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1999 in Philadelphia, PA


Years Active:
'90s, '00s, '10s

Dr. Dog


The Philadelphia-based Dr. Dog are part of a long tradition of D.I.Y. pop oddballs who blend unapologetic '60s pop worship with lo-fi recording techniques and an apparent disregard for current trends. The group began as a part-time offshoot of the more traditional indie rock act Raccoon. Over the course of several years, guitarist Toby Leaman and drummer Scott McMicken found enough free time to record the casual, sprawling 35-track set The Psychedelic Swamp in a basement rehearsal space, finally self-releasing it in 2001. As Raccoon ended, McMicken and Leaman transformed Dr. Dog into a proper band, with McMicken on guitar and Leaman on bass (the two shared songwriting and vocals), as well as guitarist Doug O'Donnell, keyboard player Zach Miller, and drummer Juston Stens. This lineup recorded 2003's more focused and poppy Toothbrush, which — like The Psychedelic Swamp — received a low-key, self-distributed release.. When My Morning Jacket's Jim James, a friend of Leaman and McMicken from their Raccoon days, hand-picked Dr. Dog to open for his band on an East Coast tour, the band's almost nonexistent national profile began to rise. With O'Donnell replaced by former Raccoon bassist Andrew Jones and several Philadelphia friends making guest appearances, 2005's Easy Beat was picked up for distribution by the indie label National Parking. Following its release, the band toured again with My Morning Jacket and M. Ward and performed several well-received sets during the 2006 South by Southwest festival in Austin. The stopgap EP Takers and Leavers was released in September 2006 in advance of We All Belong, which arrived in early 2007.

Throughout the rest of that year, Dr. Dog began posting previously unreleased tracks on their website; the songs were later released as Passed Away, Vol. 1 in March 2008. In the summer of that same year, the group released Fate. Fate featured some of the band's most polished production to date. It also became Dr. Dog's highest charting album, peaking at number 86 on the Billboard 200 and earning positive reviews from outlets like Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly. After touring in support of the album, the group signed with the ANTI- record label and released 2010's Shame, Shame, a modern album that featured more guitars than the band's earlier work. Golden Boots member Dimitri Manos, who had played with the band on Easy Beat, joined up with the band as a full member, and made his first appearance on a full-length album in 2012 with the release of Be the Void early that year. Following the album, the band set to work building their own studio, a process that found the band refreshed enough to release another album, B-Room, in 2013. In early 2015, the group released their first live album Live at a Flamingo Hotel.

Top Albums

1. Live At a Fl..
Be the Void (Deluxe Edition), Dr. Dog
2. Be the Void ..
B-Room (Deluxe Edition), Dr. Dog
3. B-Room (Delu..
Be the Void, Dr. Dog
4. Be the Void
Shame, Shame (Deluxe Edition), Dr. Dog
5. Shame, Shame..
Shame, Shame, Dr. Dog
6. Shame, Shame
Toothbrush, Dr. Dog
7. Toothbrush
Wild Race - EP, Dr. Dog
8. Wild Race - ..
Oh My Christmas Tree - EP, Dr. Dog
9. Oh My Christ..
Easy Beat, Dr. Dog
10. Easy Beat
B-Room, Dr. Dog
11. B-Room
Fate, Dr. Dog
12. Fate
Live from Bonnaroo 2007: Dr. Dog, Dr. Dog
13. Live from Bo..
We All Belong, Dr. Dog
14. We All Belon..
Takers and Leavers - EP, Dr. Dog
15. Takers and L..
Passed Away, Vol. 1, Dr. Dog
16. Passed Away,..
Stranger - Single, Dr. Dog
17. Stranger - S..
Shadow People - Single, Dr. Dog
18. Shadow Peopl..
The Ark - Single, Dr. Dog
19. The Ark - Si..

Top Songs

Heart It RacesLive At a Flamingo Hotel4:20$1.29
Shadow PeopleLive At a Flamingo Hotel4:53$1.29
LonesomeBe the Void (Deluxe Edition..3:18$1.29
Broken HeartB-Room (Deluxe Edition)3:36$1.29
These DaysBe the Void (Deluxe Edition..2:47$1.29
How Long Must I WaitBe the Void (Deluxe Edition..3:40$1.29
That Old Black HoleBe the Void (Deluxe Edition..3:21$1.29
Shadow PeopleShame, Shame (Deluxe Editio..4:13$1.29
TruthB-Room (Deluxe Edition)4:25$1.29
Jackie Wants a Black EyeShame, Shame (Deluxe Editio..3:04$1.29
Say AhhhLive At a Flamingo Hotel4:48$1.29
These DaysLive At a Flamingo Hotel3:11$1.29
Beer CanPassed Away, Vol. 11:20$0.99
Little BirdPassed Away, Vol. 13:55$0.99
Eyesing the BluesPassed Away, Vol. 13:30$0.99
Me and My GirlPassed Away, Vol. 13:27$0.99
Oh My GodPassed Away, Vol. 12:38$0.99
Long Time AgoPassed Away, Vol. 13:45$0.99
I'm Standing in the LightPassed Away, Vol. 13:58$0.99
Man Who Was WrongPassed Away, Vol. 17:14$0.99
Going HomePassed Away, Vol. 13:14$0.99
Oh Me Oh MyPassed Away, Vol. 14:39$0.99
ArkArk - Single3:37$0.99
We All BelongWe All Belong5:17$0.99
Die, Die, DieWe All Belong3:03$0.99

Top Music Videos

Lonesome, Dr. Dog
1. Lonesome
Distant Light, Dr. Dog
2. Distant Light


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