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 →
Philly rock band The War on Drugs has picked up some serious momentum in their career recently. They’ve had their first number one single with the track “Pain” from their Grammy nominated album A Deeper Understanding. The band has been around for over 10 years, and are now riding the triumphant underdog wave.
They recently had the opportunity to perform “Pain” on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, and although the song is full of somber lyrics and frustration, the rich, layered, arrangement and midtempo pace sounds slightly positive, like the soundtrack to a montage about someone’s life, or the like the song that plays at the satisfying end of an artful indie film. The significance of the stage didn’t seem to faze anyone, as they performed with the mellowed confidence of true rock veterans. Continue reading →
The latest compilation of live performances from NPR’s World Cafe is available this spring to XPN members — and it’s a fantastic collection.
Ranging from rock and folk vets Bob Weir, Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul, and Suzanne Vega to new voices Maggie Rogers, Sweet Spirit, and Phoebe Bridgers, Philly rooted artists The Districts, The War on Drugs, and Waxahatchee, Live at the World Cafe Vol. 43 is an expansive release. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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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