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Dawes: Great Scott, Allston - 2.20.10

Dawes is a four piece from Los Angeles California, touring behind their great debut album North Hills.  On record I can hear elements of The Band in their music (Rick Danko's soulfulness, Robbie's guitar licks and Levon Helm's raw passion), and the unmistakable laid-back vibe that most California bands exude.  Live, however, the songs take on a greater intensity - lyrics are belted with more emotion, guitar solos are longer, crescendos build to higher climaxes. 

 Dawes at Great Scott in Allston - Feb 20, 2010Dawes' recent show at Great Scott was, as far as I can tell, their first headlining show in Boston.  The sold out crowd was ready to party (it was a Saturday night afterall) and the band did not disappoint.  The show was high energy from the start, tight and very well-paced - this is clearly a band that knows what they're doing on stage, a trait that seems harder to come by when blog hype often leads to extensive touring before bands find their legs.  New songs were met with rapt attention, favorites from the debut album North Hills were often nearly drowned out by enthusiastic singalongs.  Standout When My Time Comes was a cathartic end to the main set.  The encore featured a Warren Zevon cover (Lawyers, Guns and Money), album highlight Peace In The Valley and one last singalong to the chorus "i've got a feeling, it's gonna be alright".  I have to admit, while I love this band, I did not expect the crowd to be *that* into the show - it was great.

By the end of the 1 hour 15 minute set, i don't think anyone in the packed and sweaty Great Scott doubted that Dawes is one of the best and hardest working live bands on the road right now.  Check out the full set below in mp3, sound quality is very good:


When You Call My Name
Give Me Time
Bedside Manner
If I Wanted Someone
Love Is All I Am
How Far We've Come
If You Let Me Be Your Anchor
My Girl To Me
Time Spent In Los Angeles
That Western Skyline
When My Time Comes
Lawyers, Guns and Money (Warren Zevon)
Peace In The Valley
I've Got A Feeling (It's Gonna Be Alright)

Full show (mp3 zip):  Download here


Photos courtesy of Boston through my eyes

Note:  recordings are posted with the consent of the artist for personal use - do not sell any recordings found on visible voice.  Please support the artists featured on this page by buying their albums and visiting their websites.  Dawes official site


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testing comments - sweet article!

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterspingeton

Great show! Are you still planning on posting a lossless of this?

March 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJK

Would you mind upping the full show MP3 again? The link appears to be dead at the moment.


August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJon

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