The Avett Brothers @ The Palace

Friday, Oct. 30

The Palace Theatre
625 S. Fourth St.
$30; 8 p.m.

The Avett Brothers didn’t turn to Sony’s Rick Rubin for reinvention (as Johnny Cash did). But the trio knew that a major label would fork over for deluxe string arrangements, so that’s the first difference on new disc I and Love and You. Of course, musicians bright enough to take advantage of free cello help will see how this works best on piano-based songs, especially after they’ve spent a decade flogging a core sound of sometimes-punkish folk busking. The “brothers” (bassist Bob Crawford’s been in from the start, but he’s not blood-kin to Seth and Scott Avett) are wrapping up a huge release tour, and by the time they hit the Palace, they should offer up a generous, celebratory show. The Americana sound’s most musically restless post-boyband-age cute guys are already selling out 2010 shows, and the new album has expanded both their considerable studio potential and their reach into the mainstream. T.E. Lyons

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