Emerging as the less-jammy, younger version of Wilco, Dr. Dog
is on the rise. The well-loved band's music builds on a warm '60s groove, while somehow managing to avoid hippie sinkholes. In fact, the Philadelphia quintet's radiant new album, Fate
, stands as a tribute to some of the greatest products in pop-music history — and even better, the band wears its musical influences proudly out front. Beach Boysesque arrangements mingle with "Hey Jude"-like background vocal lifts. Completing the sound is a touch of rock from the Band and a sprinkling of haggard Neil Young jangly bits.