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Listen to The War On Drugs’ session and interview on World Cafe

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The War on Drugs | photo by Emmett Malloy | courtesy of the artist

The War On Drugs‘ newest release, A Deeper Understanding is a masterpiece of epic proportions. It’s possibly the most ambitious project of one of our favorite hometown bands – no song is shorter than four minutes, and all are packed with intricate and deliberate soundscapes, a perfect mixture of fast and slow, heavy and light. It’s the album we’ve been waiting for. The first single they released, “Thinking Of A Place,” clocks in at eleven minutes and still manages to leave the listener wanting more. Continue reading →

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Watch The War on Drugs cover Tom Petty’s “Time To Move On”

The War on Drugs | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philadelphia’s The War on Drugs are the latest to add their voices to a chorus of tributes to the late rock and roller Tom Petty, who passed away Monday at age 66. At an October 5th show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, the band opened the show with a cover of “Time To Move On,” from Petty’s 1994 solo album Wildflowers. Watch fan video of the show below.
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Easygoing Vibes, Explosive Force: The War on Drugs makes a powerful homecoming at The Dell for a good cause

The War on Drugs | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

When it was announced that Connor Barwin’s fourth annual Make The World Better Foundation fundraising concert was being held at the Dell Music Center and that The War On Drugs would headline, questions arose. For some, the question was “What the heck is The Dell?” and for those familiar with the city-run venue in Fairmount, the question was “Why The Dell?” The answer to the latter is that the venue is looking to throw in an occasional rock or country band to their normal summer mix of funk, R&B and soul music. Based on the crowd who entered The Dell “ooh”ing “ahh”ing, the venue most likely will not have trouble filling seats for these outlier acts. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The War on Drugs at The Dell Music Center, Full Bush at Kung Fu Necktie, Graham Nash at Sherman Theater

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The War on Drugs | photo by Emmett Malloy | courtesy of the artist

Tonight, Philly psych rock heroes The War on Drugs will play their first hometown show in two and a half years at the Dell Music Center in support of their fantastic new record, A Deeper Understanding. If that’s not enough reason to get you out to Fairmount Park East on a Thursday night, the concert is a benefit for Connor Barwin’s Make The World Better foundation, which has been rehabbing parks and playground across the city since 2014 — their 2017 project will be announced at the concert tonight — and openers Land of Talk put out a fantastic record this year as well, via Saddle Creek. Tickets to the concert are still available, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch the glorious, Philly-shot video for “Pain” below. Continue reading →

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Listen to Connor Barwin talk about The War on Drugs and his Make The World Better Foundation on XPN Local

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Connor Barwin at a MTWB concert | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman

On Thursday, September 21st, the fourth annual Make The World Better Benefit Concert comes to The Dell Music Center, headlined by Philly psych rock heroes The War on Drugs playing their first hometown show in two and a half years.

On this segment from the WXPN Local Show this week, former Philadelphia Eagle Connor Barwin — currently outside linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams — gave us a call to talk about the organization, its mission and vision, and how excited he is about The War on Drugs and their new album A Deeper Understanding. Listen to the segment below; tickets are still available for the concert, more information can be found  here. Continue reading →

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Listen to The War on Drugs’ Charlie Hall and Dave Hartley guest DJ on WXPN

Charlie Hall and Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs | photo by Bruce Warren for WXPN

This afternoon, the rhythm section of Philly space rock heroes The War on Drugs — drummer Charlie Hall and bassist Dave Hartley — spent an hour and change hanging out on the WXPN airwaves and guest DJing with Program Director Bruce Warren.

Hall and Hartley played hits from Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson, deep cuts from The Blue Nile and Arthur Russell, a Steely Dan classic into a cover of Steely Dan and more. Continue reading →

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Listen to The War on Drugs’ new album A Deeper Understanding in full

The War on Drugs’ A Deeper Understanding

The hotly anticipated fourth LP from Philadelphia space-rock faves The War on Drugs, A Deeper Understanding, is out Friday on Atlantic Records. After a months of teasing us with tracks and videos, the new album can be now streamed in full. Dive in below, watch the video for “Pain” and make plans to see the band live at the Dell Music Center on Thursday, September 21st for Connor Barwin’s Make The World Better Foundation benefit concert. For tickets and more information, head to the XPN Concert Calendar.   Continue reading →

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Take a boatride down the Schuylkill in The War On Drugs’ video for “Pain”

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The War on Drugs | photo by Emmett Malloy | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia space rock faves The War on Drugs release their hotly anticipated fourth LP A Deeper Understanding this Friday, on Atlantic Records — and this morning, we bring you another pre-release taste of the record.

As the melancholic “Pain” plays out in the background, we see Adam Granduciel and his bandmates performing in a cargo barge that cruises down the Schuylkill River, intercut with kids on bikes popping wheelies on the Philly streets. Shot by filmmaker Emmett Malloy in glorious black and white, the video is an elegant and timeless depiction of one of our favorite Philly bands still discovering new angles on their hometown a decade into their career. Continue reading →

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Listen to The War on Drugs high-octane album opener “Up All Night”

The War on Drugs | photo by Dustin Condren | courtesy of the artist
The War on Drugs | photo by Dustin Condren | courtesy of the artist

The countdown is on: ten days till Philadelphia space rock jammers The War on Drugs release their fourth long-player, A Deeper Understanding, via Atlantic Records. After several other teaser tracks over the past couple months, the album opener made its way out into the world today, and it is glorious. Continue reading →