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Dr. Dog and Deer Tick Close Their Tour Tomorrow Night at Terminal 5

May 14th, 2010

Dr. Dog, a pop-rock quintet based in Philadelphia, openly embraces lo-fi production and the upbeat, late-’60s sounds of the Beatles and the Beach Boys. Two frontmen, bassist Toby Leaman and lead guitarist Scott McMicken, lead them—although the whole band harmonizes throughout their shows. The group formed in 1999 and has toured extensively over the years, earning wider acclaim opening for the Raconteurs, the Black Keys and My Morning Jacket. Although the lineup has changed over the years, Dr. Dog (above, playing “The Rabbit, the Bat and the Reindeer” on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson) still put out six albums since 2001. Their most recent effort, Shame Shame, came out last month. And they’ve been on the road with Deer Tick ever since. That tour ends tomorrow night at Terminal 5.

What began as a solo project for the ferociously talented John McCauley has blossomed into the five-man full-band sound of Deer Tick. Their third studio album, The Black Dirt Sessions, comes out next month but has already earned praise—plus their most notable fan is Brian Williams. And as terrific as the band’s recorded take on Americana music is, the best way to experience Deer Tick (below, playing “Easy” on KEXP) is to see them live. As singer-guitarist McCauley says, “Our live shows sometimes tend to go a bit haywire. We like to put on memorable shows, the kind of shows that you don’t see very often. If you don’t want to get covered in beer or confetti at one of our shows, I’d suggest not standing up in the front.” So do yourself a favor and make sure you go to Terminal 5 mañana.