Dr. Dog develop mathematical expression for intrinsic auditory stimulation, announce new album Critical Equation

Dr. Dog develop mathematical expression for intrinsic auditory stimulation, announce new album Critical Equation
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This week, Dr. Dog fans have two beautiful, brand new reasons to start approaching life with an unabashed vitality.

First, the Philly-based band announced the release of their newest full-length album, Critical Equation — and second, they also announced upcoming dates for a nationwide tour, which will be their first in over two years. If those two things aren’t reason enough to launch into a rapturous display of unadulterated exaltation, then hell. I don’t know what is.

The new album is set to drop April 27 on Thirty Tigers Records, and long-time DD aficionados will find that it carries all of the steadfast rhythms and chimerical melodies that the band has become known for over the last decade-and-a-half. If anything, in fact, it sounds like the record will be even more substantial than a traditional Dog album:

“This record is about a concerted effort to push ourselves to grow with courage and confidence built upon our history together,” says co-front man Toby Leaman. “It was important for all of us to figure out if we were actually doing what we wanted to be doing, or if we were just letting momentum carry us down this path [that] we’d always been on.”

Indeed, if you follow Dr. Dog’s Instagram exploits, you’ll know that they’ve been dabbling in some pretty robust sounds recently, as illustrated to exactness by the album’s first single, “Listening In.” The song sounds like a Scott McMicken tune, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, you can stream it (or shall we say “listen in” on it) right over here at NPR, or watch it on YouTube below.

It doesn’t appear that the entire record is available for pre-order yet, but fetch the single here and be sure to keep a watchful eye on the official Dr. Dog information portal, because it certainly doesn’t take a “critical equation” to know that the link will be available soon, and that it’ll probably include some limited edition treats that you’ll want to get your Dr. Dog-worshiping paws on.

Critical Equation tracklisting:

01. Listening In
02. Go Out Fighting
03. Buzzing In The Light
04. Virginia Please
05. Critical Equation
06. True Love
07. Heart Killer
08. Night
09. Under The Wheels
10. Coming Out Of The Darkness

Dr. Dog on tour:

03.02.18 - Phoenix, AZ - McDowell Mountain Music Festival
04.06.18 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom
04.07.18 - Knoxville, TN - Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival
04.08.18 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
04.09.18 - Fayetteville, AR - George’s Majestic Lounge
04.10.18 - Oxford, MS - The Lyric
04.12.18 - Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen
04.13.18 - Orlando, FL - The Plaza Live
04.14.18 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - The Culture Room
04.15.18 - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
04.17.18 Charleston, SC - Music Farm
04.18.18 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
04.19.18 - Richmond, VA - The National
04.20.18 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
05.02.18 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
05.04.18 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
05.05.18 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
05.06.18 - St. Paul, MN - Palace Theatre
05.08.18 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
05.10.18 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
05.11.18 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
05.12.18 - Austin, TX - Moody Theater
05.13.18 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
05.14.18 - San Antonio, TX - The Rustic
05.16.18 - New Orleans, LA - Joy Theater
05.17.18 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City
05.18.18 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
05.19.18 - Black Mountain, NC - Pisgah Brewing Co.
06.01.18 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
06.02.18 - San Diego, CA - Observatory North Park
06.05.18 - Los Angeles, CA - The Theatre at Ace Hotel
06.07.18 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
06.08.18 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
06.09.18 - Seattle, WA - The Moore Theatre
06.11.18 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
06.13.18 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
06.14.18 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
06.16.18 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
06.17.18 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
06.19.18 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
06.20.18 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
06.22.18 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
06.23.18 - Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing

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