Obsession of the Week: Dawes

The obsession for the week is Dawes,  a Los Angeles-based 4 piece, who recently released there self-titled debut album on the label Record Collection. I’ve been a huge fan of this band for sometime, and word has definitely been spreading about their live shows, which have become packed with their growing following.

Download my favorite song by them below, and you can purchase the album on iTunes. They are heading to
SXSW next week, and then they will tour the US, opening for Jenny Lewis.

Check out the dates after the cut.

Dawes- When My Time Comes


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Shhhhhhhh: Conor Oberst Played the R Bar Last Night (and He Hopes LA Chokes)

Last night Threadtrend was lucky enough to make its way into the super-secret Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band show at R Bar. For those not clued in, R Bar on Mondays has a floating password that changes from week to week as different musical acts take the stage.

Last night people in attendance were treated to a very, very intimate performance by Oberst and his cohorts. The show openers for the night were Z from The Like, Michael Runion, Nick Freitas, Whispertown2000, and Dawes. I was really impressed with Dawes, who co-headlines the Troubadour next week, but back to the show at hand…

Playing the tiny cramped bar, Conor and the Mystic Valley Band went through most of the cuts from his new self-titled album (With his latest work, he has dropped the moniker Bright Eyes as well as dropping the label Saddlecreek in favor of Merge, which is home to Arcade Fire and Spoon). The set opened with Conor declaring “This is disgusting.” Not happy with the supercool crowd who decided talking during a show is permitable, he shouted “Shut up motherfuckers!”

Being able to see him in a smaller venue than even his current sold out club tour was a nice treat. Conor played with an angry fury, knocking over his mic stand, playing from atop the drum kit, and by the end of his show, he had his back to the crowd as he sang the closing refrain of “Milk Thistle”:

“If I go to heaven i’ll be bored as hell, like a crying baby at the bottom of the well”

After this, he looked to the crowd and said “LA, I HOPE YOU CHOKE,” and left the stage. Despite the verbal abuse, the 70 or so lucky people crammed into the bar all felt lucky for witnessing a very special talent whose star continues to rise.

Conor plays a sold out show at the Troubadour tonight. The self-titled album is out today, so pick it up.

Here are some cuts from the album as well as his upcoming tour dates:
Cape Canaveral

Souled Out!!!

8/05 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour – SOLD OUT
8/08 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
8/09 Carrboro, NC Cats Cradle
8/10 Norfolk, VA Norva
8/11 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
8/12 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom – SOLD OUT
8/17 Saratoga, NY Saratoga Music Festival


9/20 Omaha, NE Anchor Inn w/ Jenny Lewis
9/21 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium w/ Jenny Lewis
9/22 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theatre w/ Jenny Lewis
9/23 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge w/ Jenny Lewis
9/24 Oxford, MS The Lyric w/ Jenny Lewis
9/25 Tulsa, TX Cain’s Ballroom w/ Jenny Lewis
9/27 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits

10/21 Los Angeles, CA Music Box @ Fonda
10/22 Los Angeles, CA Music Box @ Fonda
10/24 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
11/08 New York, NY Terminal 5
11/09 New York, NY Terminal 5