Last week, at an unassuming West Village pub called the Baggot Inn, a handful of local bluegrass acts got together for an annual group show called the Sheriff Sessions. One of these bands was the Punch Brothers, headed by bluegrass darling and recent Gotham transplant Chris Thile, formerly of Nickel Creek, a progressive act whose clean pop sound sold millions. But this new group, as evidenced by Thile's rock-inspired mandolin solos and the other Brothers' whiskey-fueled improvisation, isn't nearly as polite. Eschewing smoothness and precision, these guys wailed, they sweated, they rocked. It was a hootenanny done right, and bluegrass that does New... More >>>