Dr. Dog made their triumphant return to George’s Majestic Lounge on Monday, and were greeted by an enthusiastic, packed house who were thrilled to have the band perform for them.
“Wow, there’s quite a lot of you here,” co-frontman Scott McMicken said affectionately, as he addressed the house in the venerable venue’s large backroom, colloquially known as The Garden.
The Philadelphia-based neo-psych rockers are touring in support of their latest effort, Critical Equation, (due out April 27 via Thirty Tigers) and wasted no time debuting their new stock to the Fayetteville faithful. The group opened with “Listening In,” a slow, dreamy track from that album, and it was a great night from there on out. It was my third time seeing Dr. Dog, and the band was on fire. These seasoned musicians performed every piece of their 18-song setlist with passion and eloquence. They broke out four songs from the new release, as well as several of their hits like “Shadow People,” “Lonesome,” and the Architecture in Helsinki cover of “Heart It Races.” They closed out the main set with their 2016 single “Abandon Mansion,” from the album with the same name, and finished the evening with a two-song encore of 2 song encore with “Broken Heart,” and, as always, “Jackie Wants A Black Eye.” The only song they didn’t play that I wanted to hear was “The Beach” from 2008’s Fate.
Portland, Oregon’s Kyle Craft opened with a dazzling set. His music is pure rock-n-roll, to be simply put. It’s this great combination of electric Dylan, Tom Petty and Ryan Adams and the product is a brilliant semi alt-country, electric roots rock sound that would be right at home in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The Sub Pop Records recording artist just came out with his latest release, Full Circle Nightmare, earlier this year. The album is a fantastic journey of heartbreak, experience and discovery. I highly recommend you go check it out.
Both Craft and Dr. Dog delivered energetic, heartfelt performances, and I will go out of my way to see them time and time again. I look forward to their next visit to Fayetteville and George’s Majestic Lounge.
Dr. Dog setlist:
Listening In (Critical Equation)
Survive (Abandoned Mansion)
Shadow People (Shame, Shame)
Buzzing In The Light (Critical Equation)
Go Out Fighting (Critical Equation)
Bring My Baby Back (The Psychedelic Swamp)
My Old Ways (We All Belong)
Lonesome (Be The Void)
Peace Of Mind (Abandoned Mansion)
Ladada (Abandoned Mansion)
Heart Killer (Critical Equation)
That Old Black Hole (Be The Void)
Army Of Ancients (Fate)
The Breeze (Fate)
Heart It Races (Single)
How Long Must I Wait (Be The Void)
Abandoned Mansion (Abandoned Mansion)
Broken Heart (B-Room)
Jackie Wants A Black Eye (Shame, Shame)