Philadelphia indie-rockers Dr. Dog are an interesting bunch. Able to appeal as much to granola crunching jam-banders and Urban Outiftted indie kids, the band's new record Be The Void (due out on ANTI Records on Tuesday, February, 7) finds them returning to the freewheeling looseness of their early work, aided in no small part by the work of new band member and Tucson native Dimitri Manos, of Golden Boots.
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In our feature about Twin Cities hip-hop collective Doomtree, we speak with Dessa, whose vocal on "Dixon's Girl" is a highlight of the group's new LP, No Kings. "Getting better and more confident as solo artists makes collaborating easier," Dessa says. "You're worried less about creating an impression or staving off that panic of the impression that you're the weakest link."
Then there's Evan Dando, who's coming to down with The Lemonheads to perform his classic album It's a Shame About Ray. Dando is the kind of performer who misses nearly often as he hits, but we argue that seeing shows is a gamble: "You pay a club for admission, and whatever happens after you're inside happens. You take a chance." With Dando, the bet might even pay off.