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Review | Robert Ellis – The Lights From The Chemical Plant

[I]t’s amazing what moving to a new city and a haircut can do. In 2012, Robert Ellis moved from Houston to Nashville and shortly thereafter cut his Willie Nelson-length long locks. In East Nashville he recorded his third studio album The Lights From The Chemical Plant, out February 11 on New West Records, which is simply one hell of an album. The album opens with the unassumingly charming TV Song, an ode to television. “I’m a gun fighter, I’m a bull rider. I’m a captain of some pirate ship at sea,” Ellis day dreams on the track. In a day where…


Friday at Newport Folk Festival in Photos

[F]riday at the Folk Fest may have been a rainy day affair, but as far as opening the Festival, we had a great opportunity to get our groove on, checking out sets from Amanda “F-ing” Palmer, Phosphorescent, Blake Mills backed up by Dawes, The Milk Carton Kids, folk upstarts Kingsley Flood, Houndmouth, John McCaulley of Deer Tick and closed out the day as the sun peeked through the clouds with the Old Crow Medicine Show. Take a look at our first day in photos from our photographer, Jamie Reiley,  and let us know which show you most enjoyed.


New Music | Dawes – From A Window Seat

[L]os Angeles folk rock band Dawes has finally released a new single off their upcoming record, Stories Don’t End, titled “From A Window Seat,” a song written on Goldsmith’s uneasiness flying in airplanes. It’s got a distinctive classic rock / pop feel, which seems very very influenced by their time touring with Jackson Browne. It’s a bit of a sonic shift, but definitely feels like a maturation process from one of the best young bands out there. Look for Stories Don’t End April 9th. Preorder here.  


Top Albums of 2011 10-6

We all love lists, and we all love sarcasm. Though, I think its important to reflect upon the last year of music, I’m going to do so through the use of a list. It was a fantastic year full of awesome albums, and I’m going to count down a bunch of my favorites, and give you something to listen to while reading. Welcome to the top 10, albums that to be quite honest, could all be number ones, but hey it wouldn’t be a list without some order. 10. Rural Alberta Advantage – Departing The Rural Alberta Advantage – North…

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Review | Dawes, Blitzen Trapper and The Belle Brigade at Royale

Dawes – If I Wanted Someone Blitzen Trapper – American Goldwing The weekend got started off right Friday evening with an early show, and I mean early show at the Royale. After a long week, amazing sets by The Belle Brigade, Dawes and Blitzen Trapper seemed to be just the fix. The Belle Brigade hit the stage at 6 p.m. sharp. While Ethan Very and, used out You of not hair combination to her blonde is it safe to buy clomid online used to. Retails “pharmacystore” Purchased skin stuff for help ordering antibiotics from mexico patient best or…

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Tomorrow Night | Dawes, Blitzen Trapper and The Belle Brigade at the Royale

  Dawes – If I Wanted Someone Blitzen Trapper – American Goldwing Simply put: tomorrow night’s Dawes, Blitzen Trapper and The Belle Brigade show at The Royale is bound to be well, pretty freaking great. Grab your tickets now, arrive early and enjoy. Dawes, who released their sophomore album back in June, are on their first post-Middle Brother tour promoting their new material. And while audiences became fans with the epic sing-alongs of When My Time Comes, it’s about time that we get to hear some of their new stuff, how it was meant to be enjoyed, live. If you’ve…

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Tonight | Dawes at The Wang Center

Dawes – If I Wanted Someone Dawes’ sophomore album Nothing is Wrong released back in June, and I was a huge supporter of the stunning lyrics and a 70’s styled folk sensibility they displayed on the album. But one thing that is different about a Dawes album and a Dawes show is just how absolutely fantastic they truly are. The band has been touring relentlessly since they released the album and are stopping here in Boston tonight to open for the incomparable Alison Krauss. For those in the stands tonight that aren’t aware of just how fantastic this Californian band…

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Review | Dawes – Nothing is Wrong

Dawes – If I Wanted Someone

Dawes’ sophomore album Nothing is Wrong releases today, its the highly anticipated follow up to 2009 indie-folk sleeper North Hills.  Nothing is Wrong picks up where they left off 2 years ago, with stunning lyrics and a 70’s styled folk sensibility.

Two years ago, when Dawes released North Hills, it would have been on my top 5 list, so there was a lot to live up to for me.  Since then, Dawes has toured relentlessly and luckily we’ve been blessed out here in New England with a few shows from the band and have seen the band play some of their new material.  This new material presents itself as more of a blend of 70’s folk rock elements rather than the quieter, understated folk style they employed on North Hills.  It seems as they’ve grown up on the road, they’ve also turned it up a notch. As someone that has seen Dawes play live numerous times this album plays more like a show of theirs than does its predecessor. Taylor has been allowed to step out in front, and showcase himself as a lead guitarist, playing solos that are timeless sounding; a near re-imagining of his past influences.

The album opens with the road weary ‘Time Spent in Los Angeles’ a poignant track that leads with  “These days my friends don’t seem to know me, without my suitcase in my hand,” a line that really paints a picture of the loneliness and desolate nature that comes with life on the road which seems to be a common theme..  Dawes sweeps through subjects of heartbreak on released track ‘If I Wanted Someone,’ & ‘Million Dollar Bill.’  Goldsmith’s songwriting shines on each song as he has a special ability to write intimate and revealing songs that capture some of the raw emotion of lost connections and a travelling life and ultimately a reminder that no matter how far they get away they’ll always make their way back home.  Its this steadfast nod to where they come from &their influences that make this album shine.

The album is truly is a gem, its a fantastic listen that displays both superb writing skills and some of the best musicianship out there these days.  Sure the content & style is made for a more mature audience and lovers of a retro folk rock paradigm (I find myself saying “My dad would love this”) its a testament to musicians not trying to reinvent the wheel, but perfecting a sound that is timeless.

I’ve been listening to this album for a month and I honestly have put 30+ listens into it, and I know for sure, it is one album you must own in this year, and years to come I can honestly say, when it comes to this album… Nothing is Wrong.

Get yourself out there and buy Nothing Is Wrong I guarantee, it will be one album you remember.

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Dawes announces new record, releases single If I Wanted Someone

Dawes – If I Wanted Someone

So happy to hear and let everyone know that Dawes will be releasing their new album June 7th. The album, entitled Nothing is Wrong will be the follow up to their fantastic North Hills album which was out 2 years ago. They released this song ‘If I Wanted Someone’ which if you’ve been to any of their shows over the past 8 months or so you’ve probably heard it. It features gorgeous gang chorus’ a very ‘petty’ guitar riff, a wandering Goldsmith guitar solo and per usual some really great songwriting.

One of my absolute favorite bands out there, they are just so fantastic and I’m near jumping out of my seat at hearing the first recording of this track.

Grab a copy for yourself:

You need to see this band live. Period. And they are making it easy…

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