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Daytrotter’s Barnstormer Tour Closes in Maquoketa on April 30
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2011-04-26 17:53:50

Daytrotter.com’s latest Barnstormer tour – five nights of live music in Midwestern barns – closes Saturday at the Codfish Hollow barn in Makoqueta. The Reader published an interview with headliner Sondre Lerche in 2009 (RCReader.com/y/lerche), but we wanted to acquaint our readers with a couple of the other bands on this year’s tour: Guards and the Romany Rye. (The bill also includes Keegan DeWitt, ARMS, Mike & the Moonpies, and Hands.)

Richie James Follin of Guards. Photo by Olivia Malone.Guards: A Series of Fortunate Events

Richie James Follin said that the ongoing joke of his current band is that as long as a song has a Omnichord – an electronic instrument that was meant to mimic an autoharp – and a 12-string electric guitar, it’s a Guards song, regardless of genre or any other consideration.

So Guards’ seven-inch of covers includes a startlingly sleepy and longing inversion of Metallica’s “Motorbreath” alongside transformed tracks from M.I.A. and Vampire Weekend. There’s a dreamy, retro haze over everything, but on that and the earlier collection of seven songs that Follin posted on Guards’ Bandcamp site (Guards.Bandcamp.com), the vibe ranges from dark, propulsive pop to angular, doom-filled rock. (Both sets of recordings can be downloaded for free.)


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Close the Gap: Dawes, at Daytrotter’s Barn on the Fourth of July
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2010-06-30 14:11:32

DawesThe California-based band Dawes has parlayed its debut album, last fall's North Hills, into slots at this year's Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza festivals, and if you've heard the sensitive and often lovely record, you know that's probably not an easy transition.

The group's warm, nakedly emotional songs recall the 1960s and '70s -- aggressively, one could say, if aggression weren't so antithetical to them; they seem built for intimate venues. AbsolutePunk.net wrote that the album is "a collection of 11 near-flawless roots-rock offerings that drip with such a defined sense of soul, grit, and harmony [that] it feels nearly criminal to label this album contemporary." Rolling Stone named the album's "That Western Skyline" one of the 25 best songs of 2009.

Guitarist, lead vocalist, and songwriter Taylor Goldsmith is only in his mid-20s, but North Hills is full of musical maturity, patience, and confidence -- a willingness to let the work overshadow the performers.


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