For almost a decade now, Los Angeles four-piece Dawes have been among America’s most reliable purveyors of folk rock. Led by frontman Taylor Goldsmith, they initially arrived with a sound that brought about countless comparisons to classic acts like the Band and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Nothing revolutionary, just showcase after showcase of good old-fashioned songwriting chops. Following their fourth album, 2015’s All Your Favorite Bands, the group returned quickly with We’re All Gonna Die last year. Though Dawes didn’t make any radical adjustments to their sound, the LP still represents a step in a different direction. Songs like the chugging, fuzzy opener “One of Us” and “Roll with the Punches” emerge as hard-rocking highlights comparable to gems by Alabama Shakes, whose frontwoman, Brittany Howard, sings backing vocals on Die’s lead single, “When the Tequila Runs Out.” Overall, “Tequila Runs Out” is the runaway hit, though its repetitious play on 89.3 the Current has proved divisive around these parts.
PROMOTIONAL EVENT DESCRIPTION Dawes at the State Theatre
Friday, February 3 | 7:00pm | State Theatre | $36.00 | ALL AGES |
DAWES: Dawes has come home. After recording its last two albums, Stories Don't End and All Your Favorite Bands, in Asheville, North Carolina, and Nashville, respectively, the Los Angeles band has returned to the city that has been both home and inspiration since its inception in 2009 to record its fifth album, We’re All Gonna Die, with longtime friend and Grammy nominated producer Blake Mills at the helm.
Presented by: First Avenue, JAM, 89.3 The Current and City Pages
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