It's official, Mumford & Sons are the new it band. With the release of their second album, Babel, the British bluegrass rockers have leaped the fence into full-on mainstream mania. Everyone and your mother (and maybe grandmother) know who these guys are. And you know what? Good for them. It's been a quick ascendancy -- Sigh No More came out only two-plus years ago -- but Mumford & Sons have certainly had some incredible moments along the way. Here are the top five:
5. The Big Easy Express
In April of last year, Mumford & Sons hit the road (or shall I say rails?) with kindred spirits Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on a 19th century-style train from San Fran to NOLA. The tour, which made stops in San Pedro, CA and Marfa, TX, is one of the most unique journeys in modern music. And it looks like they got a damn good documentary out of it.
4. Saturday Night Live
This past Saturday, Mumford & Sons got the opportunity to do something most bands only dream of -- not only did they perform twice on the hallowed stage of Studio 8H, but they were also cast as a Beatles cover band in a skit!
3. Performing with Bruce Springsteen
At the Dutch music festival Pinkpop earlier this year, the Boss invited the guys on stage to sing along to the boisterous 80s hit, "Hungry Heart." Mumford & Sons handled the guest spot like pros, after all (spoiler alert), it wasn't the first time they played with a legend.
2. Beating the Biebs
No video here, just numbers. Babel's first week sales are projected to be somewhere between 575,000 and 625,000. That total would beat Justin Bieber's 2012 best by almost more than a quarter of a million units. Let me say it again: Mumford & Sons, the British banjo-plucking band, destroyed Justin Bieber.
1. Performing with Bob Dylan at the Grammys
As if nailing down the best performace of the 2011 Grammys with "The Cave" wasn't enough, Mumford & Sons then got to be Bob Dylan's band for a night. Talk about an indelible experience. Oh yeah -- The Avett Brothers, who arguably paved the way for Mumford's success -- were there too.
And we know it wasn't as huge as these moments, but our concert in Williamsburg with Mumford & Sons was a pretty big deal, at least for us.