band to watch: de novo dahl
  • TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2008

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Let's imagine a buffet of our favorite music; what bands would be interesting if we threw them together in a blender, and seasoned them with just a little of something fresh? I'm imagining a healthy portion of The New Pornographers, mixed with chunks of The Flaming Lips with just a touch of optimism sprinkled on top now and then, courtesy of We're From Barcelona. The result must sound something like self proclaimed "rising pop stars and vintage swimwear connoisseurs" De Novo Dahl.

Is it possible that Nashville will start to give us brand spanking new indie pop rock, instead of just another seven thousand Carrie Underwood/Kenny Chesney clones? Let's hope so, because these guys have some serious tunes. The vocals are huge on slower tracks like "Been Kept Up," which is a nice contrast to the incredible energy of tracks like "Shout," "The Sky is Falling," or "Be Your Man." Especially the latter is perfect fodder for, I hesitate to say it but we're all thinking it, a hipster dance-party. The bright palette of synth and guitars really nails the aesthetic of the all the other pop-rock out there, and I'd say these guys are headed for a bright future filled with clapping and sing-alongs. Check out their new release, Move Every Muscle, Make Every Sound, in stores and online now. -joe puglisi

De Novo Dahl on Tour
5/12 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues Cambridge Room w/Tally Hall
5/14 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress w/Tally Hall
5/18 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey w/Tally Hall
5/20 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's w/Tally Hall
5/21 - Portland, OR - Roseland Grill w/Tally Hall
5/22 - Seattle, WA - Live in Studio Performance on 90.3 KEXP
5/22 - Seattle, WA - The High Dive w/Tally Hall
5/24 - Provo, UT - Club Velour w/Tally Hall
5/25 - Denver, CO - The Falcon w/Tally Hall
5/27 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room w/Tally Hall
5/28 - St Louis, MO - The Bluebird w/Tally Hall
5/29 - Dayton, OH - The Pearl w/Tally Hall
5/30 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio w/Tally Hall & The Spinto Band
5/31 - Chicago, IL - Do Division Street Festival
6/1 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry First Ave
6/4 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement
6/6 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
6/7 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
6/8 - Philadelphia, PA @ North Star
6/11 - Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
6/14 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
7/4 - Lexington, KY @ Free 4th of July Festival


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De Novo Dahl on MySpace

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