are both unexpected delights.

Punch Brother 2012 U.S. Tour Dates

February 17, Appalachian State Performing Arts Series, Boone, NC
February 18, Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews, Wilmington, NC
February 19, Shaftman Performance Hall, Roanoke, VA
February 23, Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA ^
February 24, Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA ^
February 25, Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT ^
March 1, Park West, Chicago, IL ^
March 2, Varsity Theater, Minneapolis, MN ^
March 3, Liberty Hall, Lawrence, KS ^
March 6, Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA ^
March 7, Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR ^
March 8, The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA ^
March 10, El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA ^
March 12, Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO ^
April 15, Mountain Stage Radio, Morgantown, WV
April 17, Lexington Opera House, Lexington, KY *
April 19, Bijou Theatre, Knoxville, TN *
April 20, Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, TN *
April 21, Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA *
April 22, Track 29, Chattanooga, TN *
April 24, Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA *
April 26, The Town Hall, New York, NY *
April 27, 9:30 Club, Washington, DC *
April 28, MerleFest 25, Wilkesboro, NC
June 2, Appalachian Uprising, Scottown, OH
June 16-17, Clearwater Festival, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
June 21-24, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride, CO
June 28-30, ROMP: Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival, Owensboro, KY
July 27-29, RockyGrass, Lyons, CO
July 28, FloydFest 11, Floyd, VA
~ with Loudon Wainwright III
^ with Aoife O’Donovan
* with Jesca Hoop

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