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From David Gray to The War on Drugs: Dan & Dan Music Podcast talks artist development with A&R vet Steve Ralbovsky

David Gray | photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN
David Gray | photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN

Meet Dan and Dan! Dan Reed, Music Director and Afternoon Host at WXPN/Philadelphia and Dan DeLuca, Music Critic and Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer sit down on a bi-weekly basis to talk MUSIC!

It’s part 2 of our conversation with Canvasback Music found Steve Ralbovsky, and this time in person! Steve took the trip to Philadelphia to continue the conversation about the role of a modern-day A&R person in the music industry. Steve gives some insightful advice for young bands and shares unique stories about some of the talented artists he has worked with over his career including Joe Henry and David Gray. Also, the Dan’s remember the late Gord Downie, frontman of the Tragically Hip, and pick new ‘Songs of the Week’. Continue reading →

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The War On Drugs hit new emotional depths in “Nothing To Find” video

The War on Drugs | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

On first listen, the most noticeable thing about The War On Drugs“Nothing To Find” from recent album A Deeper Understanding is its sunny, classic rock-inspired sheen. With that lighthearted tone in mind, the song’s new music video, out now, may catch you off guard with its touching emotional depth. Continue reading →

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Watch The War on Drugs cover Neil Young in Toronto

The War on Drugs | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

When in Toronto, cover Neil Young. At least, that must’ve been what The War on Drugs were thinking when they paid tribute to the legendary Young in his hometown with a rendition of “Like A Hurricane.” Lucky for us, the moment was captured on video, which you can watch below. Continue reading →

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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 →