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Dawes: We're All Gonna Die

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With the benefit of extended hindsight, Dawes' We're All Gonna Die was certainly the most confounding new rock release of 2016, if not the most disappointing. To the credit of the Los Angeles band, the album (or at least its title) did presage the weighty ennui afflicting the culture by the end of the year. But that borderline cynical mindset was couched in a marked change from Dawes' previous folk-rock orientation, overseen by Jonathan Wilson and categorized, at least for ...

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Dawes at Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT

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Dawes Higher Ground South Burlington, VT July 21, 2015 Dawes is making up for lost time in 2015. The jny: Los Angeles-based band reasserted themselves as recording artists in the studio with All Your Favorite Bands (Hub Records, 2015) and is now taking the next logical step in their development as a performing unit. In doing so, the group is enhancing an abiding and honest connection with their followers that justified Dawes' position as headliners ...

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Dawes: Stories Don't End

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Wrapped in funereal black graphics inside and out, the music of Dawes' third studio album radiates an ambivalence that undermines its ambition.Choosing to record Stories Don't End on the east coast and enlisting the production assistance of Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Norah Jones, Kings of Leon, among others), Dawes has taken great pains to address erroneous preconceptions as the standard-bearers of a nouveau California rock milieu. At the same time, the group has gone to some lengths to ...

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Dawes: Nothing Is Wrong

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In the process of redefining rootsy rock and roll out from the West Coast, Dawes has had its profile heightened by association lately, with props from Jackson Browne in the pages of Rolling Stone and as accompanists for The Band's Robbie Robertson. But if the group's second album, Nothing Is Wrong, proves anything, it's that this quartet can stand on its own. No question the group owes some obvious debts, but it's not for lack of ideas; rather, ...


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