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Stereogum Premieres Dr Dog’s Video For Single, Distant Light

The renowned Philly rock group Dr. Dog debuted their new video via  Stereogum.com yesterday. The clip is for the band’s song Distant Light from their latest album B-Room and offers an appropriately psychedelic kaleidoscope of imagery for the track. The video was directed by Aaron Hymes who has previously worked with Broken Bells, Booker T. Jones, Raphael Saadiq among others.

A revered live act whose shows the New York Times Magazine described as “feeling as if you’re at the best house party ever,” Dr. Dog is currently touring North American in support of B-Room. The Village Voice recently said of the band: “the sextet dabble in DIY oddities that continually recall their forebearers — Dylan, the Dead, even Simon & Garfunkel at times — but still manage to stamp their own inky sound across the top of it all.”

The band’s latest powerfully mines and expands upon the surrounding landscape of Philadelphia soul. Captured primarily live in-studio, the rollicking groove and beloved musical interchange which has highlighted the band’s concerts resonates throughout the album.

You can catch Dr Dog live on the following dates:
31 Jan 14 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
01 Feb 14 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
03 Feb 14 – Madison Theatre – Cincinnati, OH **
05 Feb 14 – Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI **
06 Feb 14 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
07 Feb 14 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN **
08 Feb 14 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
19 Feb 14 – Civic Theatre – New Orleans, LA
20 Feb 14 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX **
21 Feb 14 – Stubb’s – Austin, TX
22 Feb 14 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX **
24 Feb 14 – Crescent – Phoenix, AZ **
25 Feb 14 – Crescent – Phoenix, AZ **
26 Feb 14 – The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA **
27 Feb 14 – Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA **
28 Feb 14 – Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA **
01 March 14 – Warfield – San Francisco, CA **
03 March 14 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR **
04 March 14 – Venue – Vancouver, BC **
05 March 14 – Neptune Theater – Seattle, WA **
07 March 14 – Complex – Salt Lake City, UT **
08 March 14 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO **
10 March 14 – Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS **
11 March 14 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE **
12 March 14 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO **
14 March 14 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC

** – With Saint Rich

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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 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 Release Oh My Christmas Tree EP

Dr. Dog released a collection of four delightfully weird and heartfelt original Christmas songs yesterday. The EP is entitled Oh My Christmas Tree and was initially intended as a gift to the band’s family and friends. Fortunately for the rest of us, the group has decided to make the songs public. And thanks to the fine folks at Slate Magazine you can listen to them here.

In keeping with the holiday spirit, 100% of artist proceeds from this digital only benefit EP will be donated to Feeding America, the nationwide network of food banks that feeds more than 37 million people including nearly 14 million children and leads the nation in the fight against hunger.

As Dr. Dog’s Scott McMicken explains: “Last year, in 2012, I wrote these songs and recorded them in two different kitchens over the course of the two weeks leading up to Christmas. I made them with the intent to mail them to some of my friends and family as a Christmas present. It wound up being a great gift to myself.

“The experience definitely showed me once again that stopping to pay closer attention to what things mean, even seemingly familiar things, always brings an added depth and beauty to life. And always in a surprising way.

“Christmas music can be so playful and fantastical but it can also be very melancholy and foreboding. To me that’s the best. The spirit can guide you to balance and the spirit can be found anywhere you choose to look. In the cartoons and in the cold blood. In the wild imagination and in the strictest tradition. These four songs will ultimately live as that reminder for me and hopefully they serve you in some way too. You, the child of wonder. You, of age and grace. Peace be with ye.”

For more information on Feeding America and how to help, go to: www.feedingamerica.org . To order the EP go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/oh-my-christmas-tree-ep/id767992747.

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Dr Dog Announce 2014 Tour Dates

Dr. Dog have just finished a series of massively successful concerts with The Lumineers. Now the band, whose live shows the New York Times Magazine recently described as “feeling as if you’re at the best house party ever”, will embark on a headline tour across North America performing songs from their soulful new album B-Room.

In addition to the new tour dates, Dr. Dog have added Merge Records artist Saint Rich to the majority of 2014 shows. Saint Rich is the musical partnership of Delicate Steve band mates Steve Marion and Christian Peslak. Moses Sumney has also been added to selected dates.

Dr. Dog’s new album B–Room delightfully mines and expands upon the surrounding landscape of Philadelphia soul. Captured primarily live in-studio, the rollicking groove and beloved musical interchange which has been delighting live audiences resonates throughout the album.

For the tour the band has begun a photo road journal which will be given away as part of a contest designed in collaboration with The Impossible Project which also includes a custom camera. Fans can enter to win the photo journal along with a custom Polaroid camera designed for the band by Seattle photographer and engineer Cory Verellen. For info and to enter, go to The Impossible Project‘s website.

Dr. Dog 2014 Tour Dates:
25 Jan – Terminal 5 – New York, NY **  #
27 Jan – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY**  #
28 Jan – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT ** #
29 Jan – Cabaret Mile-End – Montreal **  #
31 Jan – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA  #
1 Feb – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA  #
3 Feb – Madison Theatre – Cincinnati, OH **  #
5 Feb – Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI **  #
6 Feb – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN  #
7 Feb – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN **  #
8 Feb – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL  #
19 Feb – Civic Theatre – New Orleans, LA
20 Feb – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX **
21 Feb – Stubb’s – Austin, TX
22 Feb – House of Blues – Dallas, TX **
24 Feb – Crescent – Phoenix, AZ **
25 Feb – Crescent – Phoenix, AZ **
26 Feb – The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA **  #
27 Feb – Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA **  #
28 Feb – Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA **  #
1 March – Warfield – San Francisco, CA **  #
3 March – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR **
4 March – Venue – Vancouver, BC **
5 March – Neptune Theater – Seattle, WA **
7 March – Complex – Salt Lake City, UT **
8 March – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO **
10 March – Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS **
11 March – Slowdown – Omaha, NE **
12 March – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO **
14 March – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC

** – Saint Rich
# – Moses Sumne

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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.”

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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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