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Watch Dr. Dog’s World Cafe session, stream The Psychedelic Swamp via NPR

 

Dr. Dog | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com
Dr. Dog | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

Dr. Dog is featured on NPR’s First Listen this week with their forthcoming record The Psychedelic Swamp. With an official release date of February 5, you can stream the local rockers’ ninth LP a week early – and get an early look at the World Cafe session they just recorded to showcase the album.

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Just Announced: Dr. Dog will headline two nights at The Fillmore

Dr. Dog | Photo courtesy of the artist
Dr. Dog | Photo courtesy of the artist

Well dang if it isn’t just a morning of insanely exciting concert announcements. In addition to Explosions in the Sky, Pearl JamHoundmouth and Pete Yorn announcing new Philly dates this spring, we’ve got hometown boys Dr. Dog headlining two nights at The Fillmore – one on Thursday, March 17th (with Hop Along opening!) and another on Saturday, April 16th. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, January 22nd at noon. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year End-Mania: Ten videos not to miss on VuHaus

Kamasi Washington | Photo by John Vettese
Kamasi Washington | Photo by John Vettese

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2015 incredible. Today, XPN Program director Bruce Warren recaps ten favorite WXPN videos from VuHaus.

We’ve put together a playlist of some of the best performances on VuHaus, a new music video website featuring videos from public radio stations around the country. Alongside XPN, contributors include WFUV in New York, KCRW in Los Angeles, KUTX in Austin, Oregon Public Radio, Mountain Stage, World Cafe and others.

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Download “Badvertise,” a song from Dr. Dog’s Swamp is On

Dr. Dog rehearsing for SWAMP (IS ON) | Photo by John Vettese
Dr. Dog rehearsing for SWAMP (IS ON) | Photo by John Vettese

This fall, Dr. Dog teamed up with Pig Iron Theater Company to produce Swamp (IS ON), a theatrical interpretation of their early home-recorded EP Psychedelic Swamp. The sold-out four-night run of performances at Union Transfer is one of the trippiest things the Philly indie scene faves have ever done, and as they alluded to when I talked to them last month, the soundtrack to the show was recorded for posterity. Today, the band Tweeted about a free download of the song “Badvertise,” with promises of more to come. You can grab the song right here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dr. Dog at Steel Stacks, Sonnder at Siren Records, Alt-J at Festival Pier and more…

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Dr. Dog at The Electric Factory | Photo by Caitlin McCann | caitlinmccannphoto.com

Yes, the Pope is coming this weekend. Many people are leaving town for a long-weekend vacation but if you’re staying put, you may be happy to know that things will be business as usual for many Philly area venues, including the ones below.

WXPN welcomes Dr. Dog to the Steel Stacks in Bethlehem tonight. The band is coming off of a four-night run of their stage show SWAMP (IS ON), an interactive collaboration with Pig Iron Theater Company for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Tonight’s show returns Dr. Dog to their traditional role as concert musicians, though you can be sure it will still be an off-the-wall and imaginative night of music. Tickets and information can be found here. Watch the band perform “Broken Heart” below.

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The Show Goes On: Escape the Pope weekend crowds with these awesome gigs just outside of Philly

Dr. Dog | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Dr. Dog | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

Yesterday we gave those of you spending pope weekend in Philly some tips on what is going on and how exactly you should get there. But many are probably wary of what will be one of the most crowded weekends in the city’s history – and thankfully, there’s plenty of live music a short roadtrip away. Today, we bring you a roundup of concerts that are worth venturing outside of Popeville to catch. Continue reading →

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Translating pop music in Dr. Dog and Pig Iron’s SWAMP (IS ON)

Dr. Dog and Pig Iron Theatre Company rehearsing for SWAMP (IS ON) | Photo by John Vettese
Dr. Dog and Pig Iron Theatre Company rehearsing for SWAMP (IS ON) | Photo by John Vettese

Dan Rothenberg remembers being utterly baffled the first time he sat down with Dr. Dog to listen to their “lost” debut, The Psychedelic Swamp.

The album is something of a holy grail for superfans of the Philly psych-rock faves, and it’s bizarre – no question about it. Released on cassette in 2001, it features warbly sounds and trippy textures, slap-back echo and tape delay, chopped-up audio collages mostly constructed by founding bandmates Scott McMicken and Toby Leaman in their West Philly halcyon days. Swamp has subsequently made the rounds on various unofficial YouTube playlists, and most recently arrived at the doorstep of renowned Philly troupe Pig Iron Theatre Company, where Rothenberg is artistic director.

“Scott and Toby were playing it for me and saying ‘trust us, there’s amazing songs in here,’ and I really couldn’t hear them,” Rothernberg recalls, laughing. “Then they would tell me it’s not meant to be listened to. And I don’t know what to do with that!”

Ultimately they arrived at an answer: translate the songs. Which is the mission of SWAMP (IS ON), the new collaborative production from Pig Iron and Dr. Dog premiering tonight at Union Transfer as part of this year’s Philly Fringe Festival. Continue reading →