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    Avett Brothers Dazzle in Nashville Tour Closer

    For a band characterized by their fusion of bluegrass, country, and down and dirty punk rock, Nashville's Ryman Auditorium -- former home to the Grand Ole Opry and hallowed ground for country music -- is both a perfect fit and an unlikely proving ground for the Avett Brothers. And that significance was not lost on Seth Avett, who shortly into the band's raucous two-hour Halloween set admitted, "We've been looking forward to this night all year." That's saying a lot considering this has been the Concord, NC quartet's busiest year to date -- this tour-ending appearance at the historic former church in the heart of Music City capped off six months on the road, including a stint opening for Dave Matthews.

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    Ben Folds Five Reunite in Chapel Hill!

    Deafening applause filled the air as the Ben Folds Five appeared together onstage for the first time in nearly a decade Thursday night to perform their final album, 1999's The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, in its entirety in their hometown of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The performance was filmed as the first installment of MySpace's Front to Back, a program designed to honor iconic records of the MySpace generation. As Folds struck the opening notes to "Narcolepsy" and drummer Darren Jessee (also of Hotel Lights) and bassist Robert Sledge joined Folds for their trademark three-part harmonies, the room erupted into ecstatic approval. The trio seemed instantly at ease, flashing jubilant glances to one another onstage and performing the often hectic, fuzz laden track to perfection.

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    Sigur Ros

    Who? Formed in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1994, Sigur Ros released one critically acclaimed album (along with an LP of remixes the following year) in their homeland before going international with the release of Ágætis Byrjun in 1999, which quickly catapulted them onto the radar of American and European music fans. The album also earned the band an opening gig for Radiohead the following year, and songs from Ágætis Byrjun later appeared in a number of movies and television shows, including Vanilla Sky and Life Aquatic. Sigur Ros returned with ( ) in 2002 and Takk..., the band's most straightforward album to date, in 2005. Their latest effort, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, hits stores today (June 24). What?

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    Bonnaroo Reviewed: Broken Social Scene

    Broken Social Scene got an early start Sunday, appearing at Bonnaroo's tiny Solar Stage for a quick, half-hour prequel to their proper set later that evening.

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    Bonnaroo Reviewed: Sigur Ros

    As anxious fans squeezed their way to the front of That Tent in the early A.M. hours Sunday, Sigur Rós appeared under eerie blue lighting and enormous illuminated hanging balloons to deliver two hours of epic musical ecstasy, leaving everyone in the crowd speechless and, quite literally, waiting for more. Hitting on their entire, decade-spanning catalog, the band appeared natural and at ease as they rotated between sparse, dark tunes and lush uplifting tracks, including "Svefn-g-englar," "Njósnavélin," and "Hoppípolla." The set also included horn-heavy material from upcoming album Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (English: "With a Buzz in Our Ears We Play Endlessly"), which proved especially climatic and worked the crowd into an even deeper state of nirvana.

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    Bonnaroo Reviewed: Jakob Dylan and the Gold Mountain Rebels

    Jakob Dylan and the Gold Mountain Rebels, which includes Nashville-based guitarist Audley Freed and drummer Fred Eltringham, appeared during the height of Sunday's heat wave and attempted to cool things down at Bonnaroo's This Tent. "I hear the weather is nice this time of year," he quipped. "Apparently it gets a lot worse." From there, Dylan performed a solid, if not entirely memorable set composed mostly of material from his debut solo album, Seeing Things, plus a few highlights from his days with the Wallflowers, including "Three Marlenas," which drew some of the show's heaviest applause. Check out more from Bonnaroo '08! and see what the fans thought of Jakob's set in the video clip below:

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    Bonnaroo Reviewed: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

    Just when it seemed Saturday couldn't get any hotter, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings took to Bonnaroo's Which stage, grooving and popping their way through an hour-long set that had even the stiffest fans shaking like there was no one looking. Jones commanded the crowd from the moment she entered, working her "Tina Turner dress" -- which was covered in tassels -- from stage left to stage right while cutting through tracks off her latest set 100 Days, 100 Nights.

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    Bonnaroo Reviewed: The Avett Brothers

    Concord, North Carolina's Avett Brothers drew a massive (and especially rowdy) crowd to Bonnaroo's Other Tent Saturday, picking and stomping their punk-tinged bluegrass into the stratosphere and proving why they just may be one of the most underrated acts at this year's festival. While singer/banjo player Scott Avett pounded away at the kick-drum located just beneath his mic, the trio, joined by cellist Joe Kwan, rolled through crowd favorites like "Die Die Die" and "The Weight of Lies," both off 2007's Emotionalism, earning deafening applause that often lasted well into the next song. At the mention of the Brothers' home state during "Salina," the crowd erupted into a near frenzy, and as the band finished out their set with a captivating, but brief encore, it was obvious the Avett Brothers wouldn't remain under the radar for long. Check out more from Bonnaroo '08!

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    Bonnaroo Reviewed: The Fiery Furnaces

    Brooklyn's Fiery Furnaces kicked their epic indie-pop into full gear Friday afternoon as dedicated fans began filtering into Bonnaroo's stage compound, amassing beneath the shade of That Tent and basking in the cool breeze that foreshadowed the rain to come. Relaxed and charismatic, singer Eleanor Friedberger chatted with the crowd between songs and the band, apparently in the Bonnaroo spirit, jammed out on tracks like "My Dog Was Lost but Now He's Found," reserving their heavy handed percussion and ominous guitar riffs for "Bitter Tea" and "My Egyptian Grammar," both of which surfaced later in the set. With the performance drawing to a close, four cardboard cut-outs of the band -- apparently part of a Converse advertising campaign -- surfaced in the audience and began making their way atop stretched hands, like wafer-thin crowd surfers.

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    Bonnaroo Reviewed: The Felice Brothers

    Maybe it was the anticipation of waiting for half an hour, or maybe it was the booze...or maybe it was the opening song about booze, but whatever the reason, the Felice Brothers were greeted by thunderous applause and an already energized crowd Thursday night. After opening their set with the whiskey themed "Where'd You Get the Liquor," they continued through a rowdy set of rootsy rock and roll including a song "about explicit sex with a 58-year-old in the back of a limousine" and a "church song" that inspired drummer Simone Felice to emerge from behind his kit and expose, "We're all from the same congregation, the midnight church of love and sex in the woods!" Illuminated by soft blue lighting, the band played on, only getting rowdier as the show barreled into the night, until Old Crow Medicine Show's Willy Watson made a surprise appearance for "Radio Song" and closed the triumphant s

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