A psychedelic, backward-looking outfit from Philadelphia, Dr. Dog fill their music with oddball harmonies and opaque lyrics that allow them to operate in a dreamy, in-between-genre space that has led them to comparisons from everyone to Springsteen and the Beatles to the Avett Brothers. But in their jam-packed discography there’s no cult-worship like the Boss, no British Invasion, and certainly none of the family-friendliness that the Avetts boast. Instead, 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. Their latest, 2013’s B-Room, imagines the best parts of “classic rock” mushed together and filtered through a lo-fi cheesecloth.
Sat., Jan. 25, 9 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 15, 2014