As the principal songwriter of Dawes, Taylor Goldsmith has long been exploring the poetry of quotidian life; with the band Cassorla (a guest artist-fueled project helmed by in-demand guitarist Ben Cassorla) he takes that poetry into fuzzy and pissed-off territory with the safe-to-blast-anywhere-but-work track "Future One."
Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes nailed it early in the evening: "Small venue. Sold out. One hundred degrees. No better place to be."
Dawes is from Los Angeles and have become linked to a new Laurel Canyon sound that remakes the sound (if not the scene) made in the late '60s by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell, the Byrds and others. Their music harks back to a time when the grass was green, not red or purple, and mellow was a way of life, not an ice cream flavor.
Middle ground doesn't exist when it comes to Bob Dylan shows. The response is either, "I can't believe I walked six blocks in the rain for this," or "I have printed set lists from every show he's played in the past five years! Do you want to see them?" I overheard both of those snippets within seconds of standing among the rain-besotted crowd in the Peabody's lobby.
The third annual LouFest music festival in Forest Park took place this past Saturday and Sunday, with some of the best acts in pop, rock, hip hop and electronic music.
I am still finding pieces of confetti in my hair and clothes as I type this, remnants of a wet and wild weekend at LouFest 2012 in Forest Park.
The year 2011 was a great one for music. My #1 was an album that I heard at the beginning of the year, but it was able to stay in my top spot, a rare occurrence for me.
It would be myopic to say that people only go to concerts to be entertained. Any music nerd who saves his or her ticket stubs could tell you that.
Bright Eyes took the Pageant stage in front of a sold-out crowd last night. Technicolor lights and Conor Oberst's undeniable stage presence held the set together as fans pumped their fists and sang along, song after song. Dawes opened the evening with a solid set and no doubt won some new fans by the end.