FRIDAY PICK | First waltz: Dr. Dog at First Avenue


Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog are one of the most interesting bands on the indie circuit, distinguishing themselves with talent and ambition despite the fact that their sound, when described in words, sounds the same as every other shaggy-boy band to lope into town and steal Minneapolitans’ hearts. With multiple songwriters who are also evocative vocalists, a shambling sound that hides a formidible instrumental attack, and a taste for unusual and complex song structures, the closest point of reference is The Band; locals who enjoy the flannelled-and-bearded men of the Fleet Foxes, Dawes, Mumford et al (you know who you are, and so do I) should be well-pleased. Dr. Dog headline First Ave’s Mainroom on February 17, with Purling Hiss.

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