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The War On Drugs’ Charlie Hall talks cocktails with Philly food and drink expert Drew Lazor

Charlie Hall | Photo by Dylan and Jeni | via Punch

The War On Drugs took over the world two years ago with their insanely great Lost In The Dream record and a lengthy tour, but they’ve been relatively quiet recently (minus the also insanely great Grateful Dead cover that was released last month.) During his own personal downtime, TWOD drummer Charlie Hall sat down with Punch‘s Drew Lazor to talk about booze, touring, music, and more booze. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Songs of the Week: The War On Drugs, Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis cover the Grateful Dead

Photo by Kate McCann | http://katemccannphotography.com/index2.php#!/HOME
The War on Drugs | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN

A highly anticipated collection of covers of Grateful Dead songs, Day Of The Dead, is being released on May 20th. Curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, the all-star collection features 59 songs, with contributions by The Lone Bellow, Jim James, Wilco, the Flaming Lips, Mumford and Sons, Kurt Vile, Lucius, Lucinda Williams, Bela Fleck and many others. Continue reading →

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Listen to The War On Drugs covering “Touch Of Grey,” Courtney Barnett covering “New Speedway Boogie” and more from The National’s Grateful Dead tribute comp

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

Confession: I’ve never considered myself a “Deadhead.” Every once in a while when I was growing up, my dad would play “Friend of the Devil” or “Brokedown Palace” (pretty much just American Beauty). I’ve always enjoyed their music, but I’ve really only scratched the surface when it comes to their immense catalogue of live recordings, Dick’s Picks, and journeys into psychedelia.

But when it comes to songwriting and capturing the American experience, The Grateful Dead really were one of the greatest bands of the past 50 years. The National knows this, and apparently 58 other hugely successful bands and musicians do as well. That’s why the Dessner’s (Bryce & Aaron of The National) have assembled the outrageously massive Day Of The Dead tribute compilation, which features everyone from Bruce Hornsby to Wilco, Philly’s The War on Drugs to Bob Weir himself covering classic Dead tunes from their earliest stages up until present day. Continue reading →

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The National complete all-star Grateful Dead tribute with Courtney Barnett, Wilco and more

Courtney Barnett | Photo By Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Courtney Barnett | Photo By Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

After several years of working on a benefit compilation of Grateful Dead covers, The National have announced the track list and contributors of their Day of the Dead box-set. The 59-song album is the second all-star project members of The National have put together for AIDS organization Red Hot, following up 2009’s Dark Was the Night.

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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 →