Artist: Dr. Dog
Hails From: Philadelphia, PA
Musical Style: Psychedelic, Rock, Pop
For Fans of: The Beatles, The Band, Blitzen Trapper
Why you should check them out:
Whether it’s through the lo-fi arrangements of their previous five albums, or the anthemic presence of their live rock shows, Dr. Dog is out to bring 60′s era pop rock to a whole new generation of music fans
Dr. Dog is a band defined by their influences, and from the sound of their most recent album Fate, they certainly aren’t trying to hide it. Multi-part harmonies, psychedelic solos, and chunky guitar riffs, are all part of the quintet’s contemporary homage to rock and pop of the 60′s and 70′s. And don’t get me wrong, Dr. Dog’s albums certainly aren’t without some current day additions, with songs like “The Old Days” ironically filled with far more indie rock than nostalgia.
Surviving for years under the radar, Dr. Dog finally got their break in 2004 when My Morning Jacket personally selected them to accompany their band on tour. With the added critical success of their third album, Easy Beat (2005), Dr. Dog quickly gained increased national attention and consequent shows opening for the Strokes and Architecture in Helsinki to name a few.
Although the release of their fifth album, Fate (2008) finds Dr. Dog once again gaining high critical praise, the majority of their hype results from seeing the quintet live. Heavy guitar solos and walls of multi-part harmonies are always going to be best experienced live, and with back to back tour dates far into November, you’ll have plenty of time to catch the psychedelic rock adventure that Dr. Dog is sure to bring.
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