Tuesday, January 12, 2010


With a debut album North Hills released last year in September, this Los Angeles-based band oozes the type of old-time Americana music decked with sing-along choruses that urges the soul to resound along with the heartfelt lyrics. Dawes, the quartet that makes alternative rock with a soulful and folksy crust, reminds one of a softened version of Monsters of Folk with an added sunbeam of inspiration from the carefree Californian coast. Lead singer Taylor Goldsmith's vocals are backwoodsy and true and it's hard not to think of groups like The Band and a little Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young while listening to the group's toe-tapping numbers. If the rumors are true, the recordings don't do the band enough justice, so make sure to check out their myspace for tour information.

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