Punch Brothers to headline The Depot this Friday

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Progressive bluegrass band the Punch Brothers are on tour in support of "Who's Feeling Young Now?" and will perform along with The Milk Carton Kids.

The band is led by Chris Thile, the mandolin player of Nickel Creek, and a recent recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship (nicknamed the Genius Grant), a prestigious award that comes with $500,000.

"He was such an obvious choice," said Punch Brothers banjo player Noam Pikelny of Thile in a Tribune interview. "It was only a matter of time. I've never seen someone so hard-working and devoted to his craft. He's always focused on what's next."

The band recently released a five-song EP called "Ahoy!" culled from "Who's Feeling Young Now?" One of the highlights of the EP is a cover of Josh Ritter's "Another New World," which had to make room on the album for a cover of Radiohead's "Kid A."

"We try to get non-traditional sounds out of traditional instruments," Pikelny said.

When • Friday, Dec. 7, 9 p.m.Where • The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake CityTickets • $20 at SmithsTix