A banjo-in­fused Mumford and Sons show

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Mu­sic | Mumford and Sons | Dec. 17 and 18, Sco­tia­bank Arena

When Mumford and Sons be­gan re­leas­ing sin­gles from their fourth al­bum, Delta, in Au­gust, they faced im­me­di­ate crit­i­cism. The mu­sic it­self—an ex­per­i­men­tal blend of jazz, rap and elec­tron­ica—re­ceived praise from Rolling Stone as a “wildly ex­per­i­men­tal” step for­ward for the banjo-wield­ing Brits. But af­ter they in­vited Jor­dan Peter­son to their Lon­don stu­dio, a photo of the band pos­ing with the U of T pro­fes­sor started mak­ing its rounds on­line, eclips­ing buzz around the al­bum and in­stead, caus­ing a wave of out­rage on Twit­ter. Now, they’re try­ing to shift the fo­cus back to mu­sic with a world tour. On­stage, they take an any­thing goes ap­proach, jump­ing from crowd-surf­ing to in­ti­mate a cap­pella cov­ers. Long-time fans will also be re­lieved to hear that the banjo is mak­ing a reap­pear­ance for a set list that in­cludes a bal­ance of old and new.

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