What to Do Tonight: Dawes

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Is that Harpo Marx back there?
  • Is that Harpo Marx back there?

Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith writes about what he knows only halfway. He doesn’t quite understand feelings. He may not be an expert on his own emotions, but he sure knows how to use them to draw audience reaction. It also helps that Dawes’ live shows are more plugged in than their 2009 debut, North Hills, a mellow record of plaintive alt-country strummers. Acoustic guitars are replaced by electric ones onstage, and the quartet aims for a more aggressive tone. “When My Time Comes” sounds like vintage Springsteen, and “Love Is All I Am” is a timeless late-summer song that’s right at home under a sunset-drenched cattail field. But if you’re like Goldsmith — and have a thing for Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Jackson Browne — you won’t need the picturesque settings to feel at home. You’ll find comfort by just sitting back and chilling with the band. Dawes, with Young Man, play the Beachland Tavern at 9 p.m. Tickets: $12, $10 in advance. —Danielle Sills

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