With their slackerfied-Blondie sounds, California trio Best Coast have a lot of potential as an up and coming band to get big on their first time around.
Dawes' formal debut, "North Hills," echoes the Laurel Canyon sound of yore. Think Neil Young, CSNY, The Band and yup, we're going for it, "early" Eagles. Gorgeous harmonies, gorgeous guitar lines and they bring it live.
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She & him frontwoman Zooey Deschanel has soulful, clever lyrics (ex: "running away from you is like running a business") and a voice like freshly-baked pie. Cooling on a windowsill. In Venice Beach. In 1945.
Cincinnati/Brooklyn croon-rockers The National are touring in front of their follow-up to 2007's acclaimed Boxer, coming in May of this year.