Indie rock giants, Dr. Dog, return to George’s Majestic Lounge, Monday, April 9 in support of their upcoming album Critical Equation.
Dr. Dog has been bringing beautiful, heart-warming, melodic music to the ears of all that are willing to listen for almost 20 years, and have never disappointed. The thing I love most about Dr. Dog is that they’ve never tired to be anyone but themselves, and it works! The only cover the band has ever done was “Heart It Races,”originally by Architecture In Helsinki.
The group has two frontmen. Scott McMicken and Toby Leaman. McMicken’s songs are light, melodic, masterpieces; whereas, Leaman’s tend to be more heavy, bluesy, groovy rock songs. A wonderful contrast. They write albums. What I mean by that is, Dr. Dog’s albums feel like every song is right where it’s supposed to be. Carefully chosen placements that give the record a flow that is distinct to that record. They’re not just a bunch of songs compiled into one release.
Their live performances are nothing to be scoffed at, either. Dr. Dog shows, much like their albums, are an experience. Every member is heavily engaged in the performance, and contributing to gorgeous five-part harmonies. You’re entranced in the raw grit of “The Beach,” captured in the hopeless hopefulness of “Shadow People,” and screaming your heart out to “Lonesome.”
If you’re new to Dr. Dog, this humble writer suggests you start with their 2008 magnum opus Fate. The whole thing tells a sort of … story. What story that may be? That’s for you to decide.
Special guest Kyle Craft will be the supporting act. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music begins at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25-27 and are available at stubs.net.