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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Thinking of a Place” by The War On Drugs

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

Last Friday, The War On Drugs returned with their first new original song since 2014’s Lost In The Dream. We last heard from them on last year’s massive Grateful Dead tribute collection Day of The Dead with their cover of “Touch Of Grey.”

“Thinking of a Place” was a special released for this past Saturday’s Record Store Day, released as a special 12-inch double sided single. Continue reading →

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Star Stuff: Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 LIVE on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 | Photo by Lucky Banks Kenny, courtesy of the artist

You’re in for a real doozy of an Indie Rock Hit Parade tonight, friends! Listen at 11pm ET on WXPN, not too long after Making Time RADio with Dave P, for a full two-hour show that has special things galore. First up is a new IRHP Live Studio Session, as Chaz Bundick (Toro Y Moi) and the Mattson 2 perform selections from their new collaboration, Star Stuff. The album is a mind-expanding collection of psychedelic rock, electronica, jazz and just about everything else the trio can throw together. Don’t miss these three virtuosos battling it out in our studio!

In the midnight hour, we’ll preview a few Record Store Day releases, including reissues of classic albums by Luna and The Sundays, plus an epic new track from The War On Drugs. Preview some of the new things you’ll hear in the mix below…

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The War on Drugs will release a new song, “Thinking of a Place,” on Record Store Day

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

Since announcing their new home at Atlantic Records back in 2015, we’ve been waiting with baited breath for new music from The War on Drugs. And waiting, and waiting. And today, we have finally have some news: the band’s first song since 2014’s acclaimed Lost In The Dream LP will be called “Thinking Of A Place,” and it comes out on Record Store Day. Continue reading →

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Passionate percussionist Charlie Hall to appear at Philly Drum Project’s “Beats, Brews, and Banter”

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Charlie Hall | photo courtesy of the artist

Percussion collective Philly Drum Project announced this months Beats, Brews, and Banter, a free event with the goal of connecting Philly musicians in a safe environment to share ideas and network. Set to take place this Friday (November 4th) at the grand opening of Philly’s brand new drum shop Philadelphia Drum & Percussion, the event’s special guest is none other than The War on Drugs’ own beat machine Charlie Hall.

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Purling Hiss’ Mike Polizze talks about the band’s career-culminating new album High Bias

Purling Hiss Photographed by Constance Mensh
Purling Hiss Photographed by Constance Mensh

The whir and steady crackle of coffee grinders hard at work fill Higher Grounds, a small trendy coffee shop in Northern Liberties. It is the kind of place that revels in its unique blend of styles. The flea market seating, the posters and paintings and art pieces whose only discernible style is a difficult to define panache. It has a confidence and intentionality that resists coming off as anything but genuine and patiently accumulated through years of collection. Sitting across from me towards the back of the shop is Mike Polizze, front man and songwriter for Purling Hiss, whose aesthetic, and brand new album High Bias due out October 14, feel equally as earned. Continue reading →

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Why is The War on Drugs’ Anthony LaMarca selling his guitar?

Anthony LaMarca | photo by Lisa Businovski | courtesy of the artist
Anthony LaMarca | photo by Lisa Businovski | courtesy of the artist

Many musicians scan the likes of Craigslist on a daily basis, seeing what kinds of instruments and gear pop up around their city. For musicians in the Youngstown, Ohio, area, one 1969 Fender Jaguar stands out. And it’s not just because of it’s worn, vintage beauty.

It’s because it belongs to War on Drugs guitarist/keyboardist Anthony LaMarca. LaMarca plans to donate all of the money received from the guitar to those affected by Multiple Myeloma, a form of bone marrow cancer that he has been receiving treatment for. The idea to donate his own possessions came from a chance phone call he received. Continue reading →

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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

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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 →