CoMusic Review: Photos from Dr. Dog at The Blue Note

Dr. Dog paid a visit to Columbia last night. They were last in town four long years ago. Back in 2007, they played Mojo’s and an in-store at Slackers during a tour with What Made Milwaukee Famous (incidentally, this photographer caught that tour in St. Louis at the Creepy Crawl). They played Mojo’s again in 2008. It seems time has treated the good doctor well, because now they’re playing a near-capacity Blue Note. This show must have sold very well, because the big barricade was up near the stage, a rarity at The Blue Note.

I’ve seen Dr. Dog a number of times before, including an opening slot for The Black Keys. This is the best show I’ve seen from them. In part it was probably due to the silly stage decorations that included multiple tiger heads and fireplaces and better lighting. The crowd interaction was almost nil, save for an extended staredown by the bassist Toby during “Fate.” Still, energy was high and the music sounded great. Dr. Dog has left their lo-fi origins far behind. The set included a number of cuts from the band’s excellent recent effort Be The Void. Scroll to the bottom for a full setlist.

Givers opened the show. I’ll admit, I knew nothing about them, but I liked what I heard. One of my friends realized he knew two of their songs without actually knowing the band. He claimed that he heard them on a Minnesota radio station, but it turns out it was probably from the Fifa 2012 video game soundtrack.


Dr. Dog Setlist:

That Old Black Hole
The Breeze
The Ark
Do The Trick
Shadow People
Hang On
I Only Wear Blue
The Rabbit, The Bat, and The Reindeer
These Days
Heavy Light
The Old Days
Shame, Shame

Encore (This is from a previous show. Any ideas if it’s correct?):
The Way the Lazy Do
My Friend
Jackie Wants a Black Eye
Heart It Races (Architecture in Helsinki cover)

All photos by Benjamin Gross

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