Dawes Announce New Album

Dawes will be releasing their second album, Nothing is Wrong, on June 7th through ATO Records. If you can’t wait that long, you can get a little teaser of  the album with a free download of the song “If I Wanted Someone” available on their website. From there, you’ll be able to follow their weekly countdown to the release, which they are marking by putting out interview, candid, recording, and live performance footage until the big day. Should all this exclusive material tempt you to see them live, Dawes are embarking on a spring and summer tour in May. Check out the dates below!

Here are their upcoming tour dates:

May 05 – Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds (with Brett Dennen)
May 06 – Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa (with Brett Dennen)
May 07 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre (with Brett Dennen)
May 09 – Orlando, FL – Beacham Theater (with Brett Dennen)
May 10 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room (with Brett Dennen)
May 11 – Tampa, FL – State Theatre (with Brett Dennen)
May 12 – St. Augustine, FL – Café Eleven
May 13 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse (with Brett Dennen)
May 14 – Birmingham, AL – Secret Stages Festival
May 14 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
May 15 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
May 17 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre
May 18 – Carborro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
May 19 – Athens, GA – Melting Point
May 20 – Chattanooga, TN – Nightfall Series
May 23 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s (with Brett Dennen)
May 24 – Portland, ME – State Theatre (with Brett Dennen)
May 25 – Northampton, MA – The Iron Horse
May 26 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground (with Brett Dennen)
May 27 – Montreal, QC – Le National (with Brett Dennen and Milow)
May 28 – Toronto, ON – Opera House (with Brett Dennen)
May 29 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall (with Brett Dennen)
Jun 01 – Louisville, KY – Headliners (with Brett Dennen)
Jun 02 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue (with Brett Dennen)
Jun 03 – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre (with Brett Dennen)
Jun 05 – Hunter Mountain, NY – Mountain Jam (with My Morning Jacket, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Preservation Hall Jazz Band)
Jun 06 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant (with Bright Eyes and M. Ward)
Jun 07 – Louisville, KY – Iroquois Ampitheatre (with Bright Eyes)
Jun 08 – Columbus, OH – LC Ampitheatre (with Bright Eyes)
Jun 09 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE (with Bright Eyes)
Jun 10 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center (with Bright Eyes and M. Ward)
Jun 11 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap
Jun 13 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre (with Brett Dennen)
Jun 14 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre (with Brett Dennen)
Jun 15 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom (with Brett Dennen)
Jun 16 – Bend, OR – Athletic Club of Bend (with Brett Dennen)
Jun 17 – Chico, CA – El Rey Theatre (with Brett Dennen)
Jun 18 – Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre (with Brett Dennen)
Jun 20 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues (with Brett Dennen)
Jun 21 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre (with Brett Dennen)
Jun 22 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre (with Brett Dennen)
Jun 23 – Las Vegas, NV – Silverton Casino (with Brett Dennen)
Jun 24 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory (with Brett Dennen)
Jun 25 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre (with Brett Dennen)
Jul 02 – Emeryville, CA – High Sierra Music Festival
Jul 07 – Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Folk Festival
Jul 08 – Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Folk Festival


Middle Brother Plans Tour

After several on-stage collaborations, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, John McCauley of Deer Tick and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit announced late last year that they were heading into the studio to record an album under the moniker Middle Brother. Since then, we’ve heard whispers concerning how the album might sound. Finally, with their album’s March 1st release date quickly approaching, Middle Brother has unveiled a single and slew of tour dates. Check them out down below.


Middle Brother – Middle Brother by WesleyAmbrecht


02 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club  *
03 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club  *
04 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel *
05 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg *
06 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom  *
09 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts *
10 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall *
11 – Toronto, ON – Opera House (w/ Deer Tick)
12 – Chicago, IL – Metro  *
13 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre  *
14 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue  *
15 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theater *
17 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada  *
18 – Austin, TX –  Brooklyn Vegan, Partisan Records, and KF Records Present: A Free SXSW Day Party at Swan Dive / Barbarella (SXSW)
19 – Austin, TX – Auditorium Shores/Ground Control Touring Showcase (SXSW)

03 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent  #
04 – Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley  #
05 – Santa Barbara, CA – Soho  &
06 – Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar  &
07 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo  &
08 – San Diego, CA – The Loft  &

* = w/ Dawes and Deer Tick
# = w/ Blake Mills
& = w/ Jonny Corndawg

Middle Brother Gets Technological

Middle Brother are taking a new angle to fan-interaction. The group has taken it upon themselves to develop their very own iPhone app.

The (free) app is intended to bring fans exclusive news, content and a new level of interaction with the band. You can download it right here. The app comes in preparation of the band’s first album, which will be out March 1st.

Middle Brother, in case you hadn’t heard, is made up of Deer Tick’s John McCauley, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith and Delta Spirit’s Matthew Vazquez. The three toured together in 2009 and realized their musical tastes were too similar to not collaborate in some form.

The group will be touring starting March 2nd to celebrate their self-titled release. Their schedule looks like this…


Mar-02 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

Mar-03 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club

Mar-04 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

Mar-05 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

Mar-06 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

Mar-09 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts

Mar-10 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall

Mar-11 – Toronto, ON – Opera House

Mar-12 – Chicago, IL – Metro

Mar-13 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre

Mar-14 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

Mar-15 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theater

Mar-17 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada

Mar-19 – Austin, TX – Auditorium Shores/Ground Control Touring Showcase


Chevrolet Adopts Dawes’ “When Time Comes” for Commercial

It’s not hard to hear why “When My Time Comes” from Los Angeles band Dawes was chosen by one of the automobile industry’s leading brands, Chevrolet, to score their newest commercial. The single off the off their September 2009 released album North Hills, named for the part of Los Angeles from which they hail, is a real solid, folksy narrative and one that seems to target the Chevrolet demographic.

It’s got that blue collar pride and Springsteen spirit that accompanies all too well the Chevrolet truck and what it represents: The American Dream, more or less. The comparison between Dawes’ video of “When My Time Comes” and Chevrolet’s sampling is a progression. The band’s official video shows an early 20th Century impoverished and enslaved life as the band plays inmates shoveling dirt on the side of the road watched over by oppressive, Aviator-adorning cops, then they escape to a haven in the woods playing makeshift instruments like pots for drums and an upright bass with one string.

The Chevrolet commercial, using effective marketing, shows the modern American life using the truck as proof of endurance and invention ranging from everyday tasks to police missions and ending with a declarative motto: “This is how America gets work done.”

Who is Middle Brother?

Earlier this week, Partisan Records made a huge announcement; Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, John McCauley of Deer Tick, and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit have joined forces to create Middle Brother. Since the trio played their tiny, late-night, unannounced event at CMJ under the moniker “MG&V,” there have been whispers that a side project wasn’t far off. But, little did we know that the guys had already wrapped their debut record, which is set for a March 1st, 2011 release date.

Middle Brother will be playing a one-off show December 20 at the Troubadour in Los Angeles  to benefit Invisible Children. That show will also feature an acoustic McCauley set.


NYC Weekly Show Roundup!

Cassette Kids, At Sea, Phone Home @ S.O.B.’s

Florence and the Machine, The Smith Westerns @ Terminal 5

Dum Dum Girls, Frankie Rose & The Outs @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Shout Out Out Out Out, Free Blood @ (le) poisson rogue

Clinic, The Fresh & Onlys, Girls at Dawn @ Bowery Ballroom

Joemca, Bird Love, Recess Brooklyn @ Cake Shop

Ava Luna, Spanish Prisoners, Data Dog, Can’t Tell @ Glasslands

Florence and the Machine, The Smith Westerns @ Terminal 5

Black Mountain, The Black Angels @ Bowery Ballroom

Shout Out Out Out Out @ Glasslands

The Dears, Zeus @ Knitting Factory

Bettie Serveert, The Art of Shooting @ Maxwell’s

Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, Hooray for Earth, Zambri, Arpline @ Pianos

The Duke Spirit, The Rassle @ Santos Party House

The Fresh  & Onlys, Royal Baths, X-Ray Eyeballs @ Shea Stadium

Wolf Parade, Ogre You Asshole @ The Wellmont Theatre

Blonde Redhead, Pantha Du Prince @ Webster Hall

Matt Costa, Everest @ Bowery Ballroom

Shark?, Roo, Byrds of Paradise, Dinosaur Feathers @ Bruar Falls

Bob Mould, Lenny Kaye @ City Winery

The Dears, Himalaya @ Knitting Factory

The Black Angels, Black Mountain @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

The Script, Joshua Radin @ Terminal 5

Blonde Redhead, Pantha Du Prince @ Webster Hall

Bob Mould, Marshall Crenshaw @ Citery Winery

Freelance Whales, Miniature Tigers @ Maxwell’s

Matt Costa, Everest, Boy & Bear @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

The Script, Joshua Radin @ Terminal 5

The Dandy Warhols, Blue Giant @ The Bell House

Interpol, White Rabbits @ United Palace Theatre

Dawes, Vetiver, Peter Wolf Crier @ Webster Hall