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Hot August Music Festival: Short lines, long sets, stellar tunes

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Words and Images by Tim Newby

When Hot August Music Festival founder Brad Selko hopped on stage with headliners Old Crow Medicine Show during their show closing version of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” to blow some harmonica it proved the perfect way to close the day’s festivities. From its start twenty-two years ago with two acts, to its three stage, thirteen band line-up that it sports now, Hot August Music Festival has established itself as one of the premiere one-day events of the busy Festival season.

Since its beginning in the cozy confines of Selko’s backyard for a couple hundred fans, to its sold-out present day location at Oregon Ridge Park, the Hot August Music Festival has stayed true to Selko’s vision of a creating a high-quality, intimate fan-friendly festival. With only a minor tweak to its name, changing from Hot August Blues to Hot August Music this year – to reflect the growing diversity of bands that fills the line-up each year, Hot August Music Fest has for the last twenty-two years been exactly what Selko hoped it would be.

Topped by Old Crow Medicine Show and Nickel Creek, this year’s line-up was one of the most diverse ever. Over the three stages fans saw everyone from blues-master Tab Benoit, to indie-rockers Dr. Dog, to Brooklyn funksters Turkuaz, to roots-rockers DSCN6048editedCabinet, to electronica-based ELM, to singer songwriter Jordan August. It was a line-up that had something for everyone. Selko’s attention to detail and focus on fan-comfort shows all over the festival as he brings in extra-food vendors, more bathrooms, and has more beer staff all which help to eliminate lines to almost nothing, which in turn leads to happy festival goers who can spend more time watching the stellar music they came for not waiting for their beer and lunch.

The setting of Oregon Ridge also helps to create an extremely fan-friendly environment. The main stage is set at the base of a large hill and is surrounded by a picturesque array of trees which helps create a natural amphitheater and ensures that no matter where you are you have a great, unobstructed view of the stage. The two smaller stages are a short walk away, enabling one to bounce from stage to stage and catch as many acts as possible without missing much action.

Selko’s other over-riding philosophy each year is his willingness to schedule bands with the idea of quality over quantity. He prefers to give each band enough time on stage to really get warmed up and stretch their legs as opposed to the brief forty-five-minute sets that seem to be the norm at too many festivals that instance on shoehorning as many possible bands on stage. Selko gives each band more than ample time to get up and stretch their musical legs.   The main stage’s second act, alt-country rockers Houndmouth, made mention of this during their ninety-minute set when they remarked that it was the longest show they had ever played. Their raucous set saw them blasting through almost all the tunes off of their debut-album, From the Hills Below the City, before wrapping up with a spirited take on Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.”DSCN6122edited

Following Houndmouth was one of the day’s unquestionable highlights Dr. Dog. The six-piece band from Philly played an eighteen song set that pulled equally from their last four albums with the rarity “Alaska” thrown in to keep the old school fans happy. They also featured a sit-in from festival opener Bosley on “Ain’t It Strange.” Their set was a rocking, high-energy outbreak of fun that had everyone perched on the hillside at Oregon Ridge Park up and grooving.

DSCN6073editedAfter Dr. Dog attention was focused on the two side stages, as bluegrass-themed Cabinet packed the smaller stage that was tucked away in the woods for a rollicking, rambling trip through Americana highlighted by an adventurous version of “Diamond Joe.” As Cabinet wrapped up they gave way to Brooklyn funk-machine, Turkuaz, who were on the larger second stage and started their show via an introduction from the infamous Dr. Rich Barnstein. Turkuaz set was an ass-shaking explosion of funk.

One of the day’s most highly anticipated sets followed, as the reunited Nickel Creek is touring again for the first time since their farewell tour of 2007. As Nickel Creek took the stage it seemed as if everyone in attendance surged toward the main stage creating arguably the largest crowd of the day. The band’s set was a tour through their extensive archive and a strong reminder of what made them such a special band.

DSCN6206editedDespite the absence of blues in the festival’s name, Tab Benoit made sure the blues were not forgotten with a blistering set on the second stage that followed Nickel Creek. His set was a stunning affirmation of the power of New Orleans flavored blues through his mind-bending guitar work. Benoit’s set seemed to almost seamlessly segue from song to song before giving way to the day’s headliner’s Old Crow Medicine Show on the main stage.

Old Crow’s shows are rowdy affairs with band members bouncing around stage, swapping instruments, and throwing out devilishly gorgeous licks. An early guest spot by Baltimore’s unofficial mascot the Natty Boh Man who danced along with the band got things heated up right away. The band, as they always do maintained that peak of energy for their two hour set, blasting through all facets of their vast repertoire, including a boisterous “Humdinger,” a sublime “Take’em Away,” and unsurprisingly “Wagon Wheel.” They wrapped up their headlining spot with a string of covers to close the day starting with a melody of Sam Cooke and Smokey Robinson tunes, before breaking out the perfectly placed “Streets of Baltimore,” which then lead into their common take on Tom Petty’s “American Girl.” The night was brought to a close with a handful of guests as all of Houndmounth, Cabinet, and Selko hit the stage for Bob Dylan’s “Ain’t Going Nowhere,” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” The joyous celebration onstage was only matched by the joyous celebration and dancing from those in the crowd and was the perfect ending to a perfect festival.

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Saint Rich & Dr. Dog cover one another on split EP

saint richNew Jersey duo Saint Rich and Philadelphia band Dr. Dog have teamed for both an extensive US tour and a very special collaborative recording. The two have released a four song EP together via the free download site Noise Trade.

The Casual Freefall tour EP contains four tracks. Each band covered the other and there is a song from each respective band’s own record. Dr Dog recorded a version of Saint Rich’s song “Dreams” from their record Beyond the Drone. Saint Rich in turn interpreted the song “Rock & Roll” from Dr Dog’s album B-Room. In addition the EP contains Dr Dog’s “Phenomenon” from B-Room and Saint Rich’s “Crying From the Home” from Beyond the Drone.

Listen & share the Dr. Dog and Saint Rich’s Casual Freefall tour EP at Noise Trade.

 

Saint Rich on tour:

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Jan 25 New York, NY – Terminal 5^
Jan 27 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom^
Jan 28 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Ballroom^
Jan 29 Montreal, QC — Cabaret de MileEnd^
Feb 01 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory^
Feb 03 Covington, KY – Madison Theatre^
Feb 05 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall^
Feb 06 Ashland, WI — Northland College
Feb 07 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue & 7th St. Entry^
Feb 08 Chicago, IL – Riviera^
Feb 17 Raleigh, NC – King’s Barcade
Feb 19 New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre^
Feb 20 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live^
Feb 21 Austin, TX – Stubb’s^
Feb 22 Dallas, TX – House of Blues^
Feb 24 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom^
Feb 25 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom^
Feb 26 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory^
Feb 27 Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theater^
Feb 28 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst Club^
Mar 01 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theater^
Mar 03 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom^
Mar 04 Vancouver, BC – Venue^
Mar 05 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre^
Mar 06 Boise, ID — The Crux
Mar 07 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex^
Mar 08 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater^
Mar 10 Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall^
Mar 11 Omaha, NE – Slowdown^
Mar 12 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant^
Mar 13-16 Austin, TX — SXSW
Mar 18 Athens, GA — Green Room
Mar 19 Asheville, NC — The Mothlight

10 of 2012: Team Honest Tune’s Top 10 Albums of the Year

Top 10 - HeaderIt is hard to believe that 2012 is coming to a close in a matter of days, but it has been an impressive year of releases from across the musical spectrum. Members of the Drive-By Truckers stepped out on their own, Dr. John re-emerged with a little help from a Black Key, and Alabama Shakes took the airways by storm with their debut, Boys and Girls.
And this is only the tip of a mountain of monumental music.

The members of Team Honest Tune have taken some time and put together their personal top album lists. The lists are as varied as the personalities we have on staff here, from rock to bluegrass to metal. Spend a little time with our lists, check out any albums that you haven’t heard, and be prepared to enjoy some fine, fine music.

 

Tom Speed – Editor in Chief/Publisherdr-john-locked-down

  1. Dr. John: Locked Down – Full of funky gris-gris and retro soul, Dr. John proves on this collaboration with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach that even in his 70s, he is still the king of Voodoo.
  2. Jack White: Blunderbuss – The first album in White’s already extensive oeuvre to actually be credited to him as a solo artist, Blunderbuss is a wide-ranging display of his rock bombast craftsmanship and his appreciation for moving American music forward.
  3. Tame Impala: Lonerism – This lush slice of pastoral psychedelia is both a blast to the past and an entrancing excursion into modern day sunshine pop.
  4. Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons: Happy Book – There’s nary a clunker on this double-disc collection that feels like the culmination of Joseph’s decades long career as a prolific songwriter, a collection that is all the more glorious for harnessing the unique maelstrom that occurs when his songs are expressed through the Jackmormons.
  5. Alabama Shakes: Girls & Boys – One of the most buzzed about bands of the year shows why on this stunning, soulful debut.
  6. Hurray For The Riff Raff: Look Out Mama Look Out Mama is a gorgeous, timeless work of wonder. Alynda Lee Segarra and company deftly mingle Americana sounds from all over the map; dust-bowl ballads, old-timey string bands and folk blues all play prominently, all the while hearkening to times gone by.
  7. Jimbo Mathus: Blue Light – In just six songs, the Mississippi maestro cooks up a cauldron of blues, R&B, soul and country that celebrates rock-and-roll at the molecular level.
  8. Dent May: Do Things – Ditching the ukulele and instead delving into synth grooves, dance-floor shenanigans and Pet Sounds pop, May produced the summer’s most summery release.
  9. Howlin Rain: The Russian WildsHard rock ain’t dead. It’s alive and well on this expansive, scorching ’70s flashback of crunchy, lighter-waving rockers, replete with feedback, some horns and songs about werewolves.
  10. The Lumineeers : Self-Titled While Mumford & Sons, the Avett Brothers, and other stalwarts of the so-called roots revival movement may have garnered more mainstream buzz, the best record of the genre came from this Colorado-based trio and their self-titled debut, a record infused with vocals both plaintive and rousing and an infectious energy that elevate a prodigious selection of original songs to great heights.

 

Josh Mintz – Managing EditorTedeschi_Trucks_Talkin

  1. Tedeschi Trucks Band: Everybody’s Talkin’ – It’s almost unfair to put a live album as number one, but this album is so good it warrants it. It shows the Tedeschi Trucks Band where they should be – onstage, absolutely tearing through their catalog with reckless abandon. From Trucks to Tedeschi to the brothers Burbridge, the album gives all of the players a chance to shine.
  2. Avett Brothers: The Once and Future Carpenter – The Avett Brothers have matured into one of the best bands on the planet, and The Once and Future Carpenter is another large leap forward.
  3. Chris Robinson Brotherhood: Big Moon Ritual – It’s spacey in all the right places, and groovy in every way, just as psychedelic music should be.
  4. Howlin’ Rain: The Russian Wilds – Another phenomenal offering from one of the best little-known rock bands on the planet.
  5. Alabama Shakes: Boys and Girls – There’s something magically raw about this debut release. It’ll be tough to follow up.

 

Jamie Lee – CD/DVD Reviews EditorPatterson_Hood_Heat_Lightning

  1. Patterson Hood : Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance – Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood delivers on his third – and best – solo album. It is vivid, gritty, and full of feeling.
  2. Neurosis : Honor Found in Decay – To say that Neurosis are in the zone would be an understatement. This album sounds as if the instruments are playing the musicians, and they don’t let up.
  3. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit : Live from Alabama – Jason Isbell continues to cement his reputation as one of the era’s premier songwriters, and he proves on Live from Alabama that he can not only write, but he can perform.
  4. Baroness : Yellow & Green – Baroness reinvented themselves on Yellow & Green with succinct, rocking songs that lack the progressive leanings of previous releases, but make up for them with pure, concise power.
  5. Howlin’ Rain : The Russian Wilds – Howlin’ Rain can’t help but nod to ‘70s-era rock, and they do so with warmth, muscle, and a freshness that is rare.
  6. Glossary : Long Live All of Us – Glossary continue to churn out soulful songs that showcase Joey Kneiser’s songwriting and infectious harmonies he shares with wife Kelly. Long Live All of Us may have flown beneath the radar of the mainstream, but that in no way indicates the impact of this album.
  7. Isis : Temporal – Two years after calling it quits, Isis return with a  collection of rarities that hits all of the right spots. The sonic mastery of this band is to be reckoned with, even on stripped down demos found here.
  8. Stew & the Negro Problem : Making It – Brimming with polished compositions and clever wordplay, Making It is a cinematic collection by Stew and cohort Heidi Rodewald.
  9. Royal Thunder : CVI – Atlanta’s Royal Thunder followed up a solid 2010 eponymous EP with CVI, a debut that is Sabbath-thick and heaving. At the forefront are the breathtaking vocals of powerhouse Mlny Parsons.
  10. Mike Cooley : The Fool On Every Corner – On his first solo album, Mike Cooley is captured live, acoustic, and rummaging through covers and songs from his Drive-By Truckers catalog. With banter that is engaging as the music is spirited, this album clearly articulates his stellar songwriting prowess.

 

Tim Newby – Features Editor Dr. Dog  - Be The Void

  1. Dr. Dog : Be The Void – Dr. Dog have been on a hot streak of late, from Fate to Shame, Shame to their latest album, Be the Void.  This is classic Dr. Dog, full of quirky songs that wear their Beatles, the Band, and Neil Young influences on their sleeve. They are loud and proud, sounding like they were written for drunken campfire sing-alongs.  That is a good thing … a really good thing.
  2. Justin Townes Earle : Nothing’s Going to Change the Way You Feel About Me Now –When you are the son of Steve Earle and named after Townes Van Zandt, you have some big shoes to fill. On Nothing’s Going to Change the Way You Feel About Me, Earle proves just how big his feet really are as he crafts a songwriter’s masterpiece resplendent with horns, Nashville soul, and a lyrically open frankness that is at times a troubling, personal narrative of the demons he struggles with.
  3. Jack White : Blunderbuss – Jack White has been on tear, and everything he touches seems to turn to gold, from the White Stripes to the Raconteurs to The Dead Weather, and now with his first solo album.  Despite the strength and greatness of all his various projects, heading out on his own has freed White up to go where he pleases with little concern.
  4. Alabama Shakes : Boys & Girls – Refreshingly retro with their rock-and-soul sound, Alabama Shakes follow up last year’s massive hype with Boys & Girls, their full-length debut, and they do not disappoint.  All throaty-howl and swampy-grooving guitar, the Shakes make music that, while clearly reminiscent of classic-rock-long-gone, is also as equally forward looking with a hint of punk’s unbridled fury and indie-guitar’s angst.  Music like this makes it fun to get up each morning.
  5. Cloud Nothings : Attack on Memory – It’s easy to try and peg Attack on Memory as a ’90s nostalgia trip, with sludgy guitars, Pixies- Nirvana soft/loud dynamic, and Steve Albini manning the production duties. However, the nine-minute second track, “Wasted Days,” quickly blows that theory out of the water, as it more closely resembles Television’s guitar-freak-out-jam “Marquee Moon.”  That is the genius of Attack on Memory, the way it subtly hints at past greatness, but creates its own unique path.
  6. Punch Brothers : Who’s Feeling Young Now – While rooted in bluegrass, the Chris Thiele-led Punch Brothers explode across the musical universe with their hyperactive kid approach that finds them taking choices coaxing unimaginable sounds from their simple acoustic instruments.  It is space-age bluegrass.  For proof of their otherworldly creativity one only need to listen to their mind-blowing cover of Radiohead’s “Kid A.”
  7. Grizzly Bear – Shields – Shields is not an easy album to get to know. It is deep, dark, and complex, requiring multiple listens to truly absorb all its beauty.  It is not an album that lends itself to loud parties or drinking with friends, but rather one that unfolds over time, revealing itself slowly, before rewarding the patience of the listener with a gorgeous aural trip.
  8. Anders Osborne – Black Eye Galaxy Black Eye Galaxy is a well-developed song-cycle with Osborne leading the listener on a brutally honest, painful journey from his past demons into his future.  It is an open book to a man’s soul, a painful reminder of how flawed we can all be, but told with a touch of unflinching beauty and thunderous guitar.
  9. Cris Jacobs – Songs for Cats & Dogs – After a decade spent as the driving force behind The Bridge, Jacobs has stepped out on his own and released his solo debut-album, Songs for Cats & Dogs. With his storyteller’s eye, passionate guitar, and fiery, expressive voice, he has created an album of deeply, powerful music which defies easy categorization.  It is an album that has an intoxicating, irresistible, rootsy groove that seems to explode from the past with its timeless quality.
  10. Beach House – Bloom – Bloom is all ambient glory and huge, undulating sonic-landscapes awash with singer Victoria Legrand’s ethereal voice filling the sky above.  Following up 2010’s masterful Teen Dream, Bloom expands on the ideas first presented there and finds the Baltimore duo infusing their songs with a hook-based approach that allows those dreamy, textured moments to explode.

Honorable Mention – Dr. John : Locked Down, Gary Clark Jr : Blak & Blu, Jimmy Cliff : Rebirth

 

Sarah Tollie – ContributorEd Sheeran_Debut

  1. Ed Sheeran : + – With his simply titled album +, Ed Sheeran has brought about a rebirth of the bare-boned, bare-souled songwriter in his native Britain—and this year, he’s made waves stateside. The Brit Award-winner is now Grammy-nominated with his lead single “The A Team.” Other memorable offerings from + include “Lego House,” “Small Bump,” “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You,” and “Give Me Love.”
  2. Annie & the Beekeepers : My Bonneville – Boston-based Annie & the Beekeepers have been festival-circuit darlings for several years, and that’s due in large part to two key things: 1) Annie Lynch’s stuck-to-your-bones vocals and 2) her group’s excellent knack for creating excellent albums. This year’s My Bonneville, with such gems as “An Island” and “Always My Heart is True,” is no exception.
  3. Mumford and Sons : Babel – With Babel, Marcus Mumford and company have crafted a second full-length set filled to the brim with sonic gems. It comes as no surprise, then, to hear of the band’s recent honors: From radio-ready and critic-friendly lead single “I Will Wait” to Grammy nominations to their highly successful Gentlemen of the Road tour, Mumford and Sons are riding high—and rightly so—on the strength of this set.
  4. Silbermond : Himmel Auf – Silbermond’s name might conjure up classical music thoughts, and its latest album title, confusion for non-German speakers, but this Teutonic band speaks volumes and breaks barriers with its music. With Himmel Auf (or roughly, “Sky open” in English), Silbermond connects with listeners on a deeper level: The disc  plays boldly, beautifully with ever-ethereal vocals from Stefanie Kloss and driving beats from members Andreas Nowak, Johannes Stolle, and Thomas Stolle.
  5. JD McPherson : Signs and Signifiers – JD McPherson serves up semiotics, soul, rock, and blues on his much-abuzz major label debut. Signs and Signifiers sets fire with tracks such as “North Side Gal” and the aptly-titled “Fire Bug.” Rolling Stone has caught McPherson’s flame, too, naming him an “Artist to Watch” in its November 19 issue.
  6. Ellie Goulding : Halcyon – Following the still-building buzz of her debut single “Lights,” British electro-pop songstress Ellie Goulding returned triumphantly this year with her sophomore effort, Halcyon. From the pulsing lead single “Anything Could Happen” to the emotive track “Only You,” Goulding’s whisper of a voice shouts and softens at all of the right moments.
  7. Hanson :  No Sleep for Banditos The Tulsa trio’s mini studio effort No Sleep for Banditos was released earlier this year as part of an exclusive fan club package. But, on the strength of this five-track set, one thing is clear: Hanson warrants a wider audience. The standout song is the EP’s fourth track, the rousing and rocking “Heartbreaker.”
  8. Shovels and Rope : O’ Be Joyful It’s possible that Shovels and Rope might have never happened: Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent had carved their own sonic paths with their own full-length efforts, Lions and Lambs and The Winner, respectively. Luckily, Hearst and Trent released their second effort, O’ Be Joyful, earlier this year. Key tracks on this funk and folk, country and rock set include “Birmingham” and “Tickin’ Bomb.”
  9. Gossip : A Joyful Noise – After a brief foray into the solo world, powerhouse front woman Beth Ditto fully returned to her band this year with Gossip’s fifth full-length set, A Joyful Noise. Following the delightful bop and pop, disco and dance of Music for Men, this album finds the worldly (by way of Arkansas) band breaking new sonic—and certainly, stuck-to-your-bones—ground. Catchy, dance-y keepers include the Madonna-esque lead single “A Perfect World” and “Love in a Foreign Place.”
  10. Alex Band : After the Storm – Former frontman of rock band The Calling, Alex Band is back with another brief, but haunting, set. After the Storm finds Band traversing the darker depths of childhood, love, and relationships. Set atop sweeping, mid-tempo beats, “Take Me Back,” “Right Now,” and “King of Anything” show Band at his best.

 

Brett Bickley – ContributorJerry_Joseph_Happy_Book

  1. Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons : Happy Book – Yes, artists still release double albums. And this? It is the best rock album of 2012.
  2. Trixie Whitley : Fourth Corner – Forget Adele. Trixie is the most brilliant female artist performing and recording today.
  3. Mike Dillon : Urn – I don’t even know where to begin. But trust me, this guy is the real deal.
  4. Lettuce : Fly Fly is just one of the many reasons why Eric Krasno is one of the most amazing musicians recording today. Plus, you can dance all night to it.
  5. Medeski, Martin & Wood : Free Magic – This ain’t your father’s jazz. Intriguingly intricate, interesting, and damn fine.
  6. Wil Blades & Billy Martin : Shimmy How can two Caucasians sound this funky? Apparently, quite easily.
  7. Will Johnson : Scorpion – If My Morning Jacket love this guy, you can’t go wrong. You can feel the sand and tumbleweeds as you listen to this slice of desert Americana.
  8. Gaslight Anthem : Handwritten – Next to Bruce, the band that makes me proud to live in New Jersey.
  9. Chris Robinson Brotherhood : Big Moon Ritual/The Magic Door Forget Phish. This is the band that will replace The Grateful Dead.
  10. Swans : The Seer – The genius of Michael Gira returns to us in walls of emotion and noise. It is guaranteed to peel your soul open and lay it bare.

Dr. Dog blooms in Boulder

Written By/ Photos By Brad Hodge

Dr. Dog
Boulder Theater
Boulder, CO
October 9, 2012

 

 

From the opening notes of “ How Long Must I Wait” the city of brotherly love’s Dr. Dog, the five piece collective that hails from the City of Brotherly Love (by way of West Grove, pop. 2600)  aimed to mesmerize the thousand-strong capacity crowd that filled downtown Boulder, CO’s Boulder Theater. A band of experimental, inventive and progressively talented musicians, Dr. Dog has been a band of enormously popularity  in town filled with Buffaloes, their darling status only catapulted by a 2011 Pearl Street Music Festival performance that was hailed by many as a highlight of the annual event.

In somewhat shocking fashion, the band opted out of offering material from their highly publicized forthcoming EP, Wild Race, in spite of the fact that many have become familiar with the material, courtesy of a pre-release stream. (see below) Rather, they stuck to tried and true selections primarily culled from 2010’s  Shame, Shame and most recent full length release, 2012’s Be the Void, the album from which the current tour derives its name.

Straying ever so briefly from the aforementioned two-album formulary, the quintet got things underway with “The Ark” (Fate), a brilliant tune that was delivered on the on the heels of the swirling pleasantries that “The Old Black Hole” set free. As a result of the dynamic song duo, the Boulder throng had become fully committed, primed and ready for every bit of the rock ‘n roll that the night would bring.

From a live perspective, Dr. Dog’s onstage efforts are fanciful, exhibited on this night through pristine execution that perfectly captured the careless and laid back attitude that the band’s material inherently possesses. This, paired alongside a healthy dose of talented play and song,  resulted in something completely grand. Take “Do the Trick” for example.  As the tune lumbered along with a groovy bass line and the perfect amount of cowbell, the fruition came when the frolicking keys joined in perfect supplementation. The consequence was abounding harmony; each tone added its hue to the background for how Dr. Dog sells many songs in the live setting and serves as chiefly responsible for creating their superbly catchy and absolutely distinctive sonic essence… vocals.

The night was filled with great original material.  By continuing to make unique new music, and hone their sound from its original low-fi grunginess to the much more symphonic sound of more recent efforts, Dr. Dog was able to fill the Boulder night with fantastic original material.  This said, one of the evening’s most embraceable moments was the choice cover of Architecture in Helsinki’s “Heart it Races,” taking it from its original form as a nonsensical mess to a song that is not only actually listenable, but enjoyable across musical penchants*, showing this band’s ability to be completely at home at multiple stops on the dial — from Jam_On to XMU.

All in all, it can safely be said that Dr. Dog is definitely not a band to sleep on in any format. Their releases are compelling and as evidenced by the night in Boulder, their live show is equally, if not more, moving.  It would be no surprise to soon see the Dr. Dog name gracing marquees of larger venues. Complete with possession of a truly inventive sound that translates so well into theaters and clubs, there is little to substantiate a claim that the music wouldn’t survive the move.  That said, this is an ensemble very worthy of catching sooner rather than later. On top of that, it is always nice to be able to say “I saw them when.”

 

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Setlist

 

How Long Must I Wait,Stranger, That Old Black Hole, The Ark,  The Way the Lazy Do,  Vampire,  Shadow People, Hang On,  Do The Trick,  The Beach,  Heavy Light, Worst Trip, From, Lonesome,  The Rabbit, The Bat, and The Reindeer,  Heart It Races*, Jackie Wants a Black Eye

Encore: These Days,  I Only Wear Blue,  Die, Die, Die,  My Friend

 

♪ *You be the judge: download the original Architecture in Helsinki rendition for FREE and/or check out Dr. Dog’s take on the song.♫

♫ Stream tracks from the new EP,Wild Race, below the photo gallery.♪


 

Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Brad Hodge

 

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Dr. Dog to release ‘Be The Void’ in February

 

Beloved Philadelphia band Dr. Dog are poised to release a staggering burst of vital rock ‘n’ roll with their new record Be The Void. The album hits stores this February 7th via Anti-Records and is the raucous follow up to the group’s critically lauded Shame, Shame.

While the band’s previous records boasted meticulously crafted symphonic pop, this time around the band turns up the guitars and delivers a truly great cathartic rock ‘n’ roll album played with near reckless abandon and passion.

With the addition of new drummer Eric Slick and electronics-percussionist-guitarist Dmitri Manos, the band entered the studio (Meth Beach) with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and confidence, tracking the songs live to perfectly capture the rough and tumble energy of their renowned live show.

“We would just get in the pocket and go with it because it sounded great,” bassist-vocalist Toby Leaman explains. “There wasn’t this endless deliberating. We just went with our gut feelings on things.”

“It was reminiscent of when we were starting out and were these fearless weirdos in a basement, so confident and reckless and bold,” guitarist-vocalist Scott McMicken adds. “It was really liberating.”

The songs on Be The Void flawlessly combine Dr. Dog’s adventuresome and expansive arrangements with a far leaner and meaner primal sound. The beats are harder, the guitars louder and edged with a warm distortion. “Guitars stopped being problematic and started becoming very exciting to us,” McMicken explains.

From the rollicking re-imagined blues of the disc’s title track to the searing guitars of “Vampire,” the frenetic punk urgency of “Over Here Over There” and the beautifully fuzzed out rock of “Warrior Man,” Dr. Dog’s Be The Void is a truly great rock ‘n’ roll record and the unmistakable sound of a band whose moment has arrived.

 

Be The Void Track Listing:
Lonesome
That Old Black Hole
These Days
How Long Must I Wait
Get Away
Do The Trick
Vampire
Heavy Light
Big Girl
Over Here, Over There
Warrior Man
Turning The Century