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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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The War on Drugs at Tower Theatre, Torche at Underground Arts, Lite at Boot & Saddle and more…

The War on Drugs
The War on Drugs | photo via Facebook

The War on Drugs make a hometown appearance tonight at the Tower Theatre to kick off a spring tour. The local-turned-national band continues to play in support of last year’s Lost In the Dream, a record that landed at the top of many year-end lists. It took 2011′s Slave Ambient and expanded on the introspective, layered dream rock in a cinematic and transcendent way. Follow along with the band’s banner year here and watch them perform “Red Eyes” live in Barcelona below. Tickets and information for tonight’s all ages show can be found here.

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The War on Drugs and Hop Along will tour together this spring

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The War on Drugs photo by Mark Schaffer | Hop Along photo by Rachel Barrish

We love seeing our favorite Philly musicians come together. This afternoon, The War on Drugs announced a stretch of spring U.S. tour dates in support of its universally acclaimed 2014 LP Lost in the Dream, and joining them for a two-week run is Hop Along, who’s poised to release its latest record via Saddle Creek this spring. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Bruce Warren’s Best of Philly Music 2014

Amanda X: Tiff Yoon, Cat Park, Kat Bean | Photo by Peter Murray | petermurrayphotography.com
Amanda X: Tiff Yoon, Cat Park, Kat Bean | Photo by Peter Murray | petermurrayphotography.com

Year-End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2014 awesome. In this installment, XPN Program Director Bruce Warren weighs in on the 2014 Philly music scene.

We thought 2013 was a fantastic year for the Philly music scene, however 2014 proved to be even better. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Bruce Warren’s 5 favorite albums of the year

Field Report | Photo by Brittany Salerno
Field Report | Photo by Brittany Salerno

Year-End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2014 awesome. In this installment, XPN program director Bruce Warren shares his favorite albums of the year.

There’s always this internal debate I have with myself about year-end lists, and it’s always this battle between whether I should go with “best” or “favorite.” “Best” is usually saved for the “critics;” which is not to say I am one or not. I’ll leave it to the Pitchforks, the New York Times and the Robert Christgaus of the world to attach some higher level of artistic and cultural significance and importance to records.

But in so many ways, I am a critic. I just don’t use big words. Music is “best” when it has singular appeal to anyone who wants to say “this is the best album of the year,” or “this album is one of the top five albums of the year.” You see, everyone’s right and everyone’s wrong when it comes to what “the best” is. When it comes to my albums of the year, I typically list the records that are my favorite. Are they the best? Sure they are; to me anyway. And if for some reason some of my favorites hit the critics year end polls as “the best” (in a music critic kind of way) then I guess I get bonus points. So here they are: My favorite five albums that entered into my musical universe in 2014. Continue reading →