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Published: 2013/01/03

Punch Brothers Offer Special Covers on New Year’s Eve

Punch Brothers closed out a three-show run at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on New Year’s Eve. It was the first time in over a decade that punk-poet icon Patti Smith did not perform at the Lower East Side venue on December 31.

Throughout their New Year’s Eve performance, Punch Brothers nodded to a diverse mix of influences. Partway through their show, they covered The Beach Boy’s “Surfs Up” and, a bit later, they showed off their classical influences with a take on Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto” with the help of Bon Iver’s “Rob Moose” (who appears on the new Trey Anastasio album Traveler). In addition, Punch Brothers offered their cover of Swedish folk group Väsen’s “Flippen,” from their new album Who’s Feeling Young Now?. Fans were also treated to the new Punch Brothers track “Dark Days,” which appears on the Hunger Games soundtrack.

Longtime Chris Thile collaborator Michael Daves opened the show and joined Thile and the rest of the Punch Brothers during their encore. The musicians ran through a variety of bluegrass songs, including “Rabbit In A Log,” “Billy in the Lowground,” “Cry, Cry, Darling,” “Don’t Give Your Heart To A Rambler,” “Shuckin’ The Corn,” “Loneliness and Desperation” and “Molly and Tenbrook.”

Monday, December 31, 2012, Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY

Rye Whiskey
Who’s Feeling Young Now?
I Know
Patchwork Girlfriend
Dark Days
Next to the Trash
Movement & Location
Surf’s Up
Watch’at Breakdown
Hundred Dollars
No Concern
Brandenburg Concerto(w/ Rob Moose)
This Girl
Brakeman’s Blues


Rabbit In A Log*
Billy in the Lowground*
Cry, Cry, Darling*
Don’t Give Your Heart To A Rambler*
Shuckin’ The Corn*
Loneliness and Desperation*
Molly and Tenbrooks*

*w/ Michael Daves

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