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While creating the music for Shabang, Scott McMicken started tuning his guitars down a step and a half. The sonic territory brought new inspiration, but so did the feel of the slack strings.

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The Dr. Dog co-founder’s first solo outing, Shabang, is a jangly, improvisatory adventure that deepens his relationship to his main instrument—even if it means sometimes stepping back from it.

Experimentation comes in many forms. For Scott McMicken—co-founder, guitarist, singer, and songwriter for the jammy indie septet Dr. Dog—recording his solo debut was an opportunity to try something new. Something outrageous. The experiment? To not play guitar.

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