Dr. Dog at Denver's Hi-Dive on Saturday (with Delta Spirit and Hacienda)
Saturday night was a fantastic night for shows in Denver. I split my time equally between the Hi-Dive and the Gothic and caught a few superb and passionate performances.
First up, Hacienda opened the night at the Hi-Dive, in a sold out show with Dr. Dog and Delta Spirit. I didn't know what to expect from this band of Mexican-American brothers (+1 cousin) from San Antonio, Texas, but their sound fit in nicely with the serrated retro vibes of their tourmates. Their 6-song demo landed in the hands of Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys (who is quite the producer lately), and their debut album was recorded in his Akron, Ohio studio with members of Dr. Dog. Loud Is The Night is out now on Bomp Records.
She's Got A Hold On Me - Hacienda
(also stream the delicious "Hear Me Crying" on their MySpace)
Next up was Delta Spirit, who I already raved about here, and were just as good as I had hoped. I smiled a ridiculously huge smile throughout their whole set. They are heading out on the road with none other than the fantastic Nada Surf in the coming months; be sure to catch them if you can.
Two pics, then a video below (in the low light, but how great is that apt trashcan-percussion lid?):
[all photos from the first two acts here]
"TRASHCAN" - DELTA SPIRIT (LIVE IN DENVER)
Finally . . . I left. No, really. Not out of spite for the wonderful Dr. Dog from Philly, but because the Dandy Warhols were taking the stage over at the Gothic. That's a story for another day. Luckily, I stumbled across a wonderful local taper who recorded the Dr. Dog set! If I close my eyes, spill a beer on my foot, and turn up the heater it's almost like being there.
DR. DOG IN DENVER
09/27/08 - HI-DIVE
The Old Days
The Way the Lazy Do
Army of Ancients
Ain’t It Strange
My Old Ways
The Rabbit, The Bat, and The Reindeer
Die, Die, Die
ZIP FILE: DR. DOG AT THE HI-DIVE
- Some PA/bass distortion was present in the later part of the show.
- Members of Delta Spirit were on stage for 2-3 songs.
[thanks to the awesome local Flat Response for taping!]