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This year saw The War On Drugs return with their fourth album A Deeper Understanding, the first for major label Atlantic Records.

We saw them test out a few of the new songs this summer when they played a small show at Bowery Ballroom, which served as a preview for their performances at Central Park Summerstage and Terminal 5 during the album’s proper fall tour.
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The War On Drugs at Bowery Ballroom (June 8, 2017)

By Will Oliver, June 24th 2017 — with 1 comment

The War On Drugs will release their new album A Deeper Understanding (their first for Atlantic Records) on August 25, so they’ve been hard at work doing the rounds of promotion, including a stop at Colbert where they performed current single, “Holding On.” While they were in town they announced a last minute intimate performance at Bowery Ballroom, much smaller than their upcoming show at Central Park.
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On October 7 The War On Drugs played a now very intimate performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg as a part of Jukely’s member only series. The performance came one day ahead of their huge show at Radio City Music Hall, one of their biggest moments as a bad to date for sure. Considering their recent signing to Atlantic Records, and their ever growing popularity, I made sure that I took full advantage at chance to see them play at a club like MHOW in New York City. The stages are only going to keep getting bigger from here on out.

Find some photos from the performance posted below.
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The War On Drugs at Boston Calling 2014

By Will Oliver, September 8th 2014 — with 2 comments

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Going into Boston Calling, one of the sets that I was most excited for was from Philadelphia’s The War On Drugs. I’ve seen them before, but not on their current tour for new album Lost In The Dream, an album which is one of the year’s best for sure (get on it if you haven’t already). Based on every late night performance and live clip I’ve seen online, the group sound like they are in the best form of their career, slaying at a moments notice.
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The War On Drugs – Mind Games (John Lennon Cover)

By Will Oliver, March 25th 2014

The War On Drugs

I was bummed to have missed out on The War On Drugs 3 shows in New York City last week, but that is life. It didn’t help that I just found out that they have been doing a cover of John Lennon’s “Mind Games.”

The always amazing NYC Taper was there at their Bowery Ballroom show on March 20 and got an amazing recording of their performance of the track. Check out their cover below. Read the rest of this entry »

The War On Drugs- Lost In The Dream

On March 14, The War On Drugs will return with new album Lost In The Dream (released via Secretly Canadian). The album was written over two years in Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, and North Carolina.

Check out the album’s stunning single “Red Eyes.” It has the feel of an instant guitar rock classic right from the start, and it keeps this feeling going all throughout its glorious run time.

Take a listen to “Red Eyes” below.

The War On Drugs @ Lollapalooza (August 3, 2012)

By Will Oliver, August 7th 2012 — with 1 comment



The War On Drugs kicked off my Lollapalooza weekend. I saw the first part of their set and enjoyed it quite a bit. Their sound live came off as a reverb-heavy Dylan, with a cross to modern indie rock and elements of folk-rock. Elements of Adam Granduciel’s days with Kurt Vile definitely still float around.

We All Want Someone’s Best Songs Of 2017

By Will Oliver, January 12th 2018

[artwork by Anthony Bauer]

And the time has come for the one post that all my friends actually read on these here pages, my best (or favorite) songs of 2017. These are the songs that I obsessed over throughout all of last year and many are still getting heavy rotation into the new one.

You’ll find select highlights from many of the albums that appeared on my best albums list but also a few new acts who blossomed or select songs that stood out on albums that didn’t quite shine as bright. Either way, I hope that you find at least one new song or artist that you didn’t know beforehand and that they make your day that much brighter. Thanks again for sticking around with us for another year and here’s to a bigger and better year in 2018.

As usual, the list is posted in a countdown format from 100-1 and I have made a Spotify playlist which you can find here or embedded at the very end of the post. All the songs are in there except for Ty Segall’s “Orange Color Queen,” as the album is not on Spotify.

Without further ado, here are my favorite songs from 2017:
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We All Want Someone’s Best Albums Of 2017

By Will Oliver, January 9th 2018 — with 1 comment


[Artwork by Anthony Bauer]

Was 2017 a good year for music? Was it a bad year? Who knows, it seems like every year your social media pages are bombarded with think pieces about it being the best year of music ever, the worst year, the end of rock music, or the album as we know it. But every year I seem totally and utterly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of musical releases in a year. It’s one thing to keep up with the high volume of new releases that seem to come out at an increasing pace with every passing week. Before you know it, the year is over and you’re somehow trying to rank all the stuff that occupied your ears.

Whether it was alone in your room, on the subway, stuck in traffic on the highway, or at a party with friends, albums have the power to create literal soundtracks for our lives. While these rankings are where I am at during this particular moment in time if you checked back in with me in a couple of weeks who knows how it would change. But rankings aside, these are a bunch of albums that had some sort of effect on me throughout the year.

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We All Want Someone’s Best Shows Of 2017

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2018

We covered a few shows in 2017, well, probably the most in the site’s history. My personal count was well over 200 shows, not to mention all the other coverage from the rest of the gang.

It was impossibly tough to narrow it down to even 50 shows, which probably seems like a lot (and is), but the reality it was just a fraction of what we actually saw and heard in 2017.

You’ll notice that a lot of the top list is big bands playing small spaces, as there’s nothing quite like that. A few festival sets found their way onto the list as well, which speaks volumes about how great those performances truly are, as most of the time I’m running around from set to set, not even allowed proper time to really take a set in, or for once to really grab a hold of me.

This was the year of Brooklyn Steel, with an asinine 34 trips from me there. Apologies to the staff and security for having to put up with me that much, but equally as frequently was the great Bowery Ballroom, which I visited 32 times. It’s no surprise that it handily appears the most on my list, a true testament to the Bowery’s consistent ability to put on some of the best shows that you’ll find in New York.

Alright, enough rambling. Here are the 50 best shows that killed my hearing in 2017.
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