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My Morning Download: Dr. Dog and Saint Rich record each other’s songs, release a commemorative tour EP

DrDogSaintRich Dr. Dog and Saint Rich start a tour together on January 25th in New York and are on the road together through March. WXPN Welcomes Dr. Dog for two shows at the Electric Factory on January 31st and February 1st; Saint Rich is opening the second show and The Districts are opening the first show.

To commemorate the tour, Dr. Dog and Saint Rich have joined digital forces to release the Dr. Dog & Saint Rich Casual Free Fall Tour EP for free on NoiseTrade. The EP includes exclusive tracks of each band covering a song from the other. Dr. Dog covers Saint Rich’s “Dreams” and Saint Rich offers their take on Dr. Dog’s “Rock & Roll.” There is also a song from each band’s most recent album. On their cover of “Dreams,” Dr. Dog turn up the grooves on the rhythm and add some tasty Allman Brothers-like duel guitar lines into the mix.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Macy Gray at World Cafe Live, Delco Pacers at MilkBoy, Astronauts Really Fly at The Blockley, and more

Photo by Jan Prunk
Photo by Jan Prunk

Ohio bred R&B artist and actress Macy Gray brings her unique vocals and whimsical musical sense to World Cafe Live tonight for the 14th anniversary of her 1999 release On How Life Is. Gray has released six album in the years since then, most recently appearing in 2012 with a full-album cover of Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book. Find tickets for tonight’s show here. Watch her Jay Leno performance of Stevie’s “Tuesday Heartbreak.”

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Saint Rich get a little rebellious in the video for “Officer” (opening for Wild Belle at the First Unitarian Church tonight)

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Saint Rich, the new project from Delicate Steve bandmates Christian Peslak and Steve Marion, open for Wild Belle at the First Unitarian Church tonight.  The duo released its debut full-length Beyond the Drone last week on Merge.  ”Officer,” the first single off of the record, is kids-against-the-authorities track that has Peslak sarcastically asking why cops always “look so mad,” postulating that they “should be happy, and you should feel good to be king of the neighborhood.”  The video shows Peslak and Marion performing the song in a quiet suburban neighborhood (perhaps in their native New Jersey), following a stone-faced officer around in a somewhat taunting way.  The track has the unmistakable guitar playing of Marion (who was just named one of the 30 best guitarists under 30 by Red Bull), but unlike in Delicate Steve where it’s the main voice, it is incorporated with the fully structured rock band layers and vocals in this new set up.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Saint Rich will be back in town on November 14th to play Kung Fu Necktie.

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Preview tonight’s ‘Compact’ Indie Rock Hit Parade (and revisit last week’s show)

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Tune in tonight at 11 (immediately following Land of the Lost with Robert Drake) for another ‘compact’ edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade! As we do each final Friday, we’ll take a listen to some new releases by bands whose classic material falls directly into Land of the Lost territory. We’ll also hear from contemporary bands who do their own thing with style to spare.

Here are a few things you might just hear in the mix tonight:

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Download “Officer” by new Delicate Steve side project Saint Rich (playing the First Unitarian Church on 10/7)

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In a serendipitous turn of events, a torrential downpour in northern New Jersey turned a scheduled Delicate Steve full-band practice into the inaugural jam session of Saint Rich, a new collaboration from Delicate Steve guitarists Steve Marion and Christian Peslak.  Flooding prevented the rest of the instrumental outfit from reaching Marion’s house so the two bandmates carried on, writing seven songs in two days with Marion on drums and Peslak on guitar and vocals.  The resulting LP called Beyond the Drone will be Saint Rich’s debut effort, set for release via Merge Records on October 1st.  The album’s first single “Officer” previews a record with searing guitar melodies, laidback vocals and a country twang.  The track is available as a free download on Saint Rich’s Bandcamp and the band will be in town on October 7th to open for Wild Belle at the First Unitarian Church.  Tickets and information can be found here.

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