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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.

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Dr. Dog’s Lawn of Mann brings eclectic excitement to the Skyline Stage

Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

On Saturday night, Dr. Dog treated us to an all-night party at the Mann Skyline Stage sharing the spotlight with Hop Along, The Front Bottoms, and Mac Demarco.  At first glance, this line-up sounds like it might not work but as proven by the end of the night, Dr. Dog is open to many sonic adventures, so it only makes sense that in their hometown, they took a chance and exposed their fan base to some music that may go against your average tour promoter’s instincts. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Vita and the Woolf, Dr. Dog, Tori Amos

Vita and the Woolf
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

This week’s Key Studio Session featured art-pop outfit Vita and the Woolf, giving us a preview of its forthcoming EP Fang Song along with even newer songs not on the EP.  The band will celebrate the EP’s release at Ortlieb’s on September 20th.  Check out “Mary” below and get the full set here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dr. Dog at the Mann, Mo Lowda and the Humble at Bourbon and Branch, and Jad Fair and Danielson at Boot and Saddle

Photo by Nicky Devine
Photo by Nicky Devine

Long-time Philadelphia indie-rock favorites Dr. Dog are set to take the stage at the Mann tonight. With over eight albums and a handful of EPs under their belts, the six-piece has a plethora of material to chose from to curate a rockin’ set-list. Their most recent album, B-Room, has a psychedelic flair with tracks like “The Truth” and “Love.” For tickets and more information head over to the XPN Concert Calender. Below, check out the music video for “Shadow People.” Continue reading →

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How Dr. Dog recorded a Beatles song in parking lot attendant’s booth

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On a Monday morning in early June, Dr. Dog’s tour van pulled into the parking lot of Stage AE in Pittsburgh. It was technically their day off, but the band had work to do before headlining the venue the following night. They had just played the Wakarusa festival in Ozark, Arkansas, and while they were there, they took in a set by The Flaming Lips, met Wayne Coyne and got to talking. It turns out Coyne and the Lips were planning an ambitious, star-studded tribute to The Beatles‘ iconic, influential psychedelic opus, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts’ Club Band – and they wanted Dr. Dog on board, with one catch – they had to work fast. Continue reading →