On Tour: Dawes

Their voices are still the same, but it feels like they all read books that blew their minds.

Dawes has a new album out. This is their fifth, and it’s the most distinctly “Dawes-yet-not-Dawes” thing I’ve ever heard. Their voices are still the same, but it feels like they all read books that blew their minds, took a life-changing journey over mountains and through jungles, slid into home on their faces, and picked up brand new instruments when they got home. I guess you could say the sound has matured, but that’s not as fun.

There was a glut of new folk music a few years ago, all that sounded about the same with names like “The Arrow and the Monkey” or “Bottle + Bard” or something equally pedantic. I think Dawes could easily have shifted into this sameness and stayed there—successfully. Instead, it sounds as if they decided to shake things up a bit. Their new album has the same lovely harmonies we fell in love with, along with some funk (they have been hanging out with Alabama Shakes quite a bit) and some pop, if I’m not mistaken.

The best thing, I think, about the album is the feeling of excitement that comes through from the band to us. They’re totally into giving us this music, you guys. It feels like a present, handed to us while they’re grinning and high fiving in the background. Fairly ironic for an album called We’re All Gonna Die. | Melissa Cynova

You can see Dawes live at The Pageant in St. Louis on February 1; the full tour itinerary is below.

01.13 | Fremont Theater, San Luis Obispo, CA
01.14 | Lobero, Santa Barbara, CA
01.20 | Montbleu Resort, Lake Tahoe
01.26 | Bomb Factory, Dallas
01.28 | Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, Austin
01.29 | ACM @ UCO, Oklahoma City
01.31 | Rev Room, Little Rock
02.01 | The Pageant, St. Louis
02.03 | State Theatre, Minneapolis
02.04 | Englert Theatre, Iowa City
02.06 | Barrymore Theatre, Madison WI
02.07 | The Waiting Room, Omaha
02.08 | The Orpheum, Sioux Falls SD
02.10 | Fox Theatre, Boulder
02.11 | Belly Up, Aspen
02.12 | The Depot, Salt Lake City
02.21 | Fillmore, San Francisco
02.22 | Wonder Ballroom, Portland
02.24 | Showbox, Seattle
02.25 | Wilma Theatre, Missoula MT
02.26 | Pub Station Ballroom, Billings MT
02.28 | Wooly’s, Des Moines
03.01 | Riviera Theatre, Chicago
03.03 | Iron City, Birmingham AL
03.04 | Variety Playhouse, Atlanta
03.05 | DPAC, Durham NC
03.07 | The Grand Opera House, Wilmington DE
03.08 | Lincoln Theatre, Washington DC
03.10 | Beacon Theatre, New York
03.11 | Orpheum, Boston
03.12 | Infinity Hall, Hartford CT
03.14 | Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton MA
03.15 | State Theater, Ithaca NY
03.17 | The Opera House, Toronto ON
03.18 | State Theatre, Kalamazoo MI
03.19 | The Vogue, Indianapolis
03.21 | Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa
03.22 | Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe NM
03.23 | Orpheum Theater, Flagstaff AZ
04.01 | The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles
04.21 | The Brown Theatre, Louisville KY
04.22 | Lynchstock Music Festival, Lynchburg VA
04.23 | High Water Festival, Charleston SC
04.25 | Orange Peel, Asheville NC
04.26 | Bijou Theatre, Knoxville TN
04.28-29 | Ryman Auditorium, Nashville
04.30 | Revelry Room, Chattanooga TN
05.02 | Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre, Wilmington NC
05.03 | Fillmore, Charlotte NC
06.11 | LaurelLive Festival, Cleveland

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