Dr. Dog fills up Crowbar

The Ark, The Way the Lazy Do, 100 Years, The Old Days, Hang On, The Breeze, Worst Trip, Ain’t it Strange, My Friend, Army of Ancients, Fools Life, From, Oh No, The Beach, The Rabbit, The Bat, and The Reindeer

Encore: Say Something, My Old Ways

The band has been on the road for a good while, but they say they’re staying sane listening to a good bit of M.Ward and the Black Keys. They’re back on the road this Spring and after playing a date at Coachella Festival, they plan on taking some time off and hitting the studio this summer.

Local boys Win Win Winter opened up the show with a short, seven-song set that included a bold, but capable cover of The Beatles’ “Something.” These guys are a good, young band, but the frontman is an oversinger and I just don’t believe him (yet).

Touring with Dr. Dog is Boston quartet Drug Rug. They were good enough, but ultimately forgettable save for their mix of indie rock and blues riffs and, of course, the girl guitarist/singer, who played a mean little Gibson.

--Photo by Phil Bardi

The last time Dr. Dog played Tampa was Halloween '07 to a light crowd with only a few fans singing along. Though it was only a year-and-a-half ago, it was must have felt like a small lifetime for the Philly fivesome. Since then, the band has been on several "Best of" lists, put out a well-received album, '08's Fate, and eevn appeared on NPR a few times, too.

Just before midnight last night, Dr. Dog returned to the stage at Ybor City's Crowbar and played to a packed house, tearing into “The Ark” first, following it up with an excellent rendition of “The Way the Lazy Do,” then filling the room  with warm melodies and three- and four-part harmonies as they performed almost all the tracks from Fate as well as a few cuts from 2005’s Easy Beat, like the grating “Fools Life.”

A guy in a dog costume replete with lab coat and stethoscope joined Dr. Dog for some dancing and clapping during “Oh No,” the the band closing the set shortly after with a haunting rendition of “The Beach” and “The Rabbit, The Bat and The Reindeer.” The crowd roused the band for a two-song encore, “Say Something” and “My Old Ways.” The show ended somewhere around 1 a.m.

Here's the complete setlist:

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