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Elliott Smith
Dr. Dog keeps its rough edges
Dr. Dog keeps its rough edges

After years of gaining fans the old fashioned way — self-produced albums, incessant touring — the time came in the summer of 2009 for Dr. Dog to graduate from low-fi psychedelic folk group to a fully formed band, with the confidence to rise above knock-off Beatles comparisons. Around then, the Philadelphia sextet left tiny Park the Van Records for the much larger ANTI- label, and producer-extraordinaire Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck) signed on for the group's next record. But the rock 'n' roll rite of passage of recording in an unfamiliar place only worked in theory for Dr. Dog, which plays Rams Head Live on Saturday. For the first time ever, the band headed...