Rising out of a city racked with strip malls and commercial real estate are Everett, Washington’s The Moondoggies, an unlikely diamond in the rough found in the suburban landscape. Bandmates Kevin Murphy, Robert Terreberry, Carl Dahlen, and Caleb Quick have been playing together since they were teenagers and now, while barely yet in their mid-twenties, play soulful rock fronted by Murphy’s lyrics. Their album Don’t Be a Stranger, from Seattle’s Hardly Art, has been getting regular airplay on KEXP since its release and is now earning approving nods from such heavyweights as Rolling Stone — and it’s only their debut!
Easily categorized as “Americana,” The Moondoggies marry alt-country with 1970’s folk, but Quick’s twinkling keyboard brings the band immediately into the 21st century. The Moondoggies will bring their rootsy Northwest stylings to CMJ for the Brooklyn Vegan party at Pianos tomorrow and then at Mercury Lounge that night. Back in Seattle, they’ll be at the Showbox on November 28 with Jesses Sykes and the Sweethereafter and Star Anna.