Passwords is an album for and about the modern age: the relationships that fill it, the politics that divide it, and the small victories and big losses that give it shape.

On June 22nd, Dawes will release Passwords, their sixth studio album, and it is now streaming in its entirety via NPR Music First Listen. NPR says “on Dawes' sixth album, 'Passwords,' Taylor Goldsmith goes big again, never hiding its big, beating, bleeding heart.” Listen to Passwords, a full week before its release, here.

Recently, Dawes confirmed an extensive 30-date North American tour in cities including Atlanta, Portland, Seattle, & Austin (full dates below). These dates are the first leg on their ‘An Evening With DAWES: Passwords Tour’, and the band will perform two full sets of music each night with no opener. Tickets for all dates are on sale now and can be purchased here. Every online ticket purchase for an ‘Evening With’ Dawes show comes with either a physical CD or digital copy of their upcoming album Passwords. Additionally, Dawes confirmed that they will join Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra on their first North American tour in over 30 years, and open for the band in cities including Oakland, Denver, Dallas, as well as two shows at NYC’s Madison Square Garden and two shows at LA’s The Forum. Tickets for these ELO dates are available now and can be purchased here.

On Thursday June 21, Dawes will perform an intimate concert and signing at Amoeba Music’s Hollywood location. The band has also confirmed that they will appear on CBS This Morning for a performance and interview on Saturday, June 23.

Recently, UPROXX premiered the slinky and meditative “Telescope,” and hailed it as “a sparkling, reflective groove that delves into childhood loss with a cosmic approach.” The band also debuted the lyric video for “Never Gonna Say Goodbye” via their interactive “Passwords” site, which you can read more about via Paste here. Dawes previously debuted their new music video for “Living In The Future,” the first single off their forthcoming album Passwords (HUB Records), via Boing Boing, and the lyric video for “Crack The Case,” another new song from Passwords via Consequence of Sound who call the song a “’70s-era folk rock soother.”

Passwords is an album for and about the modern age: the relationships that fill it, the politics that divide it, and the small victories and big losses that give it shape. “We’re living in such a unique moment in history,” says lead singer and songwriter Taylor Goldsmith, “Many of these songs are an attempt to come to terms with the modern world, while always trying to consider both sides of the story.”

Ultimately, Passwords is a clever and clear-eyed defense of empathy in the face of apathy (on songs like “Living In The Future”) and a timely call for patience and understanding in an age of political partisanship (on “Crack the Case”). “Songs can be passwords,” Goldsmith says, “because they’re a means of giving access to someone else’s perspective, thereby elaborating your own.” In this way, Passwords uses its words wisely, unfolding with well-reasoned articulation and pointed punch, while never compromising the band’s innate musicality and song-writing prowess. Rarely has a band created such an appropriate soundtrack for the modern age, and with Passwords, Dawes does just that.

Dawes- Passwords Tracklisting

1. Living in the Future

2. Stay Down

3. Crack the Case

4. Feed the Fire

5. My Greatest Invention

6. Telescope

7. I Can’t Love

8. Mistakes We Should Have Made

9. Never Gonna Say Goodbye

10. Time Flies Either Way

Dawes Tour Dates– Tickets at
August 2 /// Oakland, CA /// Oracle Arena*
August 4 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Forum*
August 5 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Forum*
August 8 /// Denver, CO /// Pepsi Center*
August 10 /// Houston, TX /// Toyota Center*
August 12 /// San Antonio, TX /// The Rustic
August 13 /// Dallas, TX /// American Airlines Center*
August 15 /// Chicago, IL /// Allstate Arena*
August 16 /// Detroit, MI /// Little Caesars Arena*
August 17 /// Wellston, MI /// Hoxeyville Music Festival^
August 18 /// Toronto, ON /// Air Canada Centre*
August 21 /// New York, NY /// Madison Square Garden*
August 22 /// New York, NY /// Madison Square Garden*
August 23 /// Vienna, VA /// Wolf Trap w/ Shovels & Rope
August 24 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Wells Fargo Center*
September 7 /// St. Paul, MN /// Palace Theatre
September 8 /// Maquoketa, IA /// Codfish Hollow
September 9 /// Kalamazoo, MI /// State Theatre
September 11 /// Indianapolis, IN /// The Vogue
September 12 /// Pittsburgh, PA /// Stage AE
September 14 /// Portland, ME /// State Theatre
September 15 /// Fredericton, NB, Canada /// Harvest Jazz And Blues Festival^
September 16 /// Canton, MA /// Festival on the Farm ^
September 18 /// New Haven, CT /// College Street Music Hall
September 19 /// Red Bank, NJ /// Count Basie Theatre
September 20 /// Cary, NC /// Koka Booth Amphitheatre w/ Old Crow Medicine Show
September 22 /// Franklin, TN /// Pilgrimage Festival ^
September 23 /// Atlanta, GA /// Tabernacle
September 25 /// Lincoln, NE /// Bourbon Theatre
September 26 /// Denver, CO /// Ogden Theatre
September 28 /// Reno, NV /// Cargo Concert Hall
September 29 /// Sacramento, CA /// Farm to Fork Festival ^
September 30 /// Portland, OR /// Revolution Hall
October 1 /// Seattle, WA /// Showbox
October 3 /// Eugene, OR /// HiFi Music Hall
October 4 /// Petaluma, CA /// Mystic Theatre
October 29 /// San Diego, CA /// Observatory North Park
October 30 /// Las Vegas, NV /// Brooklyn Bowl
October 31 /// Tucson, AZ /// The Rialto Theatre
November 2 /// Austin, TX /// Stubbs
November 3 /// Dallas, TX /// Bomb Factory
November 4 /// Houston, TX /// The Heights Theatre
November 6 /// Oklahoma City, OK /// Jones Assembly
November 7, 2018 /// Tulsa, OK /// Cain's Ballroom
November 9 /// Birmingham, AL /// Iron City
November 10 /// Cincinnati, OH /// Taft Theatre
November 11 /// Chattanooga, TN /// The Signal
November 13 /// Richmond, VA /// The National
November 14 /// Charlotte, NC /// The Underground

* w/ Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra
^ Festival Date