Don't judge a band by its name, even if it sounds like it belongs to a rapper. "We get that sometimes," said Toby Leaman, bassist/vocalist for Philadelphia-based Dr. Dog. If you do judge, you might miss out on a band that rolls the raw energy of the Beach Boys and the Beatles' skill for arrangements into a big, bright, beautiful ball of indie pop-rock.
Dr. Dog has always been a studio band. "We record a lot, even when we're not making an [album]," Leaman said. "We started as a recording band. That's something we all really love."
But with their fifth album Shame, Shame out this month--their first on Anti-Records--they brought in producer Rob Schnapf to help create an album that more reflected their live shows.
"We felt like that was the only real way to progress ... [But] we ended up making the record a lot more similarly to what we used to. We are so meticulous and we spend so much time, energy and focus and get really picky. We're relentless." Leaman said.
Thursday, April 22, with Sean Bones. 9 p.m., $12 adv., $14 door. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., neurolux.com.