Marquee: Dr. Dog
Dr. Dog has always been unapologetically retro, borrowing liberally from the best of '60s and '70s pop to fuel their own melodic masterworks. But they put on a slightly different face for last year's Fate, digging up nostalgia from an expanded range of territory.
Take "The Old Days." It's ostensibly a retread of a retread, considering Dr. Dog already released a single called "My Old Ways." Instead, there's a raging punk song threatening to break out beneath the harmonic pop sheen.
And Toby Leaman's "Hang On" refrain, "I don't need no doctor to tear me all apart/ I just need you to mend my heart," could just as easily be Jeff Tweedy channeling The Band.
"Army of Ancients," on the other hand, is vintage Dr. Dog - killer orchestration, uplifting background vocals and passionate narration that's howled more than sung.
All of this might seem irrelevant to readers who reject such a blatantly backward-looking band on principle. But after watching them win over Little Brother's two years ago, it's hard to believe anybody would fail to succumb to this band's charms.
When: 7 p.m. Monday, April 6
Where: The Basement, Arena District