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Punch Brothers' New Album, "Who's Feeling Young Now?," Out Now; Listen on Spinner, MSN Music

Punch Brothers: "Who's Feeling Young Now?" [cover]

Today marks the release of Punch Brothers' new album, Who's Feeling Young Now?. Recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, the follow-up to 2010's Grammy-nominated Antifogmatic, was produced by Grammy Award winner Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse) and features ten songs written by Punch Brothers, with the band’s friend Josh Ritter co-writing lyrics on two tunes, plus the group’s take on the Swedish group Väsen’s “Flippen" and what the New York Times calls a "mind-boggling cover of Radiohead’s 'Kid A.'"

Who's Feeling Young Now? is available now on CD and digital formats, in stores and online at the Nonesuch Store, Punch Brothers' site, iTunes, and Amazon. (The vinyl album is due to follow on March 20 and is available to pre-order in the Nonesuch Store and the band's site.) To mark release week, the album is now streaming in full via Spinner and MSN Music. Punch Brothers perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Wednesday and head out on tour on Friday. As part of the tour, the band will return to Bonnaroo in June.

MSN gives the album four stars. "T Bone Burnett rightly likens Punch Brothers leader and mandolin ace Chris Thile to Louis Armstrong. Both are virtuosos who challenge genre norms while keeping one foot rooted in pop," writes MSN's Kurt B. Reighley. "This forward-thinking string band plies fresh ideas with traditional instruments, yielding a fusion as quirky yet accessible—and uniquely American—as Talking Heads." Read more and listen to the album at music.msn.com.

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The A.V. Club gives the album an A-. "For a group that commits to traditional bluegrass instrumentation ... Punch Brothers hew remarkably close to the indie-rock sounds of today" on a number of the album's tracks, writes A.V. Club reviewer Genevieve Koski. And while Thile remains "inarguably one of the most accomplished mandolin players in the world," Koski says, the new tracks show that he and the band are focused on "more songwriterly concerns" as well. Their self-penned tunes on Who's Feeling Young Now? exist "both out of time and in the moment thanks to its youthful, gung-ho approach to timeless sounds." Read the complete album review at avclub.com.

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The StarNews, out of Wilmington, North Carolina, looking ahead to this Saturday's show at The Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews in Wilmington, spoke with the band's bass player Paul Kowert about performing and writing with his band mates. For his part, StarNews correspondent Bob Workmon writes: "Five musicians, alike in prodigious skill and a fearless approach to writing and playing together, Punch Brothers make their audiences want to think and shout, and maybe do a little flat-foot shuffle, too." Read what Kowert has to say at starnewsonline.com.

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To find out where Punch Brothers are playing near you, head to nonesuch.com/on-tour.

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