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Philly favorites Dr. Dog to perform at Yuengling Summer Concert Series at SteelStacks

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

For almost 15 years, Dr. Dog has reigned supreme as one of the greatest Indie rock acts to come out of Pennsylvania. With tracks like “Shadow People” off of their 2009 album Shame, Shame becoming an XPN staple and a total of nine albums – including one live album – the band’s run has been nothing short of brilliant.

This summer we will see Dr. Dog take on the Yuengling Summer Stage series at Bethlehem’s SteelStacks on September 25. Continue reading →

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Recap: Dr. Dog closes out day one of NonCOMM with a bang

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

It’s pretty fitting that Dr. Dog‘s current offering is a live album. For their set closing off day one of NonCOMM 2015, the Philly natives exhibited the tight, lively playing and charisma that’s earned them the rep as one of the best live bands in America right now. The performance featured the simmering slow burner “The Truth” from 2013′s B-Room, the rollicking “These Days” from 2012′s Be The Void, and their signature cover of Architecture in Helsinki’s “Heart It Races,” just to name a few. Singer-guitarist Scott McMicken joked towards the end of the main set that it was heavy on the songs he’s been writing lately about existential crises, but that’s fine, since they sounded great and were a ton of fun.Listen to their set in its entirety and check out a gallery of photos from the performance below! Continue reading →

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Eric Slick creates Selects Mix for Singles Club, chats about Ludwig Drums

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Eric Slick | photo by Shervin Lainez

We already know that Eric Slick (drummer for Dr. Dog / half of the Lithuania duo) is a creator of great music. The release of his latest Selects Mix via the music journal Singles Club proves that he’s a curator of great music as well.

Singles Club describes Slick’s compilation of eight tracks as “a breezy half-hour set to get you through those mid-week blues.” Slick’s nod to Philly is “Gooseneck” from Hermit Thrushes, a band that he once dubbed his “favorite band in Philadelphia” for KCRW. It’s a relatively calm mix, overall, and we thank Slick for mellowing us out for a bit. Continue reading →

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Ten summery songs to kick the winter blues

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Cayetana | photo via Facebook

There’s nothing worse than the discerning sense that winter is a timeless black hole and that you will never feel the sun’s warmth again in your life. The best way to pretend that the winter isn’t sucking the life out of you is to channel any summer vibes that you can get your hands on. One way to do that is to listen to some songs that remind you of sunny days and overall happiness. These ten songs are here to remind you that some day (not soon enough) it will be summer again.

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Lithuania takes on punk rock with “Pieces”

Lithuania | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Lithuania | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Lithuania has been relatively quiet over the past ten years of their existence, but rightfully so. The members of the Philly band have been busy with other projects like Dr. Dog (Eric Slick) and DRGN King (Dominic Angelella). The band is now a four-piece, and recently released a lo-fi 7″ called Domesticated God, which they followed up with a new single, the very grungey ”Pieces.” Continue reading →

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Dr. Dog releases crowd-pleasing video of “The Rabbit, The Bat & The Reindeer”

Photo by Nicky Devine
Photo by Nicky Devine

A Dr. Dog concert is filled with non-stop energy from both the crowd and the Philly indie-rock heroes. In an effort to catch some of that charm, the Philly-based group just released a live album, Live at a Flamingo Hotel, which is of surreal sound quality. The  19-track album was recorded during a 20-day tour in 2014 and features songs from six of their studio albums.

Today, the band released a video for the song “The Rabbit, The Bat & The Reindeer,” a live favorite from their 2008 release, Fate. Continue reading →

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Watch a new live video for Dr. Dog’s “Heart It Races”

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

Okay, okay, technically “Heart It Races” is not Dr. Dog‘s song. It’s a cover of a single from the aughties Australian indie pop band Architecture in Helsinki. When AiH released a 2007 remix single for the song, they included a couple covers of the song – including one by our Philly boys, who at that point were best known for their We All Belong album and touring with My Morning Jacket. Continue reading →

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Dr. Dog will release its first-ever live album next month

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

If you’ve ever seen Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog in concert, you know that these gentlemen put on a remarkable live show. From brave re-interpretations of the jazzy-psych tunes of their early years, to reliably emphatic performances of their current hits and deep tracks, to that Architecture in Helsinki cover that has somehow in time surpassed the original in recognizability and popularity, their concerts are not ones to be missed. At last count, I’ve seen them 15 times over the years and I don’t plan to slow down.

So it stands to reason that, sooner or later, the band would want to release a document of their live show, and that happens next month with Live From a Flamingo Hotel, out January 13th on Anti- Records. Continue reading →

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So apparently The Phillie Phanatic is playing guitar on Dr. Dog’s next album

We’ve known for a little while that The Phillie Phanatic is a Dr. Dog fan. When the band headlined a sold-out show at The Electric Factory back in February, the furry green Galapagos Islander and resident baseball hype man appeared on stage with the boys, dancing along to an encore of “Oh No.” Last night, via the above Tweet, we saw the Phanatic in Dr. Dog’s Clifton Heights studio, strat in hand, jamming out. While I’m not quite sure how the heck he’s successfully fretting any notes with those giant hands, it would be pretty awesome to think that he might be a guest musician credit on the next Dr. Dog LP.

That wasn’t the primary reason for the Phanatic’s visit, though. Continue reading →