The Dear Hunter has their moments, but they're the sort of band I'd find boring too often. I can't see a sensible response to O'Brother as anything less than constant headbanging, or basking in their beauty.
They headlined a show in Ottawa for about 3 fans and 7 randoms and they still killed it. New stuff sounded great. Hopefully this challenges for my AOTY but there is soooo much other good stuff this year.