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[Concert Review] Dawes, The Majestic Theater, Nov. 12th

A big thanks to the Majestic Theater for hosting a great show! Although California rockers Dawes are pretty young in age they have a similar sound to bands of previous generations.  Dawes has a similar sound to some old school bands from their native state.  The Band, Crosby, Stills and Nash and Neil Young are some of the bands they get compared to most frequently. Dawes stopped by Studio M to give a great live performance and interview.  They played a few of their tracks in a really cool acoustic set.  I was immediately impressed with their talent and was taken with their sound. Take a look at their video for Love is All I Am below to hear their gentle simplicity and whimsy. After Studio M, Dawes headed over to the Majestic Theater. I was a little unsure about this concert.  After all Dawes doesn't exactly play the rock out jump around type music that make most live shows.  I turned out to be pleasantly surprised.  Even though Dawes has a laid back, easy going sound, they still played an amazing set.  They are great musicians and it was a show filled with passion and enthusiasm.  I think what makes them great live performers is their intensity.  Lead singer, Taylor Goldsmith, radiates a deep earnestness when he sings and its easy to see the fervor he has for playing music.  The most impressive thing about the group is their harmonies.  When these guys sing together its otherworldly and has the ability raise goosebumps.    The group is rumored to be releasing a new album sometime in the near future and they played a lot of new material.  Based on the songs they debuted on Friday, it should be a great sophomore record.  The new material stays true to their ethereal roots-rock style and fans will be thrilled.  The song most well received was When My Time Comes, their most popular song of their debut North Hills album.  The crowd went crazy making it clear this song it their most loved.

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