Words By: Adrianna Hillborn – Photos By: Rich McKie
It has been a tough winter so far in Philadelphia; frigid temperatures and snowstorm after snowstorm. Friday night at The Electric Factory, things warmed up with the music of two of the hottest Philadelphia bands right now.
Dr. Dog is one of those bands that has been around for a few years, and while they haven’t quite reached mainstream status, they do consistently put out albums that you fall in love with. To know Dr. Dog’s music is to LOVE Dr. Dog’s music. Fans thoroughly enjoyed Friday night’s show at The Electric Factory, the first of a 2-night stint in their hometown. The stage was set with a semi-circle of red lights and a light-up road sign with the letters arranged haphazardly into gibberish. They opened with “Distant Light” into “Old Black Hole.” Their set included lots of songs from their newest album, B-Room among plenty of older favorites like “Ain’t It Strange,” and “Shadow People.” Dr. Dog’s warm and infectious harmonies had the crowd singing along and bobbing their heads along to the music. To me, it felt reminiscent of singing out loud in your car on a warm summer’s day with the windows rolled down. Ok, maybe that’s more wishful thinking than anything else, but Dr. Dog’s songs just have a way of making you feel good! They closed their encore with “Jackie Wants A Black Eye” the song that exclaims “We’re all in it together now, as we all fall apart…”
Opening the show was another Philly-based band, The Districts, whose star is on the rise. Originally from Lancaster County, these four young guys moved to Philadelphia last year, signed to Fat Possum records, and released an EP earlier this week. The Districts took the stage confidently and played a solid 8-song set of their raw, powerful indie rock songs. They employ the quiet/loud/quiet method of building a song up slowly and erupting into an intense burst of sound. It’s frontman Rob Grote’s intensity that makes this band so much fun to watch. He flails his head and body around so much that you think he might fall over. The Districts are nominated for the TSI Awards Indie Rock Band of the Year and they go on a nationwide tour with White Denim later this month.
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Photos By: Rich McKie – Tri State Indie