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Somebody please make a GIF out of Adam Granduciel of The War on Drugs smashing his guitar at Treasure Island Festival

The War on Drugs | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com
The War on Drugs | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

So this is what happens when you sign to Atlantic Records? You start taking the stage at major festivals, getting a bit nervy and wrecking your guitars? Kidding aside, take a look at this awesome video we recently came across of The War on Drugs playing Treasure Island Festival in San Francisco earlier this month. As a particularly epic space-out of “Under the Pressure” reaches a climax, we see frontman Adam Granduciel lift his Fender Jag off his shoulders and hurl it, headstock down, to the floor of the stage. I mean, it was more akin to a mic drop than outright instrument destruction but, you know, it’s pretty badass. Watch the entire view below or cue up to 2:25 for the awesome part. Thank goodness it wasn’t a DiPinto. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Watch Dawes perform on David Letterman, Grateful Dead’s last concerts will be on pay-per-view, & Bonnaroo reveals schedule.

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“Dawes is pretty much all you need in a rock ‘n’ roll band.”

The words of David Letterman in regards to one of his favorite bands, Dawes who performed on The Late Show with David Letterman last night. Watch Dawes (who will perform at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru) sing “Things Happen” from their forthcoming 4th album, “All your Favorite Bands,” due out in June. Continue reading →

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Watch The War on Drugs make their daytime TV debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

The War on Drugs | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com
The War on Drugs | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

We’ve watched hometown heroes The War on Drugs rock various late night performances, like in July when they performed on the Late Show with David Letterman alongside Letterman’s house band leader Paul Schaffer, or in January when they performed “An Ocean in Between the Waves” for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, or just this month when they graced Jimmy Kimmel Live.

But yesterday marked their daytime television debut, as they took on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and played an awesome performance of the daydreamy “Red Eyes.”  Continue reading →

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The War on Drugs blissed out The Tower for their biggest hometown show to date

vThe War on Drugs | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com
vThe War on Drugs | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

War on Drugs shows becoming a major event is a trend I can get behind. Last night, the Philly psych-rock favorites kicked off their winter tour by headlining the Tower Theater – their biggest-ever hometown show, preceding a run through the largest U.S. venues they’ve played to date.

It was the sixth time I’ve seen them perform and, like every other time, just when I think they can’t get more exciting, they up the ante. Continue reading →