Review: Conor Oberst, Dawes ignite fiery folk finale

Contributing Music WriterJune 9, 2014 

2014 Hangout Music Festival - Day 1

Conor Oberst, with the band Dawes, performs at the 2014 Hangout Music Festival on Friday, May 16, 2014, in Gulf Shores, Alabama. (Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP)


It was only the last performance before a monthlong break. But Saturday's three-hour lovefest between Conor Oberst and the band Dawes had all the finality of a permanent farewell. There was even a surprise guest, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, to bolster the festivities.

The collaborative program began with an hourlong, pop-friendly set from the Southern California-based Dawes. Oberst followed, with Dawes as his backup band, for two hours of more restlessly poetic tunes that included music forged during his tenures with Bright Eyes and the Mystic Valley Band. James showed up to jam at the end of each set with a hooded, cross-armed cohort. A sidekick? A bodyguard? A simple eccentricity? No one knew for sure.

Read the full review at Walter Tunis' blog.

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