Entries tagged with: The War On Drugs
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
St. Vincent at Terminal 5 in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
This month, the CBS Live on Letterman concert series will be bringing in St. Vincent for a web-broadcasted live performance following her taping on the show on July 16. (The webcast series' July lineup will also showcase David Gray on July 30.) This is one of many notable dates that St. Vincent coming up as she continues to tour in support of this year's St. Vincent, including a free Celebrate Brooklyn set on August 9, a show with Queens of the Stone Age in Maryland, and a prime spot at Pitchfork Fest. Later in the Summer she'll head out on overseas before heading back to the U.S., and then back to Europe again, then back to the U.S. again for some dates with The Black Keys. There's no letup in sight.
In other noteworthy Letterman performance news, Dave brought in Angel Olsen on June 16 and Sam Smith on June 18. Olsen played "Hi-Five" from Burn Your Fire for No Witness, and Smith continued his fast rise with a rousing, large-band rendition of "Stay With Me." Even more recently, The War on Drugs and Kiesza both played in the last week. Flanked by a dance crew and a graffiti-covered set, the Canadian pop songwriter, who will play her first US show at Santos Party House, stopping by last night (July 10) to perform "Hideaway" from her recent EP of the same name. Though she ends her set inside, part of it happens on the street. The War on Drugs were around on July 7 for a rendition of their standout "Red Eyes" from Lost in the Dream replete with ripping guitar work.
And in non-Letterman late night highlights, Sylvan Esso made their network TV debut on Fallon on Wednesday (7/9), where they were joined by Questlove himself, who just can't resist.
All the performances can be seen below, as well as a complete list of St. Vincent's many tour dates.
Guitar-slinger Steve Gunn, who you may have seen play with Kurt Vile's band, will release his new album, Way Out Weather, on October 7 via Paradise of Bachelors. The first track from the album was just released -- the ramblin', Stonesy "Milly's Garden" -- and you can stream it below.
Gunn will be touring for most of the late summer and into the fall, including a stint with The Babies' Kevin Morby (who he's played with before). Those two will play NYC at Baby's All Right on August 22 with American Primitivism guitarist Daniel Bachman and powerhouse psych folk singer Weyes Blood. Tickets are on sale now. Steve will also be on tour with old pals The War on Drugs for some European shows. All dates are listed, along with album art, tracklist and song stream, below...
2013 must have been a big success because Jim James and company are doing it again:
Today, Cloud 9 Adventures and The Bowery Presents proudly announce the second edition of My Morning Jacket's One Big Holiday - the band's ultimate fan experience and destination concert event. My Morning Jacket brings their epic live performance, and 2500 lucky fans as witnesses, back to the fully renovated Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya from January 31-February 4, 2015 for a 4 night all-inclusive concert adventure of a lifetime.Tickets and more info at the event's site.
"We are so excited for this second year of One Big Holiday...the second of what we hope will be many more to come! The first one was so beautiful we just knew we had to do it again...what could be more fun than spending quality time with a bunch of sweet folks- old friends and new- in a beautiful place celebrating music/art/peace and love!!! Let's get together and celebrate!" - My Morning Jacket
After bringing the heat last year in the stellar concert courtyard within the resort, One Big Holiday will once again feature three full shows under the stars by My Morning Jacket. Once again returning to join the band on this adventure will be Preservation Hall Jazz Band, as well as newcomers War On Drugs, Dr. Dog, Dawes and Sylvan Esso who will each perform one show, plus special guest DJ Biz Markie. Fans are also in for a special treat as Band of Horses will perform two full shows, including one acoustic performance as the sun goes down.
MMJ have no other upcoming dates at the moment, but Sylvan Esso do.
The War on Drugs, Woods & Julianna Barwick Northside Festival show scheduled to take place in 50 Kent tonight is postponed due to RAIN.
Omar Souleyman also just cancelled his Glasslands show (though the DJs are still playing, no cover).
BrooklynVegan's showcase is going on as planned! Doors at 8:00.
Lots of other stuff to do tonight too.
We hope we don't have to find out, but there is a Flash Flood Watch that "remains in effect until midnight EDT", right through the entire War on Drugs, Woods, Julianna Barwick show. Meanwhile, Northside Fest says "The show must go on!"
UPDATE: As of 6:30, IT IS RAINING HARD, but still no word on the show being moved or cancelled.
UPDATE 2: The War on Drugs is postponed until Sunday!
Beirut, Ratking and Malang Jobarteh play the same outdoor venue Saturday.
The Range opening for CHVRCHES at T5 in May (more by Wei Shi)
The music portion of Brooklyn's multi-venue Northside Festival is almost here, beginning this Thursday (6/12) and running through Sunday (6/15), and there continue to be updates. For one, all openers for Northside's four big outdoor shows have been announced. We already knew Woods are opening the War On Drugs show Friday at 50 Kent, and we know Julianna Barwick is too. As discussed, Saturday's Thee Oh Sees show in McCarren Park will be opened by The Blind Shake and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard. Saturday's Beirut show at 50 Kent will include a lineup handpicked by the band of Ratking and Malang Jobarteh, and Sunday's CHVRCHES show in McCarren Park will include The Range (who also opened for them at Terminal 5) and Hunters.
The McCarren Park shows are free with RSVP (CHVRCHES closed, Thee Oh Sees still open, and the 50 Kent shows are still on sale. All Northside shows are accessible with a Northside badge though entry is subject to capacity.
Other recently announced Northside shows include the ones at Brooklyn Night Bazaar: Nick Waterhouse, Baths and Watain. Plus the Cameo/Buzz Chips/Pancakces & Whiskey showcase at Cameo on Friday with Nite Jewel, Ejecta, Brothertiger, Psychic Twin and The Great Void (tickets). Check out the festival's full schedule.
And as mentioned, we at BrooklynVegan are presenting the NYC debut of Dan Boeckner's (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits) new band Operators at Baby's All Right on Friday (6/13). Openers for that show will be announced very soon.
Thee-day Oregon music festival Pickathon returns this year from August 1-3 in Happy Valley. The lineup includes Nickel Creek, X, Warpaint, The War on Drugs, Jonathan Richman, Mac DeMarco, Operators, Foxygen, Destroyer (solo), Courtney Barnett, Parquet Courts, Angel Olsen, Woods, Mikal Cronin, Julianna Barwick, The Men, Hiss Golden Messenger, Diarrhea Planet, Quilt and many more. Full lineup below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Woods @ Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
In the band's own words: "Fresh off of the release of their eighth official album, With Light and With Love, Woods are pleased to announce a new single for Captured Tracks due July 8th featuring two brand new non-album songs, "Tambourine Light" and "Tomorrow's Only Yesterday," meant as a companion piece to the album. You can pre-order the single here." Listen to "Tambourine Light" below.
Catch Woods on tour this summer and fall. New Yorkers who missed the band at Baby's All Right (4/22) and Bowery Ballroom (5/16) have another chance on 6/13 when the band open for The War On Drugs at the big Northside Festival show at 50 Kent. If you already bought a ticket for this show, consider youself lucky to get such a fine, fine opener. All of the band's dates, which take them to Chicago for Wicker Park Fest, to Portland for Pickathon, to Big Sur for their own festival, back to Austin (where they recently played Psych Fest), to San Francisco for Outside Lands to all over Europe, are listed below.
On October 24, possibly as part of CMJ, the band plays another NYC show, this time with psychedelic light show pioneers Joshua Light Show at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (a venue we've seen the Joshua Light Show do a series of performances at before). We'll post more details about that one as they surface.
Dates and song below...
Megafaun at Ecstatic Music Fest in 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Megafaun kicked off their short tour in their hometown of Durham, NC last night (4/29) and it continues with another show there tonight (4/30) before hitting DC and finally wrapping up in NYC on Friday (5/2) at Baby's All Right. Opening the DC and NYC shows is, as Megafaun puts it, "a chance to see the legendary Grandma Sparrow," otherwise known as the solo project of Megafaun drummer Joe Westerlund. The band also mentioned earlier this month on Twitter, "This will be it again for a while on the 'ol Faun front. Anticipate some special guests and a very good time. We are real excited!" Baby's All Right mentioned the guests on Facebook too, saying "Friday will be a very special night with some very special guests. Please take our word for it and be here. You won't regret it." Keep in mind that Megafaun's list of past collaborators and friends is long and impressive. Before Megafaun they had a pre-Bon Iver band with Justin Vernon called DeYarmond Edison. Tickets for Friday's show are still available.
In related news, Megafaun members are some of the many people contributing to The National's forthcoming Grateful Dead tribute album. Phil Cook spoke to Jambands.com back in October:
We are also going to record with Justin [Vernon] and [The National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner] on their Grateful Dead tribute. We are going to record out stuff at Justin's studio which is going to be a trip.The tribute will also feature members of Bon Iver, The War on Drugs, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile, Vampire Weekend and more. The National's Matt Berninger also gave an update on the project not long ago to Billboard:
I know the members of Megafaun have deep roots in the Phish world, but were the Grateful Dead an influence on you as well?
Not as much growing up but it has been a more recent thing. My dad was a big Deadhead and he'd take us all to Phish shows to kind of see where the scene was going. So I got into them through him but Phish was one of the bands that my brother and I grew up listening to at jazz camp. Growing up in a kind of removed area, camp and that music opened up our eyes to so many things.
Speaking of the Grateful Dead project, is the National doing a song for that?In other Megafaun news, related band Sylvan Esso just released a new video and announced they'll be playing a Governors Ball pre-party in NYC before their tour with tUnE-yArDs.
MB: Yes. And there's a huge debate over which one to do. They keep talking about "Box of Rain" for me. Something because of the register of the vocals. I'm staying out of it. It's [bassist Scott Devendorf and drummer Bryan Devendorf] that are probably the biggest Dead fans. There's constant emails going back and forth about what to do. They kind of kicked me out of the whole Dead project because I kinda don't know what I'm talking about. I've never followed the Dead much but those guys have become ... they're borderline experts on the Dead. It's a fun thing. Meeting Bob Weir and playing with him in San Francisco was surreal and awesome. I can't wait until that thing finally comes together.
Do you think the surviving members like Bob Weir and Phil Lesh would play on it?
MB: I think so. I don't know. That's a good question. I don't want to say "yes" but certainly Bob Weir ... we've done a couple things with him already and he's the nicest guy. All the surviving members are totally supportive of the project. They sent everybody box sets that we could pass around. They just opened up their entire catalog to us. They've been 100% behind it. I'm not sure who's signed up.
Updated Megafaun dates are listed, with videos (including one of Sharon Van Etten fronting Megafaun), below...
The Replacements at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The spring edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival is a month away (May 23-25), and they've already announced the fall edition which goes down in Boston's City Hall Plaza from September 5-7. The September lineup, which is listed in full below, includes The National, The Replacements, Nas x The Roots, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Volcano Choir, The War on Drugs, The Hold Steady, White Denim, Sky Ferreira, Future Islands, San Fermin, S. Carey, Lorde, Childish Gambino and more. 3-day passes go on sale Monday (4/28) at 10 AM.
Tickets (3-day, 2-day and single day passes) for the May festival, which includes Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Brand New, Kurt Vile, Phosphorescent and more, are still available.
Full September lineup, flyer, and announcement video, and video of Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong joining the 'Mats at Coachella, below...
Williamsburg Park last year (more by Dylan Johnson)
As touched on in the Northside Festival lineup additions we just posted, the annual Northside Festival (June 12-19) will be hosting concerts at what-used-to-be Williamsburg Park at North 12th and Kent in North Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The name of the venue has changed to 50 Kent which much like 285 Kent is named after its actual address. June 13 and 14 shows with The War on Drugs ($20 adv, $25 day of) and Beirut ($35 adv and day of), which are happening during the actual Northside Festival, will kick off " a summer-long Northside Summer Concert Series at 50 Kent", though no other shows as part of that series have been announced yet.
The War on Drugs at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by PSquared)
As you may know, the Northside Festival returns to multiple Brooklyn venues from June 12-15 this year, and includes Sharon Van Etten, Courtney Barnett, Fuck Buttons, Titus Andronicus & Eagulls, CHVRCHES, Albert Hammond Jr., Dead Milkmen and more.
There have since been new additions to the schedule, including two big outdoor, all ages shows at the 6000-capacity 50 Kent (formerly Williamsburg Park, entrance at N. 12th). The first is The War on Drugs on Friday, June 13 ($20 adv, $25 day of) and then it's Beirut on Saturday, June 14 ($35 adv and day of). Tickets will be on sale soon via Northside Fest's site. These not-free big outdoor shows are in addition to the free big outdoor shows in McCarren Park with CHVRCHES (6/15) and one more TBA.
Other lineup additions include Perfect Pussy, Pharmakon, Eleanor Friedberger, Lust for Youth, Diane Coffee, Talib Kweli, Ava Luna, Yvette, Benjamin Booker (touring with Courtney Barnett), The Barr Brothers and Shamir (live debut). More info on exact venues and individual tickets will be available soon at Northside Fest's site where you can also buy a festival badge (Early Bird Music Badges ($65), Innovation Badges ($245), Film Badges ($25), and Premium Badges ($275) are on sale).
There's also a film portion, including the NY premieres of Homemakers (dir. Colin Healey), the Oscilloscope-presented of Montreal documentary The Past is a Grotesque Animal (dir. Jason Miller), and Whiffed Out (dir. Jason Giampietro), and the Brooklyn premiere of Summer of Blood (dir. Onur Tukel). More info on the film portion here.
A$AP Rocky in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party is returning this year from July 25-27, and the initial lineup has been announced. It includes A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Spoon, The War on Drugs, XXYYXX, Angel Olsen, Chromeo, Matt & Kim and more. 3-day passes are on sale now.
Full initial lineup below...
photos by P Squared Photography
The War on Drugs @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/19/14
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...
The War on Drugs, whose tour has them in NYC for three sold-out shows this month, will release their new album Lost in the Dream next week (3/18) via Secretly Canadian, but you can now hear it in full ahead of its release. Listen, via The Guardian, below. And if that stream isn't working at the moment you can listen over at NPR too.
The Roots Picnic will return for its seventh year on May 31 at Festival Pier in Philly. This year's lineup is excellent and diverse as always, including Snoop Dogg (who will be backed by The Roots), Janelle Monae, The War on Drugs, AraabMuzik, Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, Jhene Aiko, Biz Markie (DJ), Rudimental, Just Blaze, Emily Wells and more, plus a headlining set by The Roots as usual. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/7).
Full lineup and announcement video below...
by Bill Pearis
TEEN will release their second album, The Way and Color, on April 22 via Carpark. While still incorporating psych and krautrock textures, the new album is decidedly more soulful than their debut. The band, which features three Lieberson sisters plus new bassist Boshra AlSaadi, claim D'Angelo and Erykah Badu as inspiration for the album. You can check out the first single, "Not For Long," which is streaming below.
The band will be touring on their way to and from SXSW, including playing Savannah Stopover and a few dates with Small Black. The band will wrap up their tour in NYC opening for The War on Drugs on at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 21 (sold out). They'll also be playing a record release show for The Way and Color on
April 24 at Baby's All Right. UPDATE: The record release show has been postponed until May 22. Tickets are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with album art, tracklist and the new single stream, below...
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Austin Psych Fest returns for its 6th year from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch, and since we last spoke, the festival's lineup has been expanded to now include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, The War On Drugs, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, Pink Mountaintops, The Fresh and Onlys, Sleepy Sun, The Octopus Project, Bardo Pond, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Morgan Delt, Cosmonauts, Pure X, Guardian Alien, Mark McGuire, Greg Ashley and more.
They join previously announced bands like Loop, Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Liars and more. Unfortunately, Primal Scream, who had to cancel their US tour, are no longer playing. APF Tickets are still available.
The fest has also announced that there will be kickoff parties the Thursday (2/1) before at Mohawk and Red 7 with sets from The Warlocks, Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, Elephant Stone, Golden Animals, Holy Wave and more TBA.
Updated lineup and flyer below...
The War On Drugs at Cameo in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
As discussed, The War on Drugs are releasing a new album and going on a tour this year which brings them to NYC on March 20 at Bowery Ballroom and March 21 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Both of those shows have sold out, but TWoD have added a third NYC show happening on March 19 at Bowery Ballroom. Opening that show is Doug Keith (full band), whose upcoming LP Pony TWoD's Adam Granduciel plays on, and Kurt Vile collaborator Sore Eros. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed below...
Well that was fast. We pondered yesterday, with the announcement of two NYC shows from The War on Drugs, if there might be official word on a new album, and today we get the details. The Philadelphia band will release Lost in the Dream on March 14 via Secretly Canadian. That's the cover art above and the track list is below. Recorded over two years in four states, the new album was produced by frontman Adam Granduciel. Check out a stream of the first released song from the album, "Red Eyes," below.
Those NYC dates -- Bowery Ballroom on March 20 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 21 (tickets on sale now) -- are part of a full North American tour and all dates are listed below...
The War on Drugs @ Cameo, 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
The War on Drugs have been working on the follow-up to their acclaimed 2011 album, Slave Ambient. Main man Adam Granduciel updated folks over the summer on the album's progress:
i've been working on the new drugs record since around last September, and demos actually began in April and May of last year. So far Dave has played a fretless bass on 2 songs and Robbie made an Arp Solina sound like the wind. So far we've tracked stuff all over the place-my home studio, my main engineer Jeff Zeigler's Uniform Studios in philly, Water Music in Hoboken (Sandy hit them pretty hard and they've done an incredible job of rebuilding and moving forward stronger than before), Mitch Easter's Fidelitorium in Kernersville, NC (although Mitch wasn't involved in the sessions and i was in the shower when he stopped by to drop off a 12 string Hagstrom), Miner St. studios in philly, my most favorite spot, Echo Mountain in Asheville, NC...and most recently, last night in brooklyn at 'the bunker,' where my friends Jon Natchez and Kelly Pratt played some beautiful horns on a bunch of songs. They're currently in town rehearsing for their summer tour with David Byrne and St. Vincent (uhhh...super sick) so why not get the best.While there's been no official details on the new LP -- like title or release date -- that might not be too far off, as The War on Drugs have just announced two NYC shows: Bowery Ballroom on March 20 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 21. Tickets for both shows go on sale Wednesday (12/4) at 10 AM. Those are the band's only scheduled tour dates at the moment.
by Klaus Kinski
For those keeping score, your man Klaus has played drums in many many unpopular and unsignable bands since 1991. I've dragged my 1964 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl 4 piece kit (2nd rack tom not shown) with 1965 Gretsch snare (all of which were purchased in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts for $175) from one end of the earth (the Northeast) to the other (the Midwest mostly) hundreds of times. 'Tis a gorgeous kit, in phenomenal condition, and I have endured hundreds if not millions of compliments regarding it's eye-watering beauty. I am a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. And I'm a man who appreciates a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. Therefore, I am a man who appreciates this wonderful compilation video featuring the great David Letterman appreciating his various musical guest's gear, focusing primarily, but not exclusively, drums. The video, and a list of who is in it, including GBV, Feist, Beirut, James Blake, The Strokes, Mastodon, St. Vincent, and many many more, is below. Behold!
Retribution Gospel Choir (more by Grant MacAllister)
As discussed on BV Chicago, Low side project Retribution Gospel Choir will release their third album, 3, on January 22 via Chaperone Records. The album will be a two-song full length which features a guest appearance from guitarist Nels Cline on the second track. RGC will support the new album with a tour that hits NYC on February 11 at Knitting Factory with BB&C (Tim Berne, Jim Black, and Nels Cline) and Nightlands (aka Dave Hartley of the War on Drugs, who also has a new album coming out on 1/22). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
In related news, as discussed, Low will release their new Jeff Tweedy-produced album, The Invisible Way, on March 19. The album marks their 20th anniversary as a band.
A list of all Retribution Gospel Choir dates and a video are below...
Nightlands is the project of Dave Hartley, who has played as a sideman in The War on Drugs and with Sharon Van Etten, and they'll release their sophomore album, Oak Island, on January 22 via Secretly Canadian. The first single, "So Far So Long," is an effect-laden folky cut that fits right in with the other projects Dave has been involved in. You can stream that track and check out the album's cover art and tracklist below.
Nightlands hails from Philly and they'll be making their way over to Brooklyn this week for a show at Glasslands on Thursday (11/29), where he made his live debut almost two years ago. Nightlands will be supported by Eastern Midwestern and Eliza Hardy Jones. Tickets for that show are available. Their only other announced date is a hometown show next week/month.
A list of all dates, song stream, cover art and tracklist are below.