Revisit The War on Drugs’ Free at Noon set, hear them on World Cafe today

photo by Rachel Del Sordo
photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Last month, Philly space rock heroes The War on Drugs played their very first show in support of the acclaimed new album Lost in the Dream at WXPN’s Free at Noon concert. Today, some of those songs will show up in the band’s World Cafe interview with David Dye – which you can tune in to here at 2 p.m. ET. Below, get psyched by listening to the entire Free at Noon set, and perusing an album of photos from the show. The War on Drugs return to Philly on May 31st to play the Roots Picnic; tickets and info on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.


Download The War On Drugs’ cover of John Lennon’s “Mind Games”

Photo by Kate McCann |!/HOME
Photo by Kate McCann |

Philly’s The War On Drugs released their new album, Lost In The Dream, on March 18th and kicked off their tour in Philly at Union Transfer. After their Philly, WOD played three sold out shows in New York at the Bowery Ballroom. Two of the shows were recorded by NYCTaper. You can download them here. The second night of their New York stint, the band did a smoking cover of John Lennon’s “Mind Games,” that you can download below. The War On Drugs return to Philly on Saturday, May 31st for The Roots Picnic.


War On Drugs transcended guitar greatness at Union Transfer (photo recap)

Photo by Kate McCann |!/HOME
Photo by Kate McCann |!/HOME

Tuesday was record release day for one of our very favorite Philly bands, War On Drugs. They released their new album, Lost In The Dream to an 8.8 out of 20 Best New Music rating from Pitchfork. Writer Stuart Berman called the album, War On Drugs’ “most lustrous, intricately detailed, and beautifully rendered record to date.” No disagreement here. The latest album by singer-songwriter and lead guitarist Adam Granduciel and company was on transcendent display last night at Union Transfer when they kicked off their opening night tour in front of a jubilant sold out hometown crowd. You can listen to a stream of the show here, and check out our photo recap of the show below. Photos by Kate McCann.


Lost in the thick haze of glorious rock and roll: stream last night’s War On Drugs Union Transfer show

photo by Rachel Del Sordo
photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Last night at Union Transfer, Philly’s War On Drugs celebrated yesterday’s release of their new album, Lost In The Dream. A sold out hometown crowd welcomed the band with open arms and high spirits to see the band to play for an hour and 45 minutes. Lost In The Dream is War On Drug’s best album yet and live, new material like “Under The Pressure,” “Red Eyes,” and “An Ocean In Between The Waves,” were transcendent. Fueled by Adam Granduciel’s exceptional guitar playing, drummer Charlie Hall’s driving Mick Fleetwood-esque drumming, bassist Dave Hartley’s rock steady bottom, and Robbie Bennett’s colorful keyboard playing, the band were augmented with additional players on guitar and saxophone. Below, via Phila Taper stream the band’s entire show.

Set list (via
Under the Pressure
Red Eyes
I Was There
An Ocean In Between The Waves
Eyes to the Wind
Baby Missiles
Brothers (with Kurt Vile)
Lost In The Dream
In Reverse
Comin’ Through
Black Water Falls


Watch The War on Drugs rip through “The Ties That Bind” by Bruce Springsteen

The War On Drugs | Photo by John Vettese
The War On Drugs | Photo by John Vettese

It’s been a while since The War on Drugs played a hometown show.  A long while.  After the release of 2011′s Slave Ambient and before seeking refuge in the tranquil hills of Asheville, NC and the stimulating streets of New York City last year to work on new material, front man Adam Granduciel led his band through two sell-out nights at Johnny Brenda’s to ring in 2013.

Now with those shows and that album set firmly behind them, The War on Drugs are on the threshold of a new chapter with Lost in the Dream, which comes out next Tuesday.  The release will be accompanied by the band’s largest hometown headlining show to date with XPN welcoming them to Union Transfer that same night, preceeded by an already sold-out Free at Noon concert taking place tomorrow.

Before all of that happens, though, take a look back at videos of their last Philadelphia appearance, including a crowd-rapturing cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ties That Bind,” captured by local concert videographer Pillgrim’s Progress.  Tickets are still available for the all-ages show at Union Transfer on March 18th and can be found here.  Tune into to tomorrow’s Free at Noon live on 88.5 XPN or online.

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Check out The War on Drugs’ new Lost in the Dream via NPR Music First Listen

LostInTheDreamPhiladelphia space rock heroes The War on Drugs release their latest LP, Lost in the Dream, next Tuesday via Secretly Canadian Records, and they’ll join us this Friday March 14th for a Free at Noon performance at World Cafe Live (RSVP here). The album is streaming in its entirety a week out from its release date via NPR Music’s first listen, and while it’s filled with gorgeous soundscaping and atmospheres, Dream has some depth to it, as NPR Music’s Jacob Ganz points out:

This is highly emotional rock that reads as low-stakes at first. It’s evocative and pleasant if you let it float by in the background, but it’s made with hooks that sink in deep if you give yourself over.

Listen to Lost in the Dream here, and stream the single “Red Eyes” below.


What’s it take to win The War on Drugs talent show? Find out in the “Red Eyes” video.

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 11.22.39 AMPhilly space rockers The War on Drugs are often seen as unsmiling, super-serious vibe-wranglers. But they’re actually pretty funny dudes.

When they’re not getting the candid long-form profile treatment in Grantland or crafting records full of dramatic atmospheres (Lost in the Dream, their latest, comes out on Secretly Canadian on the 18th), they let their sense of humor shine through now and again. There was the hysterical and beer-addled “How to End an Argument” interview on Noisey a year and a half ago. There was the band’s basketball banter on ESPN. And now there’s this music video for “Red Eyes.”

Produced by local video crew Woodshop Films, the playful-as-heck video finds WoD-ers Robbie Bennett, Adam Granduciel, Charlie Hall and David Hartley sitting on the judges’ panel of a Gong Show-esque talent competition. The watch, nonplussed, as a magician fumbles cards, a hula-hooper dances, a sad clown stands there all sad, and a few other things before one young competitor steps to the stage and blows them away. Check it out below. War on Drugs headline Union Transfer on their album release day, March 18th. Get tickets and more information at the XPN Concert Calendar.