Entries tagged with: The War on Drugs
photo: Matt Berninger w/ EL VY over the weekend (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We mentioned earlier this year that The National began recording their long awaited Grateful Dead tribute album in Woodstock at Dreamland Recordings. A new Stereogum feature on the band reports that the wait will finally be over in early 2016, and that they'll once again be teaming up with the Red Hot organization to release it (the same organization the Dessners did Dark Was the Night with).
More details since the initial announcement on who's contributing to it keep coming to. The band told Stereogum that the album has "somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 contributions," now including Perfume Genius, Tunde Adebimpe (of TV on the Radio), Marijuana Deathsquads (doing "Truckin'"), Unknown Mortal Orchestra ("Shakedown Street"), Fucked Up, Daniel Rossen (of Grizzly Bear) on two songs including "Terrapin Station," Phosphorescent main man Matthew Houck, Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus and more. Plus there's all the previously-mentioned names like Bon Iver, Sharon Van Etten, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo), Kurt Vile & J Mascis (doing "Box of Rain" together), The War On Drugs ("Touch of Grey"), and of course The National themselves (including their take on"Peggy-O," a traditional the Dead played a lot). The latter two have been played live before, and you can check out videos of those below.
The wait for this compilation has been long, but it sounds like it'll be worth it. The National's Bryan Devendorf said, "Some of the interpretations of the songs, you hear it, and you go, 'My god, this is fucking killer.'" With a solid group of some of the best indie artists out there covering the Dead, it's hard to go wrong.
In other "indie musicians covering the Grateful Dead" news, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker and his band The Freaks doing another of their Dead tribute shows, and this one's in Brooklyn. It happens at Rough Trade on December 30. Tickets will be on sale on Wednesday (11/18) at noon. Alex Bleeker & The Freaks just played Brooklyn Bowl last week and are currently on tour in support of their new album.
All of The Freaks' upcoming tour dates are listed, with the National and War on Drugs videos, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The War On Drugs @ Radio City - 10/8/15
Two nights after Tame Impala played Radio City, the historic NYC venue hosted another indie band, The War On Drugs. They had played Music Hall of Williamsburg a night earlier, and Radio City got a similar setlist with favorites like "Baby Missiles," "An Ocean in Between the Waves," "Red Eyes," "Eyes to the Wind," "Brothers" and more. It's clear that this band just continues to rise -- the massive gig was sold out.
Natalie Prass opened but we missed her set. More pictures, and TWOD's setlist, below...
The Dove and The Wolf recording their 'Shaking Through' session
Weathervane Music's online documentary series Shaking Through has been bringing us sessions since 2010, inviting musicians to record a song in two days at Philadelphia's Miner Street Recordings with the whole process captured for their cameras. (We've written about a few past installments.) Shaking Through Vol. 6's Fall Season includes sessions with Pavo Pavo (10/14), Chicago's Circuit des Yeux (11/18) and Paris France's The Dove & The Wolf (12/16), as well as members of The War on Drugs, Bardo Pond and Man Man. You can also download the raw files and remix the songs yourself.
Previous Shaking Through sessions have featured Sharon Van Etten, Twin Sister and Mutual Benefit. You can check out a trailer for the upcoming episodes below...
photos by Sachyn Mital, words by Andrew Sacher
The War On Drugs' current tour has them in NYC, and head of tonight's massive Radio City show with Natalie Prass they squeezed in a way smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg show last night (10/7) for Jukely members. There was no opener, and TWOD took the stage right around 8:30 (just after Adam brought out a cake and sang happy birthday to keyboardist Robbie Bennett) so things ended on the early side compared to most MHOW shows.
I hadn't seen The War On Drugs since they were touring Slave Ambient but they've clearly come a long way since then. Last year's extremely well-loved Lost in the Dream and their recent major label deal already proved this, but last night's show even further confirmed that they're ready for the big time. Main member Adam Granduciel is a more confident frontman than ever, and shreds way harder too. Those solos don't pop out on record quite like they did last night. We got plenty of highlights off the recent records -- "Baby Missiles," "Red Eyes," "Eyes to the Wind" and more -- and they dipped back into their pre-breakthrough period a few times too.
Pictures continue below...
photo: The War on Drugs @ End of the Road 2015 (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)
The War on Drugs are playing Radio City Music Hall on October 8 and tickets are still available (and we're giving away a pair too). But if you'd like to see them somewhere smaller in NYC, they've just announced a show the day before (10/7) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. This is show is presented by concert app Jukely and, like the Hot Chip show at Baby's All Right, is an exclusive for Jukely Pass members. If you're a member, you can claim tickets on Thursday (10/1).
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr
Laura Marling w/ Marika Hackman / War on Drugs / Ex Hex / Sleaford Mods / Hinds
The 2015 End of the Road Festival happened September 4 - 6 at Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire, England. The lush, pastoral setting -- it is apparently not uncommon to see a peacock wandering around -- makes for a unique setting, and this year's lineup included The War on Drugs, Laura Marling, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Torres, Ex Hex, Django Django, Natalie Prass, METZ, Saint Etienne, Sleaford Mods, Mac DeMarco, HInds and many more.
Taking advantage of the surroundings was The Piano Stage, somewhat hidden within the woods, which recreated a Victorian-era sitting room with a piano at its center. Artists like Kevin Morby, and East India Youth played unannounced sets, usually only to a handful of people. Rising UK singer-songwriter Marika Hackman played the stage and was joined by Laura Marling for an impromptu cover of Foo Fighters' "Tired of You."
More photos from the 2015 End of the Road Festival below...
Lollapalooza 2015 just got underway in Chicago's Grant Park and will be there all weekend with headliners Metallica, Paul McCartney Sam Smith, The Weeknd, and Florence + the Machine. (BrooklynVegan will be there too, in the Toyota Tent.) If you can't make it, Lollapalooza will be broadcasting live each day starting at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern) across three different channels and you can watch it right here.
Sunday's streaming schedule includes Florence + the Machine, Of Monsters and Men, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Lord Huron and more. The whole weekend's stream schedule is listed, along with the Lollapalooza video player, below...
The War On Drugs / J. Cole / Beirut
If you thought a sunset performance in the corner of North America would be a good chance for Beirut to offer up a slew of new material from their upcoming September release, No No No, think again. Instead, a smiley Zach Condon and co. seemed more intent on reacquainting themselves, and fans, with their older songs. The set actually found a comfy place at being a rare moment, as it didn't resemble a set from their Rip Tide tour, but felt more like a Beirut's Greatest Hits offering [Consequence of Sound]We already posted pictures of Broken Social Scene's set from the Saturday (7/18) of Vancouver's Pemberton Music Festival, and now we've got pictures from Thursday (7/16), including The War On Drugs, Beirut, J. Cole and more. Pics continue below...
photo: The War on Drugs at Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
The War on Drugs recently announced their largest headlining NYC show yet, Radio City (tix on sale), and now they've announced another, uh, major move in their career. They're leaving Secretly Canadian and moving to Atlantic Records for their next album, as Billboard reports. Atlantic is owned by Warner, which also owns Reprise, which kinda means they're finally labelmates with Tom Petty!
Catch them on tour this year. Dates are listed below...
Weird Al / Hot Chip / Flying Lotus / War on Drugs @ Governors Ball 6/7/2005
Weird Al came swinging right from the bell, brandishing his accordion and taking a polka tour through a number of recent top 40 hits. It was a good way to bait the crowd, likely expecting a set heavy on numbers from last year's smash, Mandatory Fun. The first of these was "Foil", set to the tune of Lorde's "Royals". Some of the props from its music video were wheeled out, plenty of aluminum foil included. The song's Illuminati-referencing second half may have been lost on a festival crowd, but that was quickly forgotten. Weird Al darted offstage as soon as the song finished, leaving the crowd hotly anticipating what Weird Al would bring next. The thing he brought was IT. And by "IT" I mean one of his most dearly loved classics, the Michael Jackson parody "Fat", complete with a fat suit that was a perfect replica of the one Weird Al sports in the song's music video. If festivalgoers were still warming up to the Weird Al festival phenomenon, they were fully in his hands by this point. Even the sound guy was singing along. - [Popmatters]Governors Ball finished up its 2015 festival on Sunday (6/7) with sets by The Black Keys, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Flying Lotus, A-Track, The War on Drugs, Sturgill Simpson and more. But the most talked-about set may have been Weird Al who tore through hits and costume changes at a frenzied pace. Pictures from his set and the rest of day 3 are in this post.
UPDATE: Stream Bonnaroo 2015 here.
Bonnaroo 2015 is this week with four days of music and comedy from Thursday (6/11) through Sunday (6/14) in Manchester, TN. For those who can't make it, you'll be able to watch many of Bonnaroo's performers right here on BrooklynVegan.com via three different video channels. Live streaming begins Thursday at 7 PM Central (6 PM Eastern) and sets being broadcast over the four days include Courtney Barnett, Against Me!, Belle & Sebastian, My Morning Jacket, Billy Joel, D'Angelo & the Vanguard, Jamie xx, The War on Drugs and many more. Full list of confirmed streaming Bonnaroo performances below.
UPDATE: Stream Bonnaroo 2015 here.
While there won't be any Bonnaroo comedy sets streaming, Comedy Central has put together a Spotify playlist of bits from many of the comedians peforming at the fest this year, including Chris Hardwick, Jeff Ross, Kurt Braunohler, Reggie Watts, Michelle Wolf and more. Stream that below.
San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival returns in 2015 from October 17-18, and this year's lineup includes The National, The War on Drugs, Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique, Azealia Banks, Run the Jewels, Father John Misty, Panda Bear, Deerhunter, Drive Like Jehu, Ex Hex, Deadmau5, STS9, Hudson Mohawke, Shamir, Viet Cong and more. Tickets go on sale Thursday (6/11) at 10 AM PT.
Speaking of Hudson Mohawke, his new album is streaming on iTunes. and he's got a new video for the song "Warriors." Watch that, with the full Treasure Island lineup, below...
Nothing better than an emotional drunk couple fight in a field with War On Drugs soundtrack #GovBallNYC— Charlie Reff (@AnIntellectual) June 7, 2015
Like Beirut is doing, The War on Drugs will headline one of NYC's most prestigious venues for their next NYC show. Yesterday they played a family friendly set at NYC festival Governors Ball (more on that soon), and today they've announced that they'll play Radio City on October 8th! Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday, 6/12 at 10:00 am EDT.
Meanwhile the War on Drugs are out on tour with The Everymen, and that trek stops in Rochester, NY tonight (6/8). They also have lots of other dates coming up including an October show at LA's Greek Theatre. All of their dates are listed below...
Lá-Bas is something of an indie supergroup, comprised of Nathan Larson (Shudder To ThInk, Swiz), Angelica Allen (My Midnight Heart), and Jordan Kern, and their self-titled debut album features contributions from Jon Natchez (Beirut, Camera Obscura, The War on Drugs), Daniel Mintseris (St. Vincent, David Byrne), Brian Kantor (Nina Persson band, Yellowbirds), Bengt Lagerberg (The Cardigans), Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats), Grant Zubritsky (MS MR, Nina Persson band), and Kevin March (Guided By Voices, Shudder To Think). The album comes out next week (5/12) via Nathan Larson's label Modern Imperial, and it can now be streamed in full below (via SPIN).
Their album release party, which will be their first-ever live performance, happens May 12 at Baby's All Right, with a DJ set by Midnight Magic. Tickets are on sale now.
Show flyer, with the album stream, below...
photos by Samantha Saturday
Tame Impala / Action Bronson / AC-DC / Azealia Banks / giant catepillar
Scheduled to take the main stage on Friday night immediately before AC/DC, Australian psych-rock outfit Tame Impala were given a festival opportunity that a lot of other bands would kill for. Kevin Parker and co. didn't waste it: unfurling an hour of knee-buckling rock tunes and trippy visuals, Tame Impala made a lot of other guitar-based bands at Coachella look unpolished by comparison. Lonerism gems like "Elephant" and "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" soared, but it was the new eight-minute jam "Let It Happen" that caused the most flower crowns in the audience to bop up and down. From the sound of their newest tunes, Tame Impala keep getting better -- as a studio act and also as a legitimate festival draw. - [Billboard]Weekend one of Coachella 2015 is in the books, and they're getting ready to do it all again this weekend. Friday's kickoff (4/10) featured a wide variety of acts, including rock greats and headliners AC/DC, plus Tame Impala, Action Bronson, The War on Drugs Lykke Li, Azealia Banks, Sylvan Esso, a self-described "slammin'" set from Steely Dan, reformed shogazers Ride, Ohio indie rockers Cloud Nothings, the US live debut of Todd Terje & the Olsens, and much more. Pictures from all of those acts (except Todd, who we missed) and more are in this post.
The 2015 Osheaga Festival happens July 31 - August 02 in Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau. This year's lineup includes St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Future Islands, Hot Chip, Nas, Father John Misty, Alt-J, The War on Drugs, Weezer and lots more. Festival passes are on sale now and the full Osheaga lineup is listed below...
photo: Sleater-Kinney at T5 in February (more by PSquared)
Sleater-Kinney, who first said they weren't playing festivals but then were announced for Primavera Sound, have now also been added to home stage festival Sasquatch!, taking place Memorial Day Weekend (5/22-25) at The Gorge. Other new additions include Angel Olsen, Hanni El Khatib (who plays NYC tonight), THEESatisfaction, Helms Alee, AlunaGeorge, Kaytranada, Goldlink and a few others.
Those additions join previously announced names such as Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent and many more. Festival tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
Lollapalooza returns to Chicago's Grant Park from July 31 - August 2, and this year's lineup includes Paul McCartney, Metallica, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Brand New, Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death From Above 1979, Django Django and more. Tickets are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale at 10 AM CT.
Full lineup below...
the graffiti'd space is where the restaurant will be (via Google Maps)
The Knitting Factory, who across the country own something like 10 venues and 3 restaurants, is taking over the space next door to their Brooklyn venue on Metropolitan Ave. in Williamsburg to open a restaurant this year. The space in question used to be Japanese izakaya joint Qoo Robata, which closed last spring. "We're very excited to have the restaurant," KF general manager Bob Reiter told Gothamist. "We love the neighborhood, and to add the food component to the Knitting Factory is also very exciting. We're really stoked." No word on what kind of food they'll be serving, but design will be handled by Hecho Inc who did Baby's All Right's interior.
That intersection (Havemeyer & Metropolitan) is not exactly starved for food options: there's The Commodore, St. Anselm, Saltie, Fette Sau, Momofuku Milk Bar, Siam Orchid, Onomea and a pizza place all within throwing distance....but being able to take your drink with you from dinner to Knit's performance space would be a nice option.
Meanwhile, we have Knitting Factory talent buyer Richard Sloven's Top 8 Tracks of 2014 (which we forgot to post in December. sorry, Richard!). Read his picks below...
The 2015 edition of Arts & Crafts' Field Trip Festival happens June 6 & 7 in downtown Toronto. This year's lineup features Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, The War on Drugs, De La Soul, Purity Ring, Father John Misty, Temples, Lee Fields & the Expressions, Marina & the Diamonds, Apostle of Hustle, and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/6) at 10 AM EST.
Full lineup is listed below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival will return to Quincy, WA on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, at The Gorge. This year's lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Spoon, James Blake, Hot Chip, SBTRKT, Schoolboy Q, The New Pornographers, The War On Drugs, Little Dragon, Father John Misty, Run The Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Real Estate, Future Islands, Ab-Soul, Sharon Van Etten, Action Bronson, Perfume Genius, Rustie, Courtney Barnett, Strand of Oaks, Merchandise, Ex Hex, and more.
Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Saturday (2/7). Full lineup below...
Philly band The War on Drugs had the biggest year ever thanks to their amazing album Lost in the Dream which topped a bunch of year end lists and landed on countless others, including our own.
If you're a fan of Lost in the Dream, but not of Tom Petty and Dire Straits, maybe now's a good time to start digging back into the catalogs of those classic rockers. As the Guardian points out:
This Philadelphian longhair and his band have dusted off the smug 80s chug of Dire Straits, the percolations of Tom Petty and the more over-produced corners of Springsteen and made a startlingly clubbable record out of them.That's right. Thanks to The War on Drugs, Tom Petty and Dire Straits are cool again.
Another reason Petty is cool right now? It recently came to light that the Traveling Wilburys member co-wrote the Grammy-nominated hit "Stay With Me" by Disclosure collaborator Sam Smith! Okay, maybe he didn't do it on purpose, but he is now officially one of the song's co-writers.
Many people noticed that "Stay With Me" sounded a lot like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 1989 classic "I Won't Back Down", and recently people noticed that it now says "Tom Petty" in the online credits for the song. Sam Smith's people released this statement:
"Recently the publishers for the song 'I Won't Back Down,' written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, contacted the publishers for 'Stay With Me,' written by Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips, about similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions. Not previously familiar with the 1989 Petty/Lynne song, the writers of 'Stay With Me' listened to 'I Won't Back Down' and acknowledged the similarity.Tom Petty then added this gracious statement yesterday:
"Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of 'Stay With Me' along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips."
"About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam. All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen. Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by. Sam's people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement. The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention. And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself. Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this. A musical accident no more no less. In these times we live in this is hardly news. I wish Sam all the best for his ongoing career. Peace and love to all."Awwww....
Meanwhile, the Sam Smith song that he co-wrote is nominated in three Grammy categories, not counting its appearance on the Sam Smith album which is nominated for "Album of the Year" (Sam is also nominated for "Best New Artist"). But, the Recording Academy's Bill Freimuth told CNN that because Petty didn't add anything new to the song, he's not one of its Grammy nominees. Tom is up for a Grammy of his own though. He was nominated for "Best Rock Album".
William Phillips aka Tourist
Fun Fact: Disclosure affiliate Tourist aka William Phillips ALSO co-wrote that song (thief! JUST KIDDING). He is up for the Grammy along with Sam. He also has three Tourist EPs out already, and his own debut album is due this summer. You can catch him at Coachella, and today he released a Little Loud remix of his song "Illuminate" (which features Years & Years who are one of the many artists whose NYC shows were just affected by Juno). Listen to that at FADER who also interviewed him:
"It's very strange. Because I never had the intention of being a songwriter. I know the Disclosure guys, I know their management--they publish my music--and one of the people they also manage is Sam [Smith]. So they said to me, do you want to go and write a song with this guy Sam? So I did. It was half an hour. We had a Pizza Express in between. That was it. It was not a big deal, it was just a raw distillation of an idea. I just played the piano."Lucky break.
Fun Fact 2: Years and Years who appear on that Tourist track were recently awarded "Sound of 2015" by the BBC. In 2014 the award went to Sam Smith. May "Tourist" have the same luck as all the award-winning projects he is currently associated with!
Meanwhile, Dire Straits, who were up for the "Best New Artist" Grammy in 1980, are not a band anymore, but their guitarist Mark Knopfler is very busy being a solo artist. He's got a new album called Tracker due March 17 on Verve Records, and he'll be touring in support. This week he added a 2nd Beacon Theater show which just went on sale today. Tickets for the both NYC shows (10/20 and 10/21) are at Ticketmaster. All of his dates are listed, along with a stream of his new single "Beryl", below...
Drive Like Jehu in 2014 (photo by Tod Seelie)
Earlier today, we mentioned the a couple Coachella sideshows (Brand New/Built to Spill/Desaparecidos and Desaparecidos/Touche Amore/Joyce Manor), and now the full schedule of sideshows is here. There's also one with the reunited Drive Like Jehu, one with the reunited Ride and Eagulls, one with Interpol and Perfume Genius, one with Belle & Sebastian and Mac DeMarco, one with Swans and Angel Olsen, one with Father John Misty and King Tuff, two Jenny Lewis shows, a Cloud Nothings show, a War On Drugs show, a Panda Bear show, and still plenty more.
More details at Goldenvoice's website. Full schedule on the poster below...
photo: TWOD at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by PSquared)
The War on Drugs, whose 2014 album Lost in the Dream did very well in countless year-end lists and on the Pazz & Jop Poll (we loved it too), have announced another tour in support of it. We already knew they'd be at a few festivals, including Coachella, Bonnaroo and NYC's Governors Ball, and now a ton of club dates have been announced too. Most US dates are with another great Philly band, Hop Along, who have a new album on Saddle Creek coming and who just played our Red Bull Sound Select show this week.
No NYC stops besides Governors Ball announced at the moment. All dates are listed, with the video of their recent Fallon performance, below...
The Village Voice's annual Pazz + Jop music critics poll is out. While the poll comes out a lot earlier than it used to when Robert Christgau helmed it, it's still late enough to give every album released in 2014 a chance. Hence, D'Angelo's Black Messiah -- which didn't make most other lists due to being released on December 15 -- claiming the top spot. Here's the Top 10 albums:
1 D'Angelo, Black MessiahOn the singles front, Future Island's ubiquitous "Seasons," which was a full 15 points ahead of its closest competition, took the top spot. Here's the Top 10, though note there's a two-way tie for 9th:
2 Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 2
3 The War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream
4 St. Vincent, St. Vincent
5 FKA Twigs, Lp1
6 Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
7 Taylor Swift, 1989
8 Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire for No Witness
9 Spoon, They Want My Soul
10 Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues
1 Future Islands, "Seasons (Waiting on You)"Over 600 music writers' ballots were tabulated for the 2014 Pazz + Jop poll. You can peruse individual writers' ballots and read through their quippy comments. You can also click on an album or single and see who all voted for it. There are also a few think-pieces, including one on the importance of nostalgia, and "The Comfort of Being Sad."
2 FKA Twigs, "Two Weeks"
3 Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
4 Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
5 Kendrick Lamar, "I"
6 ILoveMakonnen (ft. Drake), "Tuesday"
7 Sia, "Chandelier"
8 Charli XCX, "Boom Clap"
9 Beyoncé (ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie), "***Flawless"
9 DJ Snake (ft. Lil Jon), "Turn Down for What"