We saw Dr. Dog at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco on Tuesday evening. This is one of our favorite venues in San Francisco for its intimate setting, with a capacity of only 264. It was really amazing they played at such a small venue and we were lucky enough to see them before opening for The Lumineers at America's Cup Pavilion yesterday (Wednesday September 25). One of us had the pleasure of seeing them at Outside Lands in 2012, so it was great to be presented with the opportunity to see them at this particular venue.
Dr. Dog is a band of 5 unique guys from Phylidelphia, PA, consisting of bass, Toby Leaman, lead guitar, Scott McMicken, rhythm guitar, Frank McElroy, keyboard, Zach Miller, and drums, Eric Slick. Leaman and McMicken share lead vocals but all members contribute, which is something we like to see. They have a surfer indie rock vibe with a strong 60's influence. The band formed in 1998, but more recently have been playing at an array of Festivals and shows while on tour. Dr. Dog is also releasing a new album on October 1st called "B-Room".
Often times for concerts, we like to review the set list for preparation purposes and they had exceeded our expectations by playing a song from their new album! The crowd was pumped with high energy. Our favorite song they performed was "Shadow People;" however the crowd favorite seemed to be "Lonesome". Both songs are embedded below. There were a few individuals dressed as "Dr. Dogs" with costume dog ears paired with white lab coats. Overall, the band played a very passionate and energetic performance. They played each song with emotion and you could tell that they truly love the music they create and play by their brilliant stage presence. If you ever get a chance to see these guys, we highly recommend it!!
"Lonesome" by Dr. Dog
"Shadow People" by Dr. Dog
OCTOBER 31, 2013 UPDATE - Dr. Dog is currently allowing free downloads via Bandcamp. The offer is embedded below (technically, the five songs are acquired for the price of an email address).