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Friday, October 16, 2009

What to do Tonight: Dr. Dog

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Dr. Dog have a knack for immersing themselves in a world of warm and breezy California summers. Every minute of the band’s easygoing ’60s surf-pop is like a walk on the beach. Sugary harmonies stretch through the air, and the rhythms chug along at a pace perfect for sipping tall, cool lemonades. As the weather grows colder and wetter in Cleveland, we’ll be dreaming of this scenario, especially when the Philadelphia-based band (apparently you don’t have to be from warm climates to create sunny music) brings its sunny psychedelia to town tonight. Dr. Dog’s most recent album, Fate, is full of inspired songs like “The Old Days” (an infectious piano pounder with a catchy-as-hell repeated chorus) and “The Beach,” which laments rain and floods with old blues chords. With four other albums of material to choose from, it could be a long night of balmy tunes. Jeffrey Lewis opens the show with folk rock and picture books — he draws and sings about them — at 9 p.m. at the Beachland Ballroom (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124, beachlandballroom.com). Tickets: $12 advance, $14 day of show. — Danielle Sills

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