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Dr. Dog

8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street

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Emerging as the less-jammy, younger version of Wilco, Dr. Dog is on the rise. The well-loved band's music builds on a warm '60s groove, while somehow managing to avoid hippie sinkholes. In fact, the Philadelphia quintet's radiant new album, Fate, stands as a tribute to some of the greatest products in pop-music history — and even better, the band wears its musical influences proudly out front. Beach Boysesque arrangements mingle with "Hey Jude"-like background vocal lifts. Completing the sound is a touch of rock from the Band and a sprinkling of haggard Neil Young jangly bits.

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