Dawes is an American folk rock band from Los Angeles, California, composed of brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, along with Wylie Gelber and Tay Strathairn.
Dawes is part of the Laurel Canyon sound, which is centered in the North Hills area of Los Angeles and often cites influences such as Crosby, Stills, and Nash and Neil Young, among others. At the invitation of producer Jonathan Wilson, the band joined a local informal jam session that included Conor Oberst, The Black Crowes's Chris Robinson, and Benmont Tench. The band recorded their debut album, North Hills, in Laurel Canyon in a live setting to analog tap, resulting in a sound that Rolling Stone magazine called "authentically vintage". Wilco multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone is also credited with appearing on the release. Dawes released their second album, Nothing Is Wrong, on June 7, 2011.
Blitzen Trapper is a Portland, Oregon-based experimental alternative country/folk band. Formed in 2000, the band currently operates as a sextet, with Eric Earley (guitar/vocals), Erik Menteer (guitar/keyboard), Brian Adrian Koch (drums/vocals), Michael VanPelt (bass), and Marty Marquis (guitar, keyboards, vocals). Blitzen Trapper self-released its first three albums. Blitzen Trapper released its third album, Wild Mountain Nation, in 2007 to much critical acclaim from critics such as Pitchfork Media, The Nerve, and Spin Magazine. The group signed to Sub Pop Records in the summer of 2007 and released their fourth album Furr in 2008. It was a high-water mark for the group and their eclectic new songs received a two-page feature in Rolling Stone. Their latest album Maybe Baby came out in 2011.
"...the sextet spun off gorgeous, gauzy multi-part harmonies that would've made the aforementioned Fleet Foxes jaws drop, backed with Dylanesque, harmonica-laden lullabyes. Earley serenaded the audience with the tender "Furr" off their titular Sub Pop debut in a swooning rendition." - Quote from Timeout Chicago following Blitzen Trapper's performance at Lollapalooza 2010.
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