If the Jackson Browne oeuvre isn't your cup o' Earl Grey, I urge you nonetheless to give the California canyon-rock sound another chance with Dawes. The band actually used some of Browne's recording hardware for its recent full-length, Nothing Is Wrong, and the results are nothing short of analog pr0n. Drummer Griffin Goldsmith, younger brother to lead singer Taylor Goldsmith, broke the stage silence with some of the tightest, surest drumming of the day with "My Girl To Me." That the Goldsmith brothers are sons of Tower of Power vocalist Lenny Goldsmith may have something to do with the facility on the instruments of each.
The sheer potency of "If I Wanted Someone" was worth the trek to the Google Play stage, tucked behind the trees as it is. Tay Strathairn's deft keyboard work brought a sonic brilliance here, working an angular piano breakdown into the proceedings.
Lacking ironic distance with the genre from which it springs, a Dawes show is a decidedly spirited affair, upbeat and eminently listenable on record or on stage. We'll be back when you're next in town, gents.