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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 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

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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.

Coastal Clouds – “Wanna Come Down”

By Will Oliver, November 1st 2017

Coastal Clouds is the West Coast-based project of musician Roberto Rodriguez who creates some easy-going guitar rock with a sound that feels nostalgic, romantic and full of life.

Take his summery single “Wanna Come Down” a mix of the laid-back tones of Real Estate and the classic rock ambition and widescreen approach of The War On Drugs. Rodriguez’s soothing vocals pave the way for a totally effortless and smooth ride.

The song is off his new EP Nothing to Hide. You can find the song available to stream below and can hear the whole EP on his soundcloud page.
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Los Colognes – “Unspoken”

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2017

Nashville, Tennessee rockers Los Colognes warm you right into their track “Unspoken,” a sprawling epic rocker that sits somewhere between acts like The War On Drugs and Dawes. It has a glamorous, yet layered rock track that toys with arena rock, some jammy aspects and classic rock, while maintaining this poised sense of cool that is soothing and confident as all hell.

“Unspoken” is taken from their third album The Wave which was released this May via Big Deal Media/Thirty Tigers. Enjoy the track, which is posted below.
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The Sea Life – “Red Eyes”

By Will Oliver, October 13th 2017

Although The War On Drugs may come to mind when you see the title “Red Eyes,” make no mistake, Washington D.C. natives The Sea Life make a worthy claim to steal that spotlight for themselves.

It opens with a Bright Eyes-like emotional vocal performance that builds into something soul-splitting and passionate, something that sounds great and rings true. Their rocking feels raw and emotive, like a combination of Cymbals Eat Guitars and old school Arcade Fire, and you better believe that’s a compliment.

“Red Eyes” is taken off of the band’s self-titled debut album, which Babe City Records released this May. Stream the killer track below and if you like what you hear, go stream the rest of the album at their bandcamp page.
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