Thursday, February 20, 2014
You like indie rockers Dr. Dog? Check out these three local bands
For your indie rock-rugged pop listening pleasure.
Philadelphia-bred indie rock band Dr. Dog, which is coming to Dallas’ House of Blues Saturday, February 22, is known for its three interchangeable lead singers, intelligent songwriting and energetic live show. Whether you can make the concert this weekend, check out three bands that will give you a rugged pop fix on the local level.
Goodnight Ned — Hailing from Dallas, Goodnight Ned combines roots rock vindication with demanding keys and poetic songwriting. The six-piece resides on the folk fringe of indie rock, with a violinist and trumpet player filling in the gaps between groaning guitar chords. A bonus: Goodnight Ned will be playing in HOB’s Foundation Room before and after Dr. Dog’s show for free.
Birds of Night — Denton four-piece Birds of Night has an undeniable pop sensibility backing its hazy, surf-rock vibe. The band’s charm stems from its ability to intrigue without being overly technical, and balance prolonged vocals with sharp instrumentation. Birds of Night cleverly weighs similar contradictions in songwriting, too, as if governed by a yin and yang philosophy.
Rania Khoury & the Stone Wolves — Dallasite Rania Khoury and her band of bluesmen breathe ease and melody into every song they play. But it’s the singer’s voice that bleeds Dr. Dog-like conviction, whether she’s hollering at the pinnacle of a tune or gracefully climbing scales.
(Full disclosure: Rania Khoury works for A.H. Belo Corporation.)