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Review: Dr. Dog at Larimer Lounge

October 12th at Larimer Lounge

by Mystik Spiral 

Caveat emptor, my friends: this review is as much about baseball as it is about music.  You’ve been warned.  It’s October and the Rockies are deeper into the post-season than they’ve ever been, hence I’ve been having a hard time this month switching my attention from baseball to music.  I actually skipped Bishop Allen, one of my favorites, at the Hi-Dive on Thursday to watch game 1 of the NLCS.  I refused to miss Dr. Dog, though, so I tore myself away from the TV and headed to Larimer Lounge.

I arrived about 5 minutes before Dr. Dog took the stage.  I’m glad I waited ’til the last moment, as the second band, Apollo Sunshine, had had car trouble and didn’t make it in time for their set (they did play after Dr. Dog but it was 1:00 in the morning and I was exhausted).  Most everyone in the bar was glued to the television when I walked in.  I joined them until Dr. Dog took the stage, at which point people started drifting to the stage area.

This is the second time I’ve seen Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog at the Larimer this year.  I can’t believe these guys aren’t bigger. Maybe it’s just Denver… They’ve played both the Letterman Show and Conan O’Brien and they did a recent stint opening for Wilco.   I haven’t seen Wilco live for a while, but with Dr. Dog’s energy and Wilco’s descent into easy listening I can imagine that the young guys blew the veterans away during that tour…  

Toby opened the show by asking how the Rockies were doing and letting us know they were pulling for them (“you gotta go for the team that beat ya”).  If you haven’t seen Dr. Dog, you should as soon as you get the chance, and before they do finally go big time.  They are one of the best live bands for your money – energetic, tight, just a whole lot of fun.  My attention was still divided during their set, though, as I was receiving Rockies update texts from my sister approximately every 2 1/2 minutes.  When the Dr. Dog set began, the Rox were up 2-1 in the top of the 8th.  They lost their lead in the bottom of the ninth and went to extra innings.  Boo.  OK, to somewhat make up for my lack of detail about the show I’ll at least post the setlist:

Ain’t It Strange
The Pretender
The Girl
Old Ways
Worst Trip
Easy Beat
The World May Never Know
Keep A Friend
Livin’ A Dream
Die Die Die
The Way The Lazy Do

*This is how these songs appeared on Frank’s setlist. I didn’t recognize them and I think they may be new!

Apollo Sunshine had shown up by the end of the regular set, so there was no encore.

I didn’t think it was going to be possible, but the baseball game was still going when Dr. Dog wrapped up.  So I moved to the bar for the top of the 11th.  The Rockies scored when the Diamondbacks’ closer walked Willy Taveras with the bases loaded.  Oops.  Then my sister called, and we decided that I better stay at the Larimer to watch the bottom of the inning, as it seemed to be lucky.  I did, we got the D’Backs out in order, and the Rockies are coming home with a 2-0 lead in this best-of-seven series.  With 3 games in a row at home, the Rockies are in prime position to make the World Series.  Whoa.  It should also be noted that there is nothing better than high-fiving strangers over a baseball game, mid-October, in an indie rock dive bar.

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