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 →
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…
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 →
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 release for this past Saturday’s Record Store Day, released as a special 12-inch double sided single. Continue reading →
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…
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 →
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.
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 →