Don't Get Married Without Me
The Punch Brothers' debut was a mind-melting blend of "new grass," and their simpler sophomore record was a necessary demonstration of restraint. Their third balances the musical impulses that pull the band in several directions at once. The fluttering acoustic tapestry of "Movement and Location" sits comfortably in between bluegrass and reverb-soaked, atmospheric rock, while "This Girl" and "Patchwork Girlfriend" are coyly written. But the best stuff comes in the minor-key tunes, like "New York City," that gallop along at a breakneck pace. And yes, without plugging in, they cover Radiohead.