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Punch Brothers hit Farthing Feb. 17

Article Published: Feb. 2, 2012 | Modified: Feb. 17, 2012
Punch Brothers hit Farthing Feb. 17

Punch Brothers perform Feb. 17 at Farthing Auditorium.

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Appalachian State University’s Performing Arts Series is sure this one will be a hit.

Punch Brothers, featuring Chris Thile, will perform Feb. 17 at Farthing Auditorium.

Mixing together the musical interests of each band member, the Punch Brothers’ music has been described as “…an emerging style of what might be called American country-classical chamber music” by The New York Times.

The band’s a new album, “Who’s Feeling Young Now?” will be released Feb. 14, making Farthing Auditorium the first stop on the Brothers’ “Who’s Feeling Young Now?” tour.

The band was formed in 2006 by mandolin player/singer Chris Thile with four other virtuosic musicians: fiddler Gabe Witcher, banjo player Noam Pikelny, bassist Paul Kowert and guitarist Chris “Critter” Eldridge.

Their first Nonesuch record, “Punch,” was released in 2008 and combined various musical genres, including indie rock, folk, jazz, bluegrass and classical music.

In 2009, they all moved to New York City and began a regular, standing-room-only, residency at the Living Room, trying out new songs, as well as inspired covers.

These shows ultimately spawned their 2010 Grammy-nominated album, “Antifogmatic.”

“Who’s Feeling Young Now?” is the follow-up to this album, and, in a recent live review, the Times (UK) called Punch Brothers “brilliant, audacious, original and, above all, entertaining … they push the boundaries of excellence in contemporary music performance in virtually all directions.”

Ten songs from “Who’s Feeling Young Now?” were written by Punch Brothers, with the band’s friend, Josh Ritter, co-writing lyrics on two tunes (Hundred Dollars and New York City). Additionally, the album contains the band’s interpretations of Radiohead’s “Kid A” and Swedish group Väsen’s “Flippen.” A track from the album is available as a free download now at

Punch Brothers perform at ASU’s Farthing Auditorium, located at 733 Rivers St. on the ASU campus in Boone, on Friday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m.

Advance ticket prices are $20 for adults, $11 for Students 6 to 18, $10 for Appalachian State students and $5 for children 5 and younger. For tickets or more information, call the Farthing Auditorium box office at (800) 841-2787 or (828) 262-4046, or visit

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