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Shortly after releasing their smash debut album, North Hills, folk-rock group Dawes stopped through rural Wisconsin for a three-night Barnstormer tour with Paste’s sister publication, Daytrotter, that also included Maritime, Suckers, Christopher Denny and the Natives, Snowblink, Paleo and Brooks Strause. On the second night, Oct. 9, 2009, the tour set up in an in actual corn maze in Lodi, Wisc. Although the setting was unconventional, the crowd small, and the conditions unseasonably cold, Dawes put on a fantastic performance, showcasing a depth and maturity that’s rare for such a young group. In the years since, they’ve released four more records and collaborated with greats from Mumford and Sons to Elvis Costello, Conor Oberst and Bob Dylan—a far cry from their meek beginnings playing in a barn at the Treinen Farm Corn Maze.
With their most recent album, We’re All Gonna Live, featuring a fiercer, electronic tone, the videos of this performance offer a rare opportunity to see Dawes in their early, rawer days, with frontman Taylor Goldsmith screaming out the words: “You can judge the whole world on the sparkle that you think it lacks / Yes, you can stare into the abyss, but it’s staring right back!”
Watch Dawes play “When My Time Comes” eight years ago on this date. You can also catch them on tour throughout North America, with dates below.
Dawes 2017 North American Tour Dates
10: Seattle (Sunset Tavern)
11: Vancouver (Rogers Arena)
13: Edmonton (Rogers Place)
14: Calgary (Scotiabank Saddledome)
16: Winnipeg (Mts Centre)
17: La Crosse (Cavalier Theater)
18: St. Paul (Xcel Energy Center)
20: Columbus (Schottenstein Center)
21: Louisville (KFC Yum! Center)
23: Tuscaloosa (Tuscaloosa Amphitheater)
24: Jackson (Duling Hall)
25: Jacksonville (Daily’s Place)
27: West Palm Beach (Coral Sky Amphitheatre)
28: Tampa (Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre)
03: Mexico City (Sports Palace)
04: Mexico City (Sports Palace)
10: Highlands (Highlands Food & Wine Festival)
11: Macon (Cox Capitol Theatre)
12: Charleston (Charleston Music Hall)