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Baby Missiles: Krysten Ritter and The War On Drugs’ Adam Granduciel are going to be parents

Adam Granduciel and Krysten Ritter at the Oscars | photo by Rick Rowell | via Pitchfork

Some joyous Philly-adjacent news to emerge from the red carpet at last night’s Academy Awards: The War on Drugs‘ Adam Granduciel was in attendance alongside his partner of five years, actress Krysten Ritter, and the couple used the appearance to acknowledge that they will, in the not-too-distant future, be parents. Continue reading →

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Watch The War on Drugs cover Tom Petty’s “Straight Into Darkness” with Frances Quinlan, Tim Heidecker, and Jelloman

The War on Drugs at The Tower | still from video

Last night The War on Drugs tied a ribbon on their three-night Drug-Cember to Remember run of Philadelphia shows, showing their hometown some serious holiday love while raising money for Fund for the School District of Philadelphia.

In a treat for the capacity crowd at the Tower, the Drugs dug deep for a Tom Petty cover from his fifth album Long After Dark. Continue reading →

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Best Night: The War on Drugs go deep at Johnny Brenda’s

The War on Drugs | photo by John Vettese

Truly the best time to see your favorite band is the end of a tour cycle. They are locked in, the proverbial well-oiled machine, and they’ve traveled enough distance from their latest release that you’re more likely to hear those old favorites and deep cuts that you’ll never hear at the beginning of a run.

And so it went with opening night of The War on Drugs‘ three-show hometown residency, A Drug-Cember To Remember, which played to a packed house at Johnny Brenda’s last night. Continue reading →

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“A Drug-Cember To Remember”: The War on Drugs are wrapping 2018 with three pop-up Philly shows

The War on Drugs | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

To tie a bow on a tremendous year that included a Grammy win and festival appearances the world around — including a headlining slot at the XPoNential Music Festival — Philly psych rockers The War on Drugs just announced their plan for a hometown, year-end extravaganza at three undisclosed locations. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: The War on Drugs and Sturgill Simpson deliver guitar jams of different sorts at BB&T

The War on Drugs | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

While the night one headliners at #XPNFest were cerebral, experimental and beat-oriented, night two shifted the focus to a rock festival classic: the guitar.

Adam Granduciel of The War on Drugs is a master of instrumental tone and texture, of soundscaping — as well as atmospheric lead licks that transport the band and the crowd to the stratosphere. Sturgill Simpson is more down and dirty, an adherent of country / blues riff rock tradition, but played louder and faster than most of his peers (and heroes). Together, they treated the BB&T Pavilion crowd to expansive jams, but of two very different sorts.

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Recommended Reading: XPNFest headliners the War on Drugs talk to Philly Mag about their sudden rock-star status

The War on Drugs | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Fans of the War on Drugs know that rock isn’t dead. But the long-running band, who never set out to be rock and roll saviors, has ended up as living proof of the genre’s staying power, with a Best Rock Album Grammy for 2017’s A Deeper Understanding and rapidly growing success.

As frontman Adam Granduciel discusses in-depth feature in the newest issue of Philadelphia magazine, these days he continually finds himself navigating what it means to be a rock star in 2018. The L.A.-via-Philly artist tells the magazine, in response to the recent Grammy win which wasn’t part of the award show’s televised broadcast: “There’s always been fluctuations in what is popular, what is commercial, or what is mainstream and what is kind of, like, in the moment.” But if the War on Drugs is what’s in the moment right now, Granduciel seems to be okay with that — and so are we. Continue reading →

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Perfect Imperfection: Ten years later, The War On Drugs’ Wagonwheel Blues is the masterful sound of running on instinct

The War on Drugs, circa 2008 | photo by Travis Newman | via theguardian.com

A tape player winds to a start. Five drum machine hi-hat hits tap out, sequentially. Three notes chime on a glockenspiel. Somebody takes a breath.

These are the most surprising things you’ll hear upon listening to The War on Drugs‘ Wagonwheel Blues ten years after its debut — and they all occur in opening moments of “Arms Like Boulders.” The song abruptly adjusts course into the soaring squeal of a harmonica, fervent acoustic guitar strums, and barreling drums as they converge into an anthem of Kerouacian observations and things felt while driving up California’s arterial highway 101. The lyrics are stream-of-consciousness and pretty far out, but we’ll get to that. For now, let’s consider that non-sequitur patchwork of sounds at the top. It is literally only two seconds long, but it speaks volumes about the band that The War on Drugs was ten years ago and the band it is today. Continue reading →

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Watch The War on Drugs perform “In Chains” on Late Night with Seth Meyers

The War on Drugs | photo courtesy of the artist

Grammy-award winning group The War on Drugs continued their late-night T.V. run in support of Grammy-winning 2017 album A Deeper Understanding, appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night to perform deep cut “In Chains.” The abbreviated performance for T.V. still stretched over 5 minutes, and the band brought the same energy they would at a headlining live show. Continue reading →

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Holy smokes! Philly’s The War on Drugs just won a Grammy.

The War on Drugs | photo by Galea McGregor for WXPN
The War on Drugs | photo by Galea McGregor for WXPN

Instead of saying “Philly’s The War on Drugs,” we’re now able to say “Philly’s Grammy Award-winning The War on Drugs.”

Adam Granduciel and his band of space rock soundscapers just took home the Best Rock Album trophy for their 2017 LP A Deeper Understanding at the 60th annual Grammy Awards, which is taking place this evening at Madison Square Garden in New York. Continue reading →