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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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Dr Dog Announce New Album B-Room

Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog will release their new album entitled B-Room on October 1 on Anti-. Showcasing some of their most mature, streamlined and soulful writing to date, the record 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.

Dr Dog

Dr Dog

B-Room, in its purest form, is a soul album. It may be obvious as the first track opens with the Gamble and Huff inspired, The Truth. But as the album progresses the music continues to take on a soulfulness that is vibrant in its simplicity. As McMicken put it: “The hallmark of soul music for me is that the arrangements are simple rather than virtuosic and that the sound creates a feeling that is intuitive rather than intellectual.”

The Truth is an outstanding track that will calm you down instantly and allow you to let all that tension go. The vocals are a little Neil Young inspired while the music is repetitive yet completely soothing. It has a wonderful feel to it with the rhythmic electric guitar and steel drums really helping to create that summer, lazy day feel alongside that slow drum beat.

After ending the lease at home studio, Meth Beach, where they had been head-quartered for the past eight years, the musicians took on the commitment of constructing an entirely new recording space within a now defunct silversmith mill. As the band’s bassist-vocalist Toby Leaman said: “The whole process of recording really started with building the studio.”

As the band now understands, making a record is a lot like doing construction; both require a similar amount of frustration, intensity and cohesion. By building the space first and releasing all of that emotion, the band was then free to engage in their creative process without the expectation or preconception that they admittedly had brought into other sessions. Recorded primarily in live takes, the songs seamlessly fuse the spontaneity of the band’s live performances with the intricacy of their kaleidoscopic composition. Both Leaman and guitarist Scott McMicken credit this sonic evolution with relying less on the pre-produced demos and more with a reliance on the musicians surrounding them.

To pre-order B-Room go to http://kingsroadmerch.com/dr-dog/. B-Room is out on October 1 2013.

Dr Dog are going on tour with The Lumineers this autumn. All the tour dates are below:

Sept 15 2013   Red Rocks    Morrison, CO

Sept 17 2013   Great Salt Ampitheater        Magna            UT

Sept 20 2013  King County’s Marymoor Park       Redmond      WA

Sept 21 2013   King County’s Marymoor Park       Redmond      WA

Sept 22 2013   Rose Qrter Memorial Coliseum            Portland         OR

Sept 25 2013   America’s Cup Pavilion      San Francisco          CA

Sept 26 2013   Santa Barbara Bowl            Santa Barbara          CA

Sept 27 2013   Greek Theatre           Los Angeles  CA

Sept 28 2013   Greek Theatre           Los Angeles  CA

Oct  1 2013       Comerica Theatre    Phoenix         AZ

Oct 3 2013       Downtown Airpark   Oklahoma City          OK

Oct 4 2013      Chaifetz Arena         St. Louis        MO

Oct 8 2013      Mud Island Amphitheatre   Memphis        TN

Oct 9 2013     Tuscaloosa Amphitheater  Tuscaloosa   AL

Oct 11 2013   The Masquerade      Atlanta           GA

Oct 12 2013   Ryman Auditorium  Nashville       TN

Oct 13 2013   Ryman Auditorium  Nashville       TN

Oct 14 2013   Ryman Auditorium  Nashville       TN

Oct 16 2013   UNO Lakefront Arena New Orleans LA

Oct 18 2013   St. Augustine Amp          St. Augustine            FL

Oct 19 2013   USF Sun Dome       Tampa            FL

Oct 20 2013  Sunset Cove Amphitheater           Boca Raton   FL

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