Dr Dog Play A Sort Of Secret Acoustic Show In Boulder (And It’s Caught On Tape)

Dr. Dog played the Boulder Theater last Tuesday and while they were there they performed an acoustic happy hour set at Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub. It was set up by Philly-to-Denver transplant John Hendrickson who is now the Managing Editor of the Denver Post’s music blog Reverb. With a few viral “leaks” and a sign on the door of the pub that said “Dr. Dog 4:30,” dozens of people showed up for the singalong, captured below.


Listen to Dr. Dog’s Critical 7″, two outtakes from their Critical Equation LP

Dr. Dog | photo by Ryan McMackin | courtesy of the artist

Long-running Philly rockers Dr. Dog spent most of 2018 touring in support of Critical Equation, their tenth studio album, and today they’ve released a couple outtakes from that collection as a digital 7″ single.

Both songs find bassist and co-songwriter Toby Leaman taking lead; “Can She Dance,” the A-side, juxtaposes a midtempo groove with frenzied spoken/sung lyrics. As a huge piano chord heralds the chorus, harmony vocals rise in the background, reminiscent of Leonard Cohen’s 1992 album The FutureContinue reading →


New novel Boomer1 has a Philly-centric soundtrack featuring Dr. Dog, Gillian Grassie, Lester and more

Gillian Grassie | photo courtesy of the artist

It’s unusual that a book has its own soundtrack. But Boomer1, a new novel by Daniel Torday, is a book about musicians, albeit fictional ones — it follows the story of a bluegrass musician and his punk bassist girlfriend — so it makes sense that the author would want a listenable component to accompany the story.

To make that happen, Torday, a professor of creative writing at Bryn Mawr College, asked several musicians to record reimagined covers of the traditional folk ballad “Pretty Polly,” a song that is featured heavily throughout the book. There happen to be a fair amount of artists with Philadelphia ties in the mix, including local favorites Dr. Dog, Peter Matthew Bauer of The Walkmen, Red Heart the Ticker, and DIY band Lester. One of Torday’s former creative writing students, LA-via-Philly harpist and singer Gillian Grassie, is featured in the soundtrack, and Torday himself contributed a cover. Continue reading →


Slaughter Beach, Dog celebrates 20 years of Lucinda Williams’ Car Wheels On A Gravel Road with “Drunken Angel” cover

Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist
Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

Lucinda Williams’ seminal 1998 album Car Wheels On A Gravel Road celebrated the 20th anniversary of its release on June 30, so it makes sense that many younger artists have been paying it tribute lately — including Philly’s own Slaughter Beach, Dog, who joined in on the fun with a cover of one of the record’s best tracks, “Drunken Angel.” Continue reading →


Dr. Dog officially kicks off summer at Festival Pier with (Sandy) Alex G.

Dr. Dog | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN |

There is an old proverb dating back to the year two thousand that goes something like “If Dr. Dog didn’t play a show, did summer ever really begin in Philadelphia?” And though it’s a rhetorical question, don’t doubt the power of a good doctor. Case in point – everything in my technological wheelhouse stated that we were due for a storm, probably a big one. Scott, Toby, Zach, Eric, and Frank had other plans, and the rain that was threatening to cancel their show never showed up. It’s a rare ability, and quite frankly impossible to prove, but there were nothing but believers in the house at Festival Pier on Saturday night. Continue reading →


The Week Ahead: Mondo Cozmo, &More, Dr. Dog, Paramore and more

Paramore | photo by Phoenix Johnson | via

Maybe it’s those 90+ degree temps. Maybe it’s just that a lot of the best gigs are sold out. But it’s a quieter week than we’ve seen in a while for live music here in Philly. But that still means shows almost every day, including the possibility of setting up camp at Festival Pier on Friday night and staying straight through Paramore on Sunday. Here are nine concerts to see in Philadelphia in the next seven days.  Continue reading →


Watch Dr. Dog perform acoustic in the XPN CD Library via NPR Night Owl, see them dance across the midwest in the “Heart Killer” video

Dr. Dog | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Great news for people who like to look at Dr. Dog: you can watch three new videos of the beloved Philly rockers playing (and dancing to) songs from their recent album Critical Equation.

Last month, they celebrated the album’s release with a first-time-ever Free at Midnight concert at World Cafe Live, which you can check out a recap of here. Before the show, the band ducked into the XPN library to warm up with some acoustic renditions of songs from the new album. Fortunately for all of us, NPR was there to capture the intimate performance and has now released that footage as a part of their Night Owl video series, which you can watch below.  Continue reading →