Posted in music | pictures on March 20, 2014

photos by P Squared Photography

The War on Drugs @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/19/14
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The War On Drugs put out their excellent new album, Lost in the Dream, this week (3/18) via Secretly Canadian, and brought their current tour in support of it to Bowery Ballroom last night (3/19) for their first of three sold-out NYC shows. The show was a family affair, opening with Sore Eros, a collaborator of TWoD's friend and past collaborator, Kurt Vile. Then came Doug Keith of Sharon Van Etten's band, whose new album features TWoD's Adam Granduciel. His band featured other members of SVE's band, in addition to members of Megafaun (and Sharon could be spotted in the audience). (Less "in the family," but The Julie Ruin's Kenny Mellman was in the crowd too.) Finally The War on Drugs headlined, playing almost all of Lost in the Dream, plus a good amount of its predecessor, 2011's breakthrough LP, Slave Ambient, and a track from 2010's Future Weather EP. Pictures of the show, including one of the setlist, are in this post.

The War on Drugs do it again tonight (3/20) at Bowery Ballroom with White Laces and Lantern, and Friday (3/21) at MHOW with TEEN and Sore Eros. Both sold out.

More pictures from night 1 below...

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Comments (37)

no rude comments, OK GUYS?

Posted by person pretending to be PSquared Photography | March 20, 2014 1:46 PM

the new album is an absolute ripper

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 2:05 PM

LOVE War on Drugs albums but am rarely impressed with the live show -- how was last night?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 2:06 PM

They sounded really good last night.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 2:24 PM

Fingers crossed for Buenos Aires Beach on Friday night!

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 2:24 PM

anyone know the set times?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 2:27 PM

10/10! Much better than the last time they were in town, hiding behind a mess of reverb.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 2:27 PM

DON HENLEY VIBES on that album.

Kenny Loggins too.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 2:31 PM

sounded great. I stayed for the whole thing which (for me) is a good barometer

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 2:32 PM

Hell yeah guys. I'm liking this thread.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 2:37 PM

decent show, shitty crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 2:38 PM

2:31, Don't forget Knopfler.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 2:45 PM

band is snooooooze

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 2:55 PM

2:55 put me to sleep, which to me is a good barometer ... of fail

ZING!

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 3:05 PM

Did I miss any reason for a rude comment here?

Posted by ME | March 20, 2014 3:36 PM

show was good...horrible how a lot of people just talk during the whole show...even people who are right up front...whats the point in going to a live show if you want to just chat all night...

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 3:39 PM

hey, it's a rock show, if you want to go somewhere and not hear people talk, go to a movie. if the music is louder than my voice (and i assure you it is) and you're focused on me talking, that's your problem, not mine.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 4:03 PM

nah man...these people were talking louder than the music...not cool...

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 4:16 PM

4:03 is a dick and I look forward to the night when he is standing behind me.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 4:27 PM

fuck outta here with that $25 LP

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 4:31 PM

set times?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 4:41 PM

people next to me were literally screaming over the music to talk to one another. most of them had horrible breath to top it off. no matter how loud the music was, it was tough to hear and concentrate. why spend $25 to go yap and yell? go to a bar instead.

$35 for the purple vinyl seemed excessive as well.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 4:53 PM

When people are talking too loud around me, I usually get real close to their face, breathing through my mouth, and laugh freakishly loud at inappropriate times. That usually chills them right the fuck out.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 4:57 PM

Giant Bro has not crowd talking distractions of mere mortal concert goers. Giant Bro rises above petty distractions.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 5:06 PM

the war on farts

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 5:10 PM

Set times anyone?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 5:51 PM

War on Drugs came on a little after 11pm. Too fucking late for this old man.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 6:25 PM

Approx 9:15/10:00/11:00

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 7:04 PM

Thank you very much for the set times.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 7:32 PM

Sore Eros...?

More like SUCK EROS.

Holy shit was that a terrible band.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 8:21 PM

I'm inclined to think that if people are preoccupied with talking to each other at a show, the music just isn't that compelling.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 9:20 PM

New album has some serious spring time vibes. Need the weather ton a th the f up.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 11:37 PM

Sore eros was the 2nd best band of the nite

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 1:16 AM

Sore Eros- a lovely band with an almost shy-awkward demeanor but gives a big transient sound to get lost in. love.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 11:29 AM

"Need the weather ton a th the f up."

Engrish Prease

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 12:25 PM

Anyone get set times for tonight ?

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 4:14 PM

This is awesom finally some good music from this generation´╗┐

Posted by Rulkling | May 20, 2014 5:45 AM

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