As trusty as an old friend and as consistently quality as any rock band over the last twenty years, returned to the DMV area for a special Friday night at the Trap, a bucolic, escapist retreat about 30 minutes from DC. Northern Virginia looked more like the on this foggy, cool and damp Friday night, but that didn’t stop a few thousand folks from making the pilgrimage out to Vienna for a memorable evening in Park venue , hard-to-beat sight lines, BYOB policy and dialed-in sound.

After opening sets by Sandy () and Orchestra, the table was set for the veteran quintet, who took the stage at 9:30 to deliver ninety minutes of originals (+ their famous of Architecture in Helsinki’s “ It ”) from their seemingly endless catalog of harmony-laden psychedelia.

It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since has released a full-length record of new material – has been anything but dormant in the time between (they’ve released new versions of older tunes in their last two LPs), but the oddball Critical Equation tunes like the opening “Listening In” and”Go Out Fighting” injected some welcome weirdness amongst the sweet and sincere standards like “The Breeze” and “Where Does The Time Go” (personal ).

Friday’s show had many of the essential elements of a : nostalgia-inducing moments (hearing the songs from Fate that turned me from a casual fan to an all-time favorite), sing-alongs (“Nellie” and “Shadow People”) and a welcoming and cheery spirit that resonated into the ether from the dudes onstage. Here’s hoping we can do it all again next summer.

: Dr. Dog at Filene Center, The Trap || Friday, June 22, 2018

Listening In
Where’d All The Time Go?
The Breeze
Under The Wheels
Heart It
Buzzing in the Light
How Long Must I Wait
That Old Black
Army of Ancients
Go Out Fighting
Army of Ancients
Shadow People

Broken Heart
Coming Out of
The Ark
Jackie Wants a Black Eye

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