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Live Review: First Aid Kit and Willy Mason at El Rey (LA), May 28, 2014

First Aid Kit
First Aid Kit at Storsjöyran by Cherie Glover

“Cosmic American Music” was a term used by the late great father of alternative country, Gram Parsons, to describe his mystical vision for a new genre of music. Well on his way to seeing this vision through, Parsons’ untimely death in 1973 put an abrupt end to his path of liberating country music from the confines of Nashville and releasing it into the stratosphere for all to enjoy. Continue reading…

Review: Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame

Dr. Dog sound like The Beatles. Or wait, no, they sound more like The Beach Boys. No, no, they sound exactly like The Band. That’s it, they sound like The Band. Wait no, that’s not it, now I’m hearing Gram Parsons. Now Pink Floyd? PINK FLOYD? You guys sound like Pink Floyd right now! What the hell?! Goddammit Dr. Dog, who do you sound like? I know it’s someone. You guys sound exactly like somebody, and someday I will figure it out.

In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy the hell out of what you guys do because, when it comes down to it, it’s not who you sound like but what you sound like, and what you guys sound like is pure, feel-good, warm and fuzzy 60s rock.

Dr. Dog make the type of music that is so damn groovy you start to involuntarily squint your eyes, smile, and bob your head, wishing that somehow you could feel like this more often, but all the while grateful to have felt like this at all. Basically, Dr. Dog’s music makes you look and feel like that rare type of pothead who actually knows how to enjoy being stoned. Continue reading…