Listen to Dr. Dog’s brand new single “Listening In,” see them at Festival Pier on June 23rd

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

After a quiet year and change, Philly rock five-piece Dr. Dog is back with a new single, a new album on the way and a tour that has the band headlining Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing on Saturday, June 23rd; Philly house show scene favorite (Sandy) Alex G opens the night.

The new single from the band’s forthcoming tenth album Critical Equation, out on Thirty Tigers on April 27th, marks a surprising first impression from the band; “Listening In” is dark, it’s pensive, unrelentingly so. As I wrote on NPR Music’s Songs We Love this morning, “It’s the moment of realization just before emotional trauma hits home; it’s a sadness so profound that it can’t be spun into a lighthearted song.” Continue reading →


Julie Slick’s EchoTest teases the electronic asylum of From Two Balconies with two tracks

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Julie Slick is an enigma. Her description of “bassist, composer, and foodie” simplifies her plethora of projects into an quick and catchy tagline, which is a bit unfair as her range is like few others to emerge from the Philly scene.

She does prog, she does rock, she does ambient. And her first effort in 2017 finds her in EchoTest, a genre-spanning collective that pulls from all corners of the industry to create relaxing yet complex tunes. Their newest effort From Two Balconies can only be described as one thing: progressive pop, as shown by their two preview tracks “supercell” and “the mystical connected us”. Continue reading →


Seizing the Moment: The Birth of Needlove Records

Needle Points | Courtesy of the artst
Needle Points | Courtesy of the artst

In the fall of 2014, Needle Points were approached by Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog with interest to produce their next album. It was to be the neo-psych ’n’ rollers’ second album, following up their six-song LP, Bom Tugangu, that they self-released the year prior. However, the album has yet to see the light of day.

After spending two weeks at Mt. Slippery studio with McMicken, the band spent the next year and a half shopping the end result around to multiple record labels. They received varying levels of interest, as local as Brooklyn and as far away as England. Ultimately the band decided it would be in their best interest to release it on their own. They would utilize it to get their own record label, Needlove Records, off the ground with plans to finally release the new album later this summer.

The startup record label will be run by Needle Points’ lead singer Colin Holloway and drummer Jordan Kaplan. Having already released their own Bom Tugangu debut and through their dealings with other musicians and labels through their work with McMicken, the two definitely have some do-it-yourself experience under their belts.

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In Defense of Counting Crows: Read Eric Slick’s empathetic essay on why they’re his jam

Eric Slick
Eric Slick | photo by Shervin Lainez

Eric Slick, who plays drums with Dr. Dog, and is a member of the punk band band Lithuania, gets right to the heart of the matter in an article he wrote for The Talkhouse. The title? The Counting Crows Taught Me Not to Give a Fuck About the Critics.

“Today I’ll be defending the earnest jangle of California’s Counting Crows,” writes Slick, about the band’s incredible 1993, T-Bone Burnett produced debut album, August and Everything After. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down at Underground Arts, Dr. Dog at The Fillmore, Sonnder at Johnny Brenda’s, and more…

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down
Thao and the Get Down Stay Down | photo by Maria Kanevskaya | courtesy of the artist

Happy Record Store Day everyone! Tonight, San Fran folk rockers Thao and the Get Down Stay Down take on Underground Arts with support from Saintseneca and Little Scream. Thao Nyugen and company are touring to celebrate the release of their recent album A Man Alive. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


The Doctor Will See You Now: Dr. Dog take on The Fillmore

Dr. Dog | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Dr. Dog | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

It’s not often that a band can achieve a certain cult-status in their own lifetime before fading into either cheesiness or obscurity. A road diverged in the woods for Dr. Dog, and instead of falling by the wayside or chalking the whole thing off, they became living Philadelphia legends. Coming up on a decade and a half of jamming hard, the road warriors returned from a long haul and celebrated in style on Thursday night at The Fillmore—one of the few Philly venues they’d left to conquer, by virtue of its youth. Continue reading →


The Key’s Six Philly Concerts You Can’t Miss for the month of March

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Eryn Allen Kane | photo by Anthony Trevino | courtesy of the artist

Springtime is right around the corner, and you know what that means: Not having to wear a coat to venues. With a lot of great offerings as the spring concert season ramps up – including our Red Bull Sound Select Gig with Good Old War on March 17th, and Bonnie Raitt at Verizon Hall on March 24th – Here are The Key’s six can’t-miss Philly shows for March, in chronological order. Continue reading →