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Revisited: Brett Dennen and DAWES – 6 23 11 – Las Vegas

24 Jun

Last night was one of those concerts you really appreciate, intimate venue and musicians who you could tell were genuinely having fun.  Plus the venue, Veil at the Silverton, is a really great place in Vegas to catch a show.

I was super excited not only to see Brett Dennen in concert once again but also the opening act DAWES and let’s just say neither disappointed.  DAWES ripped through a 45 minute set playing a handful of songs off their new album Nothing Is Wrong, which came out two weeks ago, and work off their debut album North Hills including the crowd favorite “When My Time Comes.”  Two little side notes, last night bassist Wylie Gelber could have been mistaken for the Treme character Sonny played by Michiel Huisman and please if you haven’t already, check out Taylor Goldsmith’s side project Middle Brother which I still can’t get enough of.

A quarter after 9 p.m. Dennen took the stage in Las Vegas for the first time.  He definitely had the crowd dancing throughout while jamming on both his acoustic and electric guitars to deliver a 90 minute set that spanned his catalog and also included a couple sing-a-longs.  As expected, he performed a lot of new material off his latest disc, Loverboy including “Dancing at a Funeral,” “Comeback Kid,” and “Sydney (I’ll Come Running).” The highlight of the show however was the four song encore which began with Dennen playing “Heaven” and “Ain’t No Reason” acoustically before being joined by his band and DAWES for a rocking cover of Steve Miller Band’s “Swingtown.”  Closing with “Blessed” the song that put him on the musical map was a perfect way to cap the night.

Music Monday: Middle Brother

25 Apr

Another band I am really into lately has been Middle Brother.  Haven’t heard of them? You need to get yourself familiar pronto.  A quasi super group comprised of John J. McCauley III of Deer Tick, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, and Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit these fellas are crazy good songwriters and put together a really great disc after first performing together at SXSW in 2010.  Releasing their self titled debut album last month, be on the lookout for the trio when you see any of their bands on festival billings.

April 2011 Playlist

19 Apr

Here is a playlist for April.  I’m going to try and make a new one each month so be on the lookout.  These selections are a mix of the artists I’ve been listening to lately.  Let me know what you like, don’t like, want to hear more of.  Weather is getting nicer out so the need for driving and pool music is a necessity!

Cheers!

Craig

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April 2011

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – “The Golden Age

Old Crow Medicine Show – “Wagon Wheel

The Avett Brothers – “I and Love and You

Angus & Julia Stone – “Paper Aeroplane

G. Love – “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover

Freelance Whales – “Generator^First Floor

Mumford & Sons – “Lover Of The Light

Fleet Foxes – “Helplessness Blues

Brett Dennen – “Dancing At A Funeral

Donavon Frankenreiter – “Dance Like Nobody’s Watching

Anthony B – “Never Wanna Lose You” ft. Gyptian

Gyptian – “Take Me Higher

Kings of Leon – “Back Down South

Middle Brother – “Portland

Jenny & Johnny – “Big Wave

Bruno Mars – “Count On Me

Jack Johnson – “From The Clouds

The Beautiful Girls – “Running

Graffiti6 – “Free