The Avett Brothers: Of Music and Men

When we caught up with The Avett Brothers this past May in Canada, Scott and Seth Avett were cagey about the details of their forthcoming album for Rick Rubin’s American Recordings. They both admitted doing so was different for them—foreign even. But with the breakout success of their previous record, I and Love and You, Rubin recently parting ways with Columbia and (as of press time) American not having found another label to partner with, too much was at stake. Still, the brothers offered a candid take on their lives, newfound fame and why they still have a deep affection for their home of Concord, N.C.

Gregg Allman: Honest Reflections

As he freely admits, Gregg Allman has lived a beautiful life. But it has also been plagued with tragedy, including the murder of his father, the death of his older brother Duane, the untimely passing of three Allman Brothers Band bassists, years of drug and alcohol addiction and six broken marriages. Allman freely discusses all of this and more in his first memoir My Cross to Bear, which came out this past spring. Relix is proud to present an exclusive excerpt from Allman’s new book that discusses the Brothers’ debut album, the band’s often strained relationship with former guitarist Dickey Betts and how Warren Haynes encouraged him to solo more in recent years. We spoke with Allman to discuss the process behind his most revealing work in years.

Tenacious D: The D Also Rises

Despite their last record’s lackluster reception, the musically inclined comedic duo Tenacious D has returned—triumphantly, they might add—with Rize of the Fenix. Like any rock band with something to prove, Tenacious D’s recent failures have only made them stronger, hungrier and, as luck would have it, funnier. After a few years of sporadic appearances, The D will also take their show back on the road for a series high-profile, lowbrow shows that will surely blur the lines between theater and fiction. Jeff Miller sat down with Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Glass —as well as fictional alter egos—to discuss their dramatic return, creative process and whatever else was on their minds.

The Faces: Had Me a Real Good Time

For many, they are remembered as the band that produced Rod Stewart, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, onetime Who drummer Kenney Jones and others, but in their heyday, The Faces created unparalleled R&B-powered pub rock. Though they’ve reunited periodically in various configurations throughout the years, The Faces are finally getting the recognition that they deserve this year, thanks to a new, expansive retrospective book and a long-overdue Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nod. But not even their recent induction could reunite the original remaining Faces: Stewart cancelled his performance at the last minute after coming down with the flu. Veteran rock journalist Alan Light recently spent time with Wood and Jones, revisiting their storied career and looking ahead to The Faces’ possible future.

Plus: Robert Randolph, Norah Jones, Bill Payne, The Lumineers, Jennifer Hartswick, Delta Spirit, Conspirator, Richard Wright (aka Nancy) and much more!

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