All posts by Aran Hart

Originally from Northern California and now residing in Philadelphia. Experiencing life with others through writing and lens covering music, art, sports, culture and travel.

Heineken Green Room: Just Blaze Recap

Heineken Green Room Philadelphia kicked off 2014 in true style with a two-part, two-venue exclusive night to remember focused around super-producer, Grammy Award winner, and music industry juggernaut Just Blaze. The first event took place at MilkBoy Studio where Just Blaze was interviewed before an “Insider” audience. Immediately following the Q&A session was a star-studded line-up of DJ Statik, DJ Phsh, and Just Blaze spinning at nearby renowned nightclub Silk City.

Don’t forget to RSVP for the next HGR coming up Tuesday Feb 25 featuring Rich Medina at Silk City.

Dr. Dog – Feeling at Home

Saturday, February 1, 2014Words and Photos by Aran Hart

The Truth, nor the tour stops here. In fact, Dr. Dog just began their 2014 North American Headline Tour in New York, Vermont, and Montreal last week and then packed a sold out Electric Factory in their home city of Philadelphia both Friday and Saturday nights 1/31 and 2/1.

Openers Saint Rich, who are joining Dr. Dog on the road this year, have their own fun apathetic style laced with crunchy guitar croons, subtle soothing harmonies, energetic drum crashes and fills. The New Jersey based band collaborated with Dr. Dog to release the “Casual Free Fall” Tour EP available for free listen and download.

Dr. Dog’s combination of a toned down feel with a BIG sound takes its audience down that oh so familiar road but all the while revealing new sights and sounds this go around. It’s what makes for a live music experience in all regards. From the clean custom stage set-up with styled in-set amps, the cryptic marquee, and 60’s TV-show set backdrop, to the well-balanced stage-plot and diverse set list, everything is there for the taking.

The audience was indeed all aboard Dr. Dog’s grooving-melodic-odyssey-dreamscape that the latest album’s (B-Room – 2013) final track “Humble Passenger” explores. Then the acoustic guitar would strum into another song like “Jackie Wants a Black Eye” and you were reminded of all the tangibles life throws our way.

You could relax and soak-in the scene, you could dance and sing every word with your hometown heroes, you could close your eyes and ride the smooth psychedelic riffs and bouncy bass lines, or you could clap your hands to the same beat with the boys leading those catchy choruses you’ve heard once and you feel you’ve known forever. All adds up to sharing a piece of what makes you feel all right.

You can never be reminded too often that where you are is where you should be. That’s what home is. Dr. Dog looked comfortable right at home.

And why not? Truth is, they were.