The Lumineers, Dr. Dog, Nathaniel Rateliff

When: Sun., Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m. 2013

In little over a year, the Lumineers have gone from wide-eyed, hard-working, smiley-strummy blog darlings to being simply everywhere. You've seen them on TV; you've joked about their name around the office; you've overheard "Ho Hey" leaking from the SUV stuck next to you in traffic. This is where I'm supposed to tell you that the Colorado folkers are hackneyed and trite, that all banjos signify artistic death, that their self-titled debut album is a beached whale in the vast ocean of cool underground snob-rock. Well, fuck that. This paper said nice things about the Lumineers before they got big, and there's no reason we're gonna change our tune now that they're headlining arenas. Plus, you get Philly's Dr. Dog in the bargain, who are perched on top of another fine album, B-Room (out October 1). If anybody's up to the challenge of making the enormous glass-and-concrete prison of Memorial Coliseum sound halfway decent, it's these guys. NED LANNAMANN

Price: $25-35

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