Guest article by Derek Obregon.
Looking for something sweet to do for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day? How about taking to him or her to LA’s famous Wiltern Theater to hear the catchy, melodic rock and roll sounds of Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog this Friday, February 13th. And you know what? Rabbits Black favorite Hanni El Khatib is going to join them, just for good measure. This is the perfect show for all of our music-head couples out there, as well as our single readers looking for a night on the town. Either way, we hope to see you there.
Dr. Dog (guitarist-vocalist Scott McMicken, bassist-vocalist Toby Leaman, rhythm guitarist Frank McElroy, keyboardist Zach Miller, drummer Eric Slick and multi-instrumentalist Dimitri Manos) just released a live studio album entitled Live at Flamingo Hotel on January 13th, and have recently embarked on a 29-stop tour that will take them into the summer. Check out Dr. Dog’s official site here for more information on tour dates and album information.
This is a band that’s primary focus is not its popularity, or at least not according to mainstream standards. They just play music they want to make. But they still want to be in control of their off-beat style of music that pays homage to earlier generations of music. 2012’s Be The Void exemplified this style: “[Be The Void] comes from our pushing toward a rawer, more powerful, somewhat jittery competence,” explains guitarist-vocalist Scott McMicken. “We drew a lot of inspiration from soul music and the Rolling Stones and the Velvet Underground—music that’s got its roots in live expression rather than that studio-perfected sort of vibe.” Dr. Dog’s sound is meant to be heard live, and this is your opportunity to do just that. Click here for ticket info.
Listen to “Big Girl” off Be The Void here:
It doesn’t matter if you want to call them indie-pop, folk, rock or Lo-fi maniacs, they are what they are. Not every song is made to be a single, but every song has a certain amount of musicianship that is much harder to obtain. Simplicity is the name of their game. A Dr. Dog show is very fun because it has the “grab your friend next to you and throw your lighter up in the air” feel.
Listen to “Where’d All the Time Go” off Shame, Shame below:
Watch the official video for Hanni El Khatib’s new single “Moonlight”, off his new album of the same name, which was released on January 20, 2015, here: