Words and Photos by David Turcotte

Despite slushy and sub-freezing January weather, Dr. Dog played to a dedicated and sold-out crowd at New York’s Terminal 5 last Friday night, with Saint Rich playing in support.

Saint Rich, which features Steve Marion of Delicate Steve, started playing right at 9pm, but had to overcome some early and embarrassing technical difficulties when one of their guitar amps failed to work during the their opening song. Probably not the way they had hoped to kick off the show, but the New Jersey natives recovered nicely, and got plenty of love and support from the crowd once the T5 technicians went to work and fixed the issue.

Having leaked on Instagram a practice set-list that hinted at “deep cuts” to come, fans of the headliner knew that a special show was in store tonight. And once they took the stage, Dr. Dog dug right in with a reworked version of “Ain’t it Strange”, followed by “Distant Light” and “That Old Black Hole” from 2012’s Be the Void.

All in all, Dr. Dog played only 7 or so songs off their newest album B-Room, leaning heavily on fan favorites from their earlier LP’s Fate, and Shame, Shame. There was also a guest appearance from brass aficionados Antibalas, who joined the Philly indie rockers onstage during the tunes “Long Way Down” and “The Beach”.

Although Dr. Dog’s newest songs certainly played out well live, the 3000+ people in attendance erupted during their encore, which was heavily laden with older material that included “Stranger”, “The Breeze”, and “Oh No”.

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Ain’t It Strange
Distant Light
That Old Black Hole
These Days
The Truth
Broken Heart
Oh Me Oh My
Say Ahhh
Rock & Roll
Heavy Light
Long Way Down (with Antibalas)
The Beach (with Antibalas)
Jackie Wants a Black Eye
Heart It Races (Architecture in Helsinki cover)
Shadow People

The Breeze
Too Weak to Ramble
Oh No

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