If You Like Good Music, See Dawes on Friday

November 3rd, 2010

After a jam session in Laurel Canyon with the likes of Chris Robinson, Connor Oberst and Benmont Tench (Tom Petty’s keyboardist), the guys in Dawes—charismatic frontman-guitarist Taylor Goldsmith, drummer Griffin Goldsmith, bassist Wylie Gelber and keyboardist Alex Casnoff—got the general idea of how they wanted their debut album, North Hills, to sound. That terrific disc came out last year, and the band, while working on their next album, has been touring ever since. When they play live, the quartet expertly shifts from a quiet song to a loud one, and sometimes you have to do a double take just to make sure only four people are making all that noise onstage. Plus, the well-written songs stay with you. (Just try to get “When My Time Comes,” above, out of your head.) For an L.A. band, they’ve played New York City a lot. And each time they come through, Dawes sound better than the previous show, which works out great since they play Webster Hall on Friday.