Concert preview: Dr. Dog carefully cultivates its ramshackle sound on B Room

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From the November 7, 2013 edition

The Band-worshipping Philadelphia crew recorded its eighth album, B Room, in an abandoned mill outside its hometown. Yet in spite of the seemingly ramshackle environs, much of the music populating the effort has been polished to a high-gloss shine, and even when the band sings of wild love on the psych-folk epic “Distant Light” the music sounds carefully manicured.

Still, there’s certainly a charm to the band’s sound, which, like distressed denim or those pre-aged ballcaps sold my retailers like Urban Outfitters, has been specially designed to sound broken-in, and the best moments here — “Broken Heart” and the perfectly titled “Too Weak to Ramble” (seriously, dude sounds like he could barely lift himself to the mike in the recording booth) come to mind — are as gorgeous as anything in Dr. Dog’s sprawling catalog.

Fly Golden Eagle opens the show.