Dr. Dog, Here We Go Magic
They had the token indie rock fans, loads of SMU undergrads, and an abnormally high amount of dudes wearing Texas Rangers ballcaps. But the lowest common denominator shared by the fans and the band alike? A serious hankering for a good time.
And that's exactly what happened onstage from the first note to the last of Dr. Dog's near two-hour set.
They picked up their instruments, greeted the half-full room, and launched into "Stranger," the first track from their new record Shame Shame. They were tight -- and you could tell that there was a certain freshness and excitement that came with playing new songs.
But, along with introducing new music, they had some other tricks up their sleeves for this tour. The stage was covered with intelligent lights that synced swirling beams with each song and shot them all over the room. It seemed like a slick move from a band that typically eschews anything new or high-tech in their music. But maybe they're attempting to join the rest of the music world in the 21st century -- after all, their new record is the first one they've ever recorded in an actual studio.
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And those members were completely in sync with each other from their brilliant Beatles-esque vocal harmonies to their string bending dual guitar solos. But that familiarity was to their detriment on songs like "Worst Trip," which was sped up significantly, and the lazy beginning of "Die Die Die" during the band's encore.
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Random Note: Here We Go Magic really stole the show for me.