Rounding up the best and brightest of Governors Ball 2015

Governors' Ball | Photo by Rachel Barrish
Governors Ball | Photo by Rachel Barrish

The annual Governors Ball festival is held at Randall’s Island in New York, wedged in between Upper Manhattan and Queens. The rain trickled down on Friday but that didn’t stop the ticket holders from trekking through to make it over for their favorite acts, most especially Philly’s The Districts who started off the fest Friday afternoon at 12:15. A bit too early for most, one would think, but they ripped through their set with a medium sized but lively crowd cheering along to the words of “Young Blood.” Continue reading →


Remembering Jerry Garcia with The War on Drugs

Jerry Garcia 69346-7 The Grateful Dead’s spiritual leader Jerry Garica passed away this day in 1995. Last week we paid tribute Garcia on his birthday with a selection of videos from various Philly gigs he did with the Dead and the Jerry Garcia Band. Relix recently announced a Grateful Dead tribute:

Members of Vampire Weekend, The War on Drugs, Bon Iver, The Walkmen and Kurt Vile & the Violators are expected to participate in The National’s upcoming Grateful Dead tribute album. As previously reported, the Ohio-bred, New York-based indie band are working on an all-star, indie-leaning Grateful Dead tribute album in the coming months. The National’s twin guitarists Aaron and Bryce Dessner will curate the album, which will benefit Red Hot, an international organization dedicated to fighting AIDS through pop culture. The National’s rhythm section, Bryan and Scott Devendorf, who claim to be the band’s bigger Deadheads, will ghost curate the project.

Below, watch The War On Drugs perform “Touch Of Grey” from a show they performed at the Bowery Ballroom in December, 2011.


Walkmen show at the Electric Factory on Saturday October 6th cancelled

The Walkmen show at the Electric Factory on Saturday, October 6th has been cancelled. Last night on the band’s Facebook they said: “we are going to have to cancel our show at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia on October 6th for some dumb reason. We’ll be back there soon to make it up.” That said, here’s some additional information from the band:

Due to personal reasons we will be canceling our show on October 6th in Philadelphia. We apologize and hope to make it up to you soon! You may receive a full refund at your point of purchase. For online purchases via Ticketmaster you will be automatically refunded within 1-2 business days. Should you have any problems you may contact Ticketmaster customer service at 1-800-745-3000.

War On Drugs, who were scheduled to open the show, weighed in on their twitter @warondrugsjams: “Really disappointed that our Philly show with @TheWalkmen has been cancelled. Definitely not our decision. We’ll make it up to you xoxo”


Tonight’s Concert Picks: My Morning Jacket w/ Band of Horses at the Mann, Ape School LP release show at Johnny Brenda’s, MilkBoy Anniversary w/ GANG and Chill Moody at Milkboy, and Algeron Cadwallader w/ Kite Party at First Unitarian

Tonight XPN welcomes My Morning Jacket with special guests Band of Horses to the Mann Center for a rockin’ all-ages event. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $29.50 to $48.50 and can be purchased here.

Philly musician Michael Johnson’s solo project, Ape School, is celebrating the release of their new LP, Junior Violence, tonight with a show at Johnny Brenda’s. The 21+ event features performance by Norwegian Arms, Jeff Zeigler & Mary Lattimore, Laser Background, and Adam & Dave of The War on Drugs will be DJing throughout the night. Doors for the 21+ show open at 8PM and the show starts at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are available here for $10.

Looking to hear some free music tonight? Head on over to MilkBoy for their One-Year Anniversary Show featuring GANG, Johnny Showcase, The Lawsuits and Chill Moody. Doors for the 21+ show open at 8:30PM and the show starts at 9:30 p.m. Watch the video for GANG’s song “Why Can’t You Just Be” below.

Algernon Cadwallader are playing First Unitarian Church tonight with Joyce Manor, Tigers Jaw, and Kite Party for a night of sweaty pop-punk. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here for $10. Below, check out Algernon Cadwallader’s song “Springing Leaks” from the album Parrot Flies.


XPoNential Fest: The War on Drugs play all the favorites at the River Stage

Four years ago one of Philadelphia’s emerging bands, The War on Drugs, played at our XPoNential Festival. Today they joined us again, on the River Stage along the water, with more bump for your umph. The crowd was roaring to go as Adam Granduciel sang his way into our hearts, with tunes such as the electrically vibrant “Come to Our City” and the classic rock-esque, “Brothers.” They ended the set with “Baby Missiles” and dedicated it to XPN’s Bruce Warren. You’ll find the setlist after the jump, and a slideshow above. And check back to hear the full performance audio. Continue reading →


My Morning Download: “Brothers” by Adam Granduciel of The War On Drugs

Photo by Graham Tolbert

The War On Drugs are performing this summer at WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival and they are also performing tomorrow evening, Thursday, May 15th, at World Cafe Live as part of this year’s Non-COMMvention broadcasts. The War On Drugs perform on the NPR Music Stage featuring Polica, Father John Misty and Beth Orton. The complete schedule of broadcasts, starting with tonight’s Key Studio Session with Graham Alexander and Find Vienna followed by Grace Potter and The Nocturnals is here. Lead singer and guitarist of The War On Drugs, Adam Granduciel, did a Key Studio Session last August that you can listen to here. During the acoustic session Adam performed a version of “Brothers” from the band’s recent album Slave Ambient. Download the song below.


Kurt Vile, War On Drugs and Mister Heavenly make Paste Magazine’s Top 50 Best Albums of 2011 list

 Congrats to Kurt Vile, War on Drugs and Mister Heavenly for making the Paste Magazine Top 50 Best Albums of 2011 list. Vile’s Smoke Ring For My Halo came in at #44; Slave Ambient by War On Drugs was #37 and Mister Heavenly’s Out Of Love came in at #36. You can read the entire list here. Download some songs below, including an acoustic version of “Brothers” that War On Drugs’ lead singer and guitarist Adam Granduciel recorded for a Key Studio Session last August.