Silly-Sad Chamber Pop from Portland, OR

Dr. Something

Contact: Alison Dennis

drsomethingmusic “at”

Dr. Something Full Band June 2018

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“[A]n indie bedroom/garage recording project that has the bombast and sentimentality of musical theater, but also the deliberate lyrical strangeness and unsettling vibe of art rock.” – Matthew Perpetua on Fluxblog

“[D]eeply sad and deeply beautiful and deeply hilarious” – Laser Malena-Webber of The Doubleclicks

“Alison Dennis manages to make keys, clarinet, drums and vocals sound like a raucous orchestra in full swagger. Her theatrical bent and mastery of the counterpoint prove both innovative and playful and really, really shouldn’t be glossed over.” – Jacob An Kittenplan on Cassette Gods

“Atmospheric in every sense of the word, Dr. Something’s minimalist chamber folk pop takes on strange artistic sensibilities with aural novelty mixed with a slight cat-crazy Tumblr aesthetic.” – The Deli Portland

“The inventiveness of the composition and arrangements delights on every track.” – Matt Dinaro of Rock and Roll Portland

Music Links:

Dr. Something’s music is available on Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon.

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The project of longtime Portland songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Alison Dennis, Dr. Something uses imaginative instrumental and vocal textures alongside humorous, emotionally trenchant lyrics to create engaging chamber pop that blurs the line between art and novelty. Filling out the band’s sound are dynamic drummer Michael Wilding, intrepid bass guitarist Jacob Anderson and, on special occasions, the back-up singing, go-go dancing sensations Amy Baxter, Erika Garlock and Christie Welsh.

Dr. Something’s upcoming release, The Transit Suite, is a series of musical vignettes inspired by Portland-area transit centers. Featuring woodwinds, piano, guitar, bass, vocal harmonies, drums and violins, it’s a miniature symphony about everyday banality, unexpected social intersections, climate change, and the importance of public space. RIYL: Nellie McKay, John Grant, Belle & Sebastian, The Zombies


The Transit Suite Cover Art, Painting by Josh Gates