Dr. Danny – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Upstairs – Philadelphia, PA – December 28th, 2018

Dr. Danny


Dr. Danny

Stoops, Laser Background

Fri · December 28, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs



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Dr. Danny
Dr. Danny
While mastering timeless songwriting is a lifelong pursuit for most, Dr Danny seems to have a solid grasp on the concept at just 21 years old.

Danny Ayala was born on Long Island, NY. He began his musical journey, well intentioned but somewhat against his will, when his grandmother enrolled him in piano lessons at the age of 6. He stuck with it and quickly progressed into a prodigious talent.

Danny’s musical world opened up at an elementary school talent show, where he crossed paths with two other musical youngsters - The D’Addario brothers, Brian and Michael. Recognizing Danny’s skills, they quickly began making music together. For the last 10 years they’ve been a musical family, with Danny joining as a live member when they became The Lemon Twigs. The D’Addario's now make up the studio band for his Dr Danny project, with Brian handling production and mixing duties.

Danny’s debut EP, “Lay It On Me Straight”, was released in June 2017. His song “Fly Me Back In Time” was named “Top 50 of 2017” by Bob Boilen of NPR. He is currently working on a full length album for 2019.
Philadelphia doo-wop
Laser Background
For the better part of the past decade, Andy Molholt has been creating music as Laser Background. With each release, Molholt has come closer and closer to a unified vision, a musical explanation of how he sees the world. With his new LP, he has come closer than ever before, and titled the result Dark Nuclear Bogs. Originally conceptualized while thinking up anagrams of Laser Background in order to play a secret show, Dark Nuclear Bogs is the classic ‘self-titled LP as mission statement’ flipped on its head, seen from the unique, kaleidoscopic perspective that Laser Background is known for.

Dark Nuclear Bogs was recorded in a friend’s house on a man-made reservoir north of Atlanta with Carlos Hernandez and Julian Fader of Ava Luna. The houses’ décor, unchanged since the previous tenant left in the 1970s, provided a perfect environment for the trio to cut the songs live to tape, and the relative seclusion of the lake allowed them to record whenever inspiration struck. As a result, different songs feel attached to different times of day. The opening track “Mostly Water” (written during a period of self-induced sleep deprivation) sounds like an unwelcome, hung-over morning where wanderlust overtakes common sense, and the raucous “Slubberdeguillion” (which takes its name from an Olde English word meaning ‘worthless person’) acts as the sloppy, self-destructive all-nighter that precedes it. In this song, Molholt pitches his vocals up two octaves and wonders out loud. “Why even bother to take a shower if you’re going to get dirty?”

Formed after the demise of Molholt’s band The Armchairs, Laser Background began as an attempt to put the stranger, more psychedelic psychedelic aspects of childhood into music, and as an exploration of what effects childhood has on the rest of human life. 2012’s Laser Background EP and 2013’s Super Future Montage delved into these ideas, and even as the childlike aspects of the band drifted away on 2016’s Correct, the big questions remained. Questions we ask ourselves when we are young, and never quite find the answers to. Questions like “How does one deal with trauma?” and “How does one know when to let someone go?” Dark Nuclear Bogs feels like the logical conclusion to the ideas on which Laser Background has based its foundation.

bio by Dominic Angelella
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104