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Dr. Dog w/ The Growlers @ Turner Hall Ballroom

Feb. 4, 2010

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Ever since Dr. Dog performed in Milwaukee a few years back, many in the area wondered when they would get another chance to hear the band that some have hailed as a modern Beatles for its distinct similarities to that fabled group and era. Thursday night Dr. Dog checked in to a sold-out Turner Hall Ballroom and more than lived up to their billing for sublime, time-traveling rock ’n’ roll.

The band, led by talented songwriters/singers Scott McMicken and Toby Leaman, didn’t waste any time, opening with an energy-packed version of “Worst Trip.” With their nostalgic keyboards, guitars and vocals, they might have caused a number of listeners to double-check what decade we’re in.

The band strutted its best on stage with guitars and voices blazing through the hall. The night featured the group jumping around their discography of jovial and soulfully spirited songs. Tunes such as the freely floating “The Breeze” and the powerful guitar-driven rocker “The Ark” showed the band’s prowess for catchy songs and lyrics, as well as its ability to command the stage. The songs, dripping with mouthwatering three-part harmonies, ranged from all-out rockers to soulful, moody songs and allowed both McMicken and Leaman to exhibit their vocal ranges.

With their new album Shame, Shame coming out in April, the band also included a sampling of new tracks. The latest songs might not have received as loud of a cheer from the crowd as the time-tested works, but they fit in nicely and built anticipation for the new release.

Opener The Growlers started the night with their psychedelic-tinged rock ’n’ roll with a California vibe and won over many who arrived early.

Photo by Cj Foeckler