Saturday Night: Dr. Dog At Fitzgerald's
Houston weather was balmy and wet Saturday night, but that didn't stop Philadelphia harmonic rockers Dr. Dog from sporting their trademark wintry wool beanies and shades.
Kicking off their set with the "That Old Black Hole" from this year's Be the Void, the band was a homely site on a homey stage -- they were bearded and beanie-clad, on a makeshift living-room stage set, embellished with area rugs, lamps, and posters.
We'd most recently seen Dr. Dog at Warehouse Live in 2010; luckily, the band has since ditched their uncharacteristic blinding light show, returning to a more modest live approach. Fitzgerald's ambiance seemed well-suited to host the band, yet we bet it'll be the last time we seem them in such a setting; the show sold out, and several ticketless fans were turned away at the door.
Shame Shame's "Shadow People" was a standout of the evening, as the band's trademark harmonies became more fine-tuned while they set progressed.
While singer/guitarist Scott McMicken was chatty and thorough during our interview last week, the band said little during their set -- nothing, actually -- until the encore. Instead, they delivered nonstop songs throughout their Void-heavy set list.
During our talk, McMicken also reveled in the band's harmonious rapport; this was evident onstage, as all members seemed closely in tune with one another.