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Just Announced: XPN welcomes Dawes at The Grand Opera House in March

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Dawes | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

After releasing their fifth studio record We’re All Gonna Die in September, California outfit Dawes have announced a supporting tour for next spring. Taylor Goldsmith & co. will bring the album to the historic Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday, March 7th, with tickets going on sale this Friday, November 18th.

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Hear the new Dawes album a week early via NPR Music’s First Listen

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Dawes | photo by Clara Balzary | courtesy of the artist

California rockers and XPN favorites Dawes return next Friday with their fifth album, We’re All Gonna Die. It’s a provocative title on the one hand and a statement of fact on the other hand. NPR’s Jason Heller says in his review that the music contained within proves that Dawes, even after seven years together, still strives to outdo itself as musicians and songwriters. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Dawes and Kathleen Edwards will play the Electric Factory in July

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Dawes | photo courtesy of the artist

Two XPN favorites are joining forces this summer when California rockers Dawes and Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards share the stage of the Electric Factory on Saturday, July 16th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 15th.

Dawes continues to support last year’s warmly-recieved album All Your Favorite Bands, while Edwards – who stepped back from music in 2014 to focus on running a coffee shop in Ottawa – makes her return to the stage. No word yet on whether new music is involved too, but hey, any Kathleen Edwards is cool with us. Her last release was 2012’s Voyageur. Continue reading →

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Dawes powers through a set at The Grand Opera House

Dawes | Photo by Hope Helmuth | hopehelmuth.com
Dawes | Photo by Hope Helmuth | hopehelmuth.com

The historic Grand Opera House in Wilmington was host to a special evening this Sunday with Hiss Golden Messenger and the proven powerhouse that is Dawes.

The theater, with all its personality, set the scene for an extraordinary rock-show soundscape. Hiss Golden Messenger gave the crowd just what they needed with sultry tunes to prepare them for the fearless yet comforting Dawes. Playing with the heat of their latest album, All Your Favorite Bands, Dawes gave us a set list full of the new hits including “Things Happen” and “Somewhere Along the Way.” Continue reading →

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Watch Dawes cover Billy Joel’s “Big Shot” at #XPNFest

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Dawes | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

One of the biggest highlight of the 2015 XPoNential Music Festival was Dawes‘ Friday night headlining set (read a recap here), and one of the highlights of that set was an encore cover of “Big Shot” by Billy Joel.

Drummer Griffin Goldsmith took lead on it, and his delivery is so spot-on similar to Long Island’s favorite son that I was over in the production tent wondering why we were blaring 52nd Street over the PA. (Don’t judge – it had been a long day.) Revisit the cover below in a video recently posted to VuHaus. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Dawes gives Philly fans the set they’ve been craving

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Dawes | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

If you’re an #XPNFest regular, I probably don’t even have to tell you the story. Los Angeles rock and roll four-piece Dawes played in 2012, and it rained during their set; they returned in 2013, and it rained even harder, so much so that their set had to be called off. In 2014 they were back, this time on the Susquehanna Bank Center stage opening the night for Jenny Lewis and Ryan Adams…but fans were crushed that they only got to play a five-song / 25 minute set. Which brings us to tonight, with Dawes headlining the first night of XPNFest 2015 and nary a cloud in the sky. Continue reading →