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Dr Dog and Saint Rich To Release Split EP and Embark On US Tour Together

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

The EP contains four tracks. Each band covered each 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.

Dr. Dog’s Zach Miller explains the band’s unique process on their cover: “Every track was recorded in a different state. We didn’t have a lot of time to get together on this one so we recorded our own tracks at home and sent them to Scott in Connecticut.

“Musically and creatively it was a challenging song to record because the melody and the chords felt fused together — like there is a new chord on every note of the melody – and it was tough to break away from that, especially being so isolated. But in the end it felt much more loose and laid back. Scott really worked some magic on the mix too.”

Saint Rich’s Steve Marion explains their song selection and recording process: “It was the song we van-jammed the hardest on our last tour with Wild Belle. The vote was in Rock and Roll. The lyrics of the song serve as an instruction manual for how to record the song. We started with “a Tascam, some Maxwells, a Shure 57 and a stereo delay” and ran wild with it.”

You can sample and download the Dr. Dog and Saint Rich’s Casual Freefall Tour EP at Noise Trade.

Dr. Dog are currently touring in support of their acclaimed new album B-Room. You can catch Dr Dog live alongside Saint Rich on the following dates:
Jan 25 Terminal 5 New York, NY
Jan 27 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
Jan 28 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
Jan 29 Cabaret Mile-end Montreal, Canada
Jan 31 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
Feb 01 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
Feb 03 Madison Theater Cincinnati, OH
Feb 05 Turner Hall Milwaukee, WI
Feb 06 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
Feb 07 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
Feb 08 Riviera Chicago, IL
Feb 19 The Civic Theatre New Orleans, LA
Feb 20 Warehouse Live Houston, TX
Feb 21 Stubb’s Austin, TX
Feb 22 House Of Blues Dallas, TX
Feb 24 Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
Feb 25 Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
Feb 26 The Observatory Santa Ana, CA
Feb 27 Wiltern Los Angeles, CA
Feb 28 CATALYST Santa Cruz, CA
Mar 01 Warfield San Francisco, CA
Mar 03 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
Mar 04 Venue Vancouver, Canada
Mar 05 NEPTUNE THEATER Seattle, WA
Mar 07 The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 08 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO
Mar 10 Liberty Hall Lawrence, KS
Mar 11 Slowdown Omaha, NE
Mar 12 The Pageant St Louis, MO
Mar 14 9:30 Club Washington, DC

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Dr. Dog – B-Room Album Review

On October 1 Dr. Dog released their highly anticipated new album B-Room which RollingStone.com is currently streaming offering listeners a chance to hear the record in its entirety. In addition the site is featuring an interview with the band who have just announced a new series of 2014 live dates.

In recent years the Philadelphia band has emerged as one of the pre-eminent rock bands around, attracting a rapidly growing fan base with their imaginative song writing and a now legendary live show which the New York Times Magazine blog 6th Floor recently described as “the best house party ever.”

Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog

The previous months have been a time of enthusiastic construction for Dr. Dog. First they built a new recording studio in an old mill and then set about assembling a supremely soulful new album in B–Room which delightfully mines and expands upon the surrounding landscape of Philadelphia soul. The tracks on B-Room were captured primarily live in-studio. As a result the rollicking groove and beloved musical interchange which has been delighting live audiences resonates throughout the disc.

B-Room is a wonderful album that offers you everything. There’s soul, rock, pop and ballads among many more genres. Not one song sounds the same and at times, the songs don’t even sound like the same band is performing them. Dr. Dog manage to sound completely different in every song on B-Room making it an album that you will never get bored of listening to.

Track one The Truth starts with a pumping drum beat which is gradually accompanied by a string melody and keyboard. The song is calming with its slow stuttered guitar riffs and soft vocals. However, previous release Broken Heart spices the record up instantly. It’s a track that has a danceable beat. The chorus, “She really loved him/But I couldn’t see it though/He really loved her/But I don’t believe it oh no” is catchy with the music’s fast tempo and quickly sung lyrics adding to the lively nature of this track.

Minding The Usher brings in slightly Jimi Hendrix inspired soulful guitar riffs against a backdrop of deep bass and soft drums. The vocals sound entirely different from the previous tracks making it hard to recognise this track as part of the same album but this is what makes it so fantastic to listen to.

Phenomenon introduces some country into B-Room. The banjo plays at the beginning with the drums and fiddles slowly kicking in. This song has a great rhythm and melody that will leave it floating around in your head long after you listen to it. After Phenomenon’s upbeat colourful explosion on B-Room comes Too Weak To Ramble, the first ballad on Dr. Dog’s newest album. The vocals intensify all the emotions that the lyrics help to portray. The verse, “Too weak to try/Too drunk to stay up/Too grown to lie/I always told myself I would make it harder here alive/But I’m too weak to ramble” shows true emotion being expressed through the strained, almost tearful vocals.

Cuckoo, on the other hand, sounds like its sauntered straight out of the 70s – this sort of authentic, old rock sound isn’t always pulled off very successfully but Dr. Dog are an exception. Cuckoo has soulful rock vocals that resemble Jimi Hendrix and guitar riffs, drum rhythms and harmonies that place this song snugly in the 70s where it belongs. The harmonies resemble those of Neil Young in Cowgirl In The Sand and Southern Man.

The AV Club has recently premiered a new lyric video for the song Love from B-Room. The new video combines footage from vintage toy commercials with the song’s bittersweet lyrics. Love is a beautiful modern love song with the chorus’ lyrics, “Love can it/Last all my life/As it passes…” highlighting this.

Dr. Dog have produced a more than perfect album in B-Room. There isn’t a song that doesn’t live up to your expectations of this band. B-Room is a superb record and by far one of the best released in 2013. It’s a true triumph from musical genii.

You can catch Dr. Dog live on the following dates with Lumineers:
October 4 Chaifetz Arena St. Louis MO
October 8 Mud Island Amphitheatre Memphis TN
October 9 Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Tuscaloosa AL
October 12 Ryman Auditorium Nashville TN
October 13 Ryman Auditorium Nashville TN
October 14 Ryman Auditorium Nashville TN
October 16 UNO Lakefront Arena New Orleans LA
October 18 St. Augustine Amp St. Augustine FL
October 19 USF Sun Dome Tampa FL
October 20 Sunset Cove Amphitheater Boca Raton FL

Dr. Dog’s headline dates for 2013:
October 11 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
November 01 Pittsburgh PA ,Stage AE
November 02 Louisville KY, Headliners Music Hall
November 03 Asheville NC, The Orange Peel
November 05 Richmond VA, The National
November 06 Charlotttville, SC Jefferson Theater
November 07 Columbus OH, Newport Music Hall
November 08 Toronto, On Phoenix Concert Theater
November 09 Detroit MI, Majestic Theater
November 11 Cleveland OH, House Of Blues
November 14 Boston, MA, House of Blues
November 16 Baltimore MA Rans Head Live

Dr. Dog headline dates for 2014:
Jan-25 New York, NY Terminal 5
Jan-27 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
Jan-28 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
Jan-31 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Feb-01 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Feb-03 Cincinatti, OH Madison Theatre
Feb-05 Milwaukee, Wi Turner Hall
Feb-06 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Feb-07 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Feb-20 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
Feb-21 Austin, TX Stubb’s
Feb-22 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Feb-24 Phoenix, AZ Crescent
Feb-25 Phoenix, AZ Crescent
Feb-26 Santa Ana, CA Observatory
Feb-28 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst
Mar-01 San Francisco, CA Warfield
Mar-03 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
Mar-04 Vancouver, BC Venue
Mar-05 Seattle, WA Neptune Theater
Mar-07 Salt Lake City, UT Complex
Mar-08 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
Mar-10 Lawrence, KS Liberty Hall
Mar-11 Omaha, NE Slowdown
Mar-14 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

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Stereogum.com Premiere Brand New Track, Broken Heart, from Dr Dog

Stereogum.com has premiered a brand new track from Philadelphia band Dr. Dog. The band’s new song, Broken Heart, is an energetic supremely catchy burst of re-imagined soul. It is taken from the group’s upcoming new album B-Room which hits stores October 1.

Dr Dog

Dr Dog

B-Room is the culmination of a complete overhaul of the band’s writing and recording process which finds them in a new self-built studio, writing songs live in rehearsal and using the rock solid groove of the band, honed through workmanlike touring, as a powerful compositional tool. In its purest form, B-Room is a soul album. In an early review of previous single, The Truth, CMJ said this reconfigured sound: “Breezily pays homage to the kings and queens of Philly soul while allowing the boys to keep carving out a path of their own.”

Fans can pre-order B-Room via http://www.drdogmusic.com

Dr. Dog, renowned for their raucous and transcendent live shows, will be touring North American in support of the new album. The itinerary includes an anticipated September 15 sold out performance at the Red Rock Amphitheater with The Lumineers.

Dr. Dog On Tour With The Lumineers:
September 15 Red Rocks Morrison, CO
September 17 Great Salt Ampitheater Magna UT
September 20 King County’s Marymoor Park Redmond WA
September 21 King County’s Marymoor Park Redmond WA
September 22 Rose Qrter Memorial Coliseum Portland OR
September 25 America’s Cup Pavilion San Francisco CA
September 26 Santa Barbara Bowl Santa Barbara CA
September 27 Greek Theatre Los Angeles CA
September 28 Greek Theatre Los Angeles CA
October 1 Comerica Theatre Phoenix AZ
October 3 Downtown Airpark Oklahoma City OK
October 4 Chaifetz Arena St. Louis MO
October 8 Mud Island Amphitheatre Memphis TN
October 9 Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Tuscaloosa AL
October 12 Ryman Auditorium Nashville TN
October 13 Ryman Auditorium Nashville TN
October 14 Ryman Auditorium Nashville TN
October 16 UNO Lakefront Arena New Orleans LA
October 18 St. Augustine Amp St. Augustine FL
October 19 USF Sun Dome Tampa FL
October 20 Sunset Cove Amphitheater Boca Raton FL

Dr. Dog Headline Dates:
October 11 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
November 01 Pittsburgh PA ,Stage AE
November 02 Louisville KY, Headliners Music Hall
November 03 Asheville NC, The Orange Peel
November 05 Richmond VA, The National
November 06 Charlotttville, SC Jefferson Theater
November 07 Columbus OH, Newport Music Hall
November 08 Toronto, On Phoenix Concert Theater
November 09 Detroit MI, Majestic Theater
November 11 Cleveland OH, House Of Blues
November 14 Boston, MA, House of Blues
November 16 Baltimore MA Rans Head Live

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