Last Night Dr. Dog @ the Croc
posted by October 16 at 14:03 PMon
Sam already laid out all the goodness of last night’s triple bill at the Croc (as well as some video), but I just need to say this about Dr. Dog: Every song is an anthem, every melody a hook, every group singalong a reason for celebration. These guys are destined for bigger and better. They’ve already opened for pretty much everyone they admire: Wilco, the Strokes, My Morning Jacket, the Black Keys, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the Raconteurs. Last night’s headlining slot proved that they themselves are headliners—frolicking onstage, spooling out tight, tiny solos, interacting between members like pros. The sound was rich, large, bordering on out-of-control but always adroitly captained. It was the most consistently upbeat and enjoyable set I’ve seen in a while, and they crowd ate it up. Too much fun—I had to stop taking notes and just dig the music.
Also worth noting was the High Strung. I missed some of their set, but the last few songs were punchy power-pop nuggets with just a hint of improv. The trio’s rhythm section was especially potent. Seems like another band deserving of bigger hype.