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Easygoing Vibes, Explosive Force: The War on Drugs makes a powerful homecoming at The Dell for a good cause

The War on Drugs | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

When it was announced that Connor Barwin’s fourth annual Make The World Better Foundation fundraising concert was being held at the Dell Music Center and that The War On Drugs would headline, questions arose. For some, the question was “What the heck is The Dell?” and for those familiar with the city-run venue in Fairmount, the question was “Why The Dell?” The answer to the latter is that the venue is looking to throw in an occasional rock or country band to their normal summer mix of funk, R&B and soul music. Based on the crowd who entered The Dell “ooh”ing “ahh”ing, the venue most likely will not have trouble filling seats for these outlier acts. Continue reading →

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Listen to The War on Drugs’ Charlie Hall and Dave Hartley guest DJ on WXPN

Charlie Hall and Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs | photo by Bruce Warren for WXPN

This afternoon, the rhythm section of Philly space rock heroes The War on Drugs — drummer Charlie Hall and bassist Dave Hartley — spent an hour and change hanging out on the WXPN airwaves and guest DJing with Program Director Bruce Warren.

Hall and Hartley played hits from Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson, deep cuts from The Blue Nile and Arthur Russell, a Steely Dan classic into a cover of Steely Dan and more. Continue reading →

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Listen to The War On Drugs’ new single “Pain” from A Deeper Understanding

The War on Drugs | photo by Dustin Condren | courtesy of the artist
The War on Drugs | photo by Dustin Condren | courtesy of the artist

Ahead of the upcoming August 25th release of their fourth studio album A Deeper Understanding, The War On Drugs have released a slew of singles that have already raised the bar from their excellent 2014 record Lost in the Dream, and the recent release of “Pain” is no exception. Spanning the epic “Thinking of a Place” to poppy “Holding On” to slow-burning “Strangest Thing,” the Philadelphia outfit has shown that while they definitely remain inside their indie space-rock box that box has gotten much, much bigger. Continue reading →

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Listen to The War on Drugs’ new slow-burner “Strangest Thing”

The War on Drugs | photo by Dustin Condren | courtesy of the artist
The War on Drugs | photo by Dustin Condren | courtesy of the artist

The War on Drugs new album A Deeper Understanding is quickly approaching — just about a month away to be (kind of) exact. But this doesn’t mean we can’t be spoiled to more sneak peeks before then. Joining the lineup of singles “Thinking of a Place” and “Holding On” is the recently shared track, “Strangest Thing.” Continue reading →

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Watch The War on Drugs’ heartwarming new video for “Holding On”

The War on Drugs | photo by Dustin Condren | courtesy of the artist
The War on Drugs | photo by Dustin Condren | courtesy of the artist

With news feeds constantly chocked full of horrible events and somber information, it can be easy to forget the good in life. Like real, wholesome, simple kindness. Don’t get me wrong, it’s incredibly important to stay informed and involved in the not-so-feel-good news, but every once in a while, in the name of sanity, it’s vital to remind yourself of how people can just be awesome human beings to one another.

The War on Drugs provide this much-needed breath of fresh air to you today in the form of a music video for their single, “Holding On.” And all I can say is, my heart. Under filmmaker, Brett Haley’s direction, this beautiful video feels more like a short film, which follows an older widowed man through an unexpected day of sweet and simple encounters. Continue reading →

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The War on Drugs’ new album will be called A Deeper Understanding; listen to “Holding On”

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After teasing us on Record Store Day with the 11-minute stunner “Thinking of a Place,” Philly space rock heroes The War on Drugs are back with another new song — a very poppy one, this time — and details on the new record, their first since 2014’s Lost in the Dream.

The album will be called A Deeper Understanding and it comes out on August 25th via Atlantic Records. That’s the album cover above (with its very White Light / White Heat lettering scheme) and the new song “Holding On” is below. Continue reading →

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Too Much Pleasure: New Feist, Sylvan Esso, The Black Angels on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Feist | still from the “Pleasure” video

This week and last have seen so many new album releases that I feel it’s proper to declare tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade as Revenge of the Night of Far Too Many New Albums! Listen for a full two-hour show starting at 11pm ET on WXPN (that’s right after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake, okay?) for loads of album spotlights and scattered new tracks. We’ll dig into long-awaited new releases from Feist and Sylvan Esso, plus new albums from The Black Angels and The New Year that shouldn’t fly under your radar. Also in the mix we’ll hear new tracks from Philly experimentalists Palm and Sonic Youth legend Thurston Moore‘s latest solo effort. Preview some of the new stuff below…

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Just Announced: The War on Drugs will make their triumphant return to Philly at The Dell on 9/21

The War on Drugs | photo by Dustin Condren | courtesy of the artist
The War on Drugs | photo by Dustin Condren | courtesy of the artist

The last time we saw Philly space rockers The War on Drugs — like actually saw them — they were holding court in their biggest hometown show to date, in the majestic confines of The Tower Theater.

Since then, they’ve signed to Atlantic Records and spent two years polishing their big label debut. Our first taste of it came last week with the majestic epic “Thinking of a Place,” indicating that the band is solidly into its Wish You Were Here phase, and today we got word on when we’re going to see them next, once again leveling up.

On Thursday, September 21st, the band will kick off its Fall 2017 tour at the Dell Music Center in lovely Fairmount Park East, and tickets are on sale next Friday, May 5th, at 10 a.m. To make it even sweeter — 100% of the show’s proceeds are being donated to Connor Barwin’s Make The World Better Foundation. More information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to “Thinking of a Place” below, and check their full roster of fall dates. Continue reading →