Dr. Dog Fills the Void at Belly Up

Philadelphia-based psychedelic-rock band Dr. Dog took the stage at Belly Up in support of its sixth studio album, Be the Void. The band hit with the sold-out crowd by kicking off the show with "Lonesome," the first track off the new record. The reaction to the new material was as enthusiastic as the reaction to their road-tested songs. This is in part due to the familiar nature of Dr. Dog — they wear their influences on their sleeves. Their lush and ragged harmonies, similar to that of later Beatles, sound as if they've been filtered through the tones and approaches of modern indie rock. Their garage jangle and candy hooks remind one of the potential of pop music to be both smart and infectious.

Dr. Dog was tight and loose in the right areas. Their songs onstage sounded as polished as the studio versions, but they left room for succinct and explosive improvisation. When they launched into "The Beach" off of 2008's Fate, they revealed their firm command of dynamic; the song was as quiet as bassist Toby Leaman’s lone, raspy voice and as furious as a driven young rock band with something to prove.

With a solid set, including a four-song encore, Dr. Dog placed an exclamation point on pop's potency and the ability to retain uniqueness as a revivalist.

  • Concert: Dr. Dog
  • Date: February 7
  • Venue: Belly Up Tavern
  • Seats: General

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