It's a little bit of Shoegaze, a little New Wave, a little bit of Brit pop, a little psychedelic, but it's also much more than all that. English trio Doves' early beginnings even have all the cred one could possibly need—Jez Williams (guitar, vocals), Andy Williams (drums, vocals) and Jimi Goodwin (bass, vocals, guitar) only started seriously playing together after meeting at none other than the legendary nightclub and venue the Haçienda in Manchester in 1989. Four full-length albums later—with their latest, Kingdom of Rust, just released last month—Doves have come to be known for their full symphonic sound and brooding lyrical content that somehow still boasts pop chart-worthy melodies. With Jimi's perfectly imperfect vocals, laced with an undeniable trace of languor, it's really that coarse attitude paired with wild, driving rhythms that makes Doves worthy of music getting completely enveloped in.
Fri., May 15, 8 p.m., 2009

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