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Ron Gallo and Naked Giants Blur Lines at Rough Trade NYC

November 20th, 2017

Ron Gallo – Rough Trade NYC – November 19, 2017

Sometimes it’s best to start with the end and work your way back to the beginning. Such is the case with the show at Rough Trade NYC last night, which closed in burn-the-house-down fashion, Ron Gallo and his band joined by opening band Naked Giants, two power trios banging around onstage, at least half of the six musicians having removed their shirts, the sweat a couple of hours of no-garage-can-contain-this rock and rolling. The Naked Giants guys had already been onstage for three songs to close out the set, at one point joined by Dr. Dog’s Eric Slick as well, playing both sides of their split 7″ single and culminating in a frenzied cover of the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter.” Apparently they’ve been performing it together all along their tour, but when they played it in Brooklyn last night, it not only was an appropriate show closer, but also unwittingly, and perhaps unintentionally ironically, marked the passing of Charles Manson.

The packed house had been bouncing and percolating to both bands all night, but by this point, the energy from front to back was combustible, bodies slamming into one another and carelessly bounding up and down. Whatever the opposite of “quiet Sunday evening at home” is, this was it. The preceding set from Gallo and his trio had been an exercise in blurred boundaries, playing songs from their appropriately titled Heavy Meta record. The demarcation between headliner and opener seemed fluid, at one point midway through, after singing a song apparently about two headlining bands, the Naked Giants guys came on and swapped instruments, allowing Gallo and his group to hop into the audience to rock out with the crowd. Indeed the fourth wall between the performers and audience was as equally dynamic throughout, Gallo not only coming down off the stage on multiple occasions, but also chatting and bantering with folks in the audience, and the musicians mimicking the propulsive dancing of the crowd. At one point Gallo was able to merge all of the audience requests into one surreal medley, blowing into his trumpet and then threading together a few seconds of an unintelligible “Free Bird” with “Fight for Your Right to Party” and, of all things, “One of Us.”

The boundary between rock and roll show and performance art also disappeared, stretching back to the opening moments of Gallo’s set, when he played a little trumpet and then read a prepared introduction statement from a piece of paper seemingly channeling Christopher Walken. At other points, Gallo played his guitar with and on a skateboard. But for all the shenanigans, his set was a rage of rock and roll, channeling the great trios like the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream along the way. With Joe Bisirri on bass and Dylan Sevey on drums, the three-piece was greater than the sum of their parts, breathing fire into the material from the beginning. And as we continue to work our way backward through the night, we once again find Seattle’s Naked Giants. Seen from the end, their set was a bit of foreshadowing—their intense and thoughtful guitar-bass-drum rock a perfect tee up for the night. Their songs seemed to have a mind of their own, losing themselves in the middle to stray here or there in is-this-another-song fashion before hitting the head and drawing to a close. —A. Stein | @Neddyo

Photos courtesy of Silvia Saponaro | www.saponarophotography.com


Dr. Dog – Terminal 5 – March 18, 2016

March 21st, 2016

Dr. Dog - Terminal 5 - March 18, 2016

Photos courtesy of Mike Benigno | mikebenigno.com


Don’t Miss Out on the Fun with Dr. Dog on Saturday at Terminal 5

March 16th, 2016

Deftly mixing melodic pop and psychedelic rock, Dr. Dog—Scott McMicken (vocals and guitar), Toby Leaman (vocals and bass), Dimitri Manos (percussion and electronics), Eric Slick (drums and vocals), Frank McElroy (guitar and vocals) and Zach Miller (keys and vocals)—have been winning over fans since forming in Philadelphia back in 1999, thanks to their upbeat, energetic live performances and considerable recorded discography. Their latest studio album, The Psychedelic Swamp (stream it below)—a revamped version of their unreleased debut LP—arrived last month. “This band cranks every dial, stretches every muscle, and explores every nook and cranny in its domain, and has one hell of a time doing it,” according to the A.V. Club. “It’s an album of swampadelic pop that spares none of either, straddling the line with the band’s signature side-by-side blend of swirling atmospheric noise and earworm melodies.” Dr. Dog (above, performing “Bring My Baby Back” on World Cafe Live) land in New York City this weekend for a pair of shows at Terminal 5. The bad news is that Friday’s appearance is already sold out, but the good news is that tickets still remain for Saturday’s show. So join in on the fun.


Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Dr. Dog on 3/18

March 15th, 2016


Touring behind their ninth studio album, The Psychedelic Swamp, Dr. Dog roll into town to play Terminal 5 twice this weekend, on Friday and Saturday. Tickets remain for their second appearance, but if you want to see the Philadelphia six-piece on Friday, you just might have to try to Grow a Pair of tickets from The House List. But, no worries, it’s easy: Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Dr. Dog, 3/18) and a brief message explaining which team in the NCAA Tournament will pull off the biggest upset this week. Eddie Bruiser, who will neither confirm nor deny he’s spent his rent money on his bracket, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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Dr. Dog, Predictably Excellent

September 21st, 2012

Dr. Dog – Rumsey Playfield – September 20, 2012

Dependability is an underrated virtue for a rock band, almost necessarily so. It’s easy to take for granted when a group consistently performs excellently. There are the notable exceptions—Bruce Springsteen, U2 and, increasingly so, the Flaming Lips—but for the most part, the bands that trot out day by day to entertain with predictable flair are seen as owing something, rather than appreciated for their reliability. Still, every night can feel special in its own way, and last night at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, Dr. Dog, one of rock’s soon-to-be steady hands, played a strong set of favorites as well as providing some signature moments.

Dr. Dog is Philadelphia’s most notable indie-rock band, comprised of Toby Leaman (bass guitar and lead vocals), Scott McMicken (lead guitar and lead vocals), Frank McElroy (rhythm guitar), Zach Miller (keyboard) and Eric Slick (drums). Over the course of seven albums, most recently Be the Void, they have created and perfected a sound that borrows familiar classic-rock elements, such as the Beatles’ and Beach Boys’ harmonies and pop maximalism, in addition to adding their own unique touch. The vocal interplay between Leaman and McMicken is thrilling: Leaman growls and yells while McMicken exercises his falsetto. And with a growing catalog of favorites, the group is able to play extended crowd-pleasing shows.

On Thursday night, Dr. Dog began with Shame, Shame’s “Shadow People.” They played behind an altered American flag with neon colors and only three stars (the symbolism escaped me). Quickly, they settled into the pattern of slow opening verses leading to huge climactic choruses, with harmonized oohs and aahs. Some cute touches were added to “I Only Wear Blue” and “The Old Days” when an electronic effect such as a horse nay and hand claps were added. But the big and memorable moment came when Delta Spirit’s Matt Vasquez stumbled onto the stage during “Worst Trip.” With a shaker in hand, he jumped around and eventually made his way atop Leaman’s shoulders for the end of the song. And as the bassist, somewhat startled, explained, the two groups have been touring for a while. Another example of how, even after so long, the expected can produce the expected. —Jared Levy

Photos courtesy of JC McIlwaine | jcmcilwaine.com


American Babies Play the Late Show Tonight

April 29th, 2011

Singer-guitarist Tom Hamilton wanted to form a band. And like so many others looking to start something, he decided to lean on friends and family. In this case, it was his brother, Jim, on bass, Kevin Kendrick on vibraphone, Scott Metzger (Bustle in Your Hedgerow, Rana, Some Cat from Japan) on guitar and Joe Russo (Benevento/Russo Duo, Bustle in Your Hedgerow, Furthur) on drums. You might think a lineup with this much boisterous talent would produce loud, in-your-face music. But instead, American Babies have a more roots- and country-influenced sound, which has earned Hamilton comparisons to Gram Parsons and Ryan Adams. With such busy members, the band has played off and on over the past few years and has released two albums, a self-titled debut in 2008 and Flawless this year. And tonight, American Babies (above, doing “Dance All Night”) play the late show at Mercury Lounge. And as an added bonus, Dave Dreiwitz (Ween), Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits) and Eric Slick (Dr. Dog) will be sitting in.