Artist: Punch Brothers Track: "Nothing Then" Album: Punch Listen

Punch Brothers is the side project of Chris Thile, child prodigy and a driving force behind Nickel Creek. Their new record is an absolutely stunning masterpiece influenced directly by Thile's failed marriage and honed at the dark, foggy edges of the bluegrass landscape. It's as if this world is flat, and Thile and cohorts are sailing towards the abyss, ready to take a soaring flight into space. The bulk of the album is a 40-minute suite in four parts titled "Blind Leading the Blind." It, along with shorter nuggets surrounding the center opus, is a good reason to start listening to more bluegrass -- even if little macthes the caliber heard on Punch.