Dr. Dog (Credit: Nicky_Devine)(Credit: Nicky Devine)

Remember when bands used to make live albums? Yeah, didn’t think so. Fortunately, Dr. Dog does remember the importance of the live show, a fact well-known to anyone who has seen them in concert, witnessing a powerful combination of musical versatility, high energy and an unwavering passion for performance. So it’s about time the group has captured their live sound for an official release. Titled Live at a Flamingo Hotel, it’s a must-have for any fan, whether unfortunate enough to have missed their physical presence or not. Featuring a bunch of tracks from their latest studio LP B-Room as well as numerous fan favorites spanning the course of their lengthy catalog (the supercharged “The Rabbit, The Bat & The Reindeer” is a particularly punchy highlight), the record is full of the band’s familiarly blissful grooves and harmonies, albeit with a harder, raw live edge to them.

If the recording isn’t enough, fear not. Dr. Dog will be in Oakland this Thursday at the Fox Theater in support of the album. That way you can see them live and then take the experience home with you.

Dr. Dog, Hanni El Khatib
Fox Theater
February 12, 2015
8pm, $27.50 (all ages)