Mixing the grand-scale guitar attack of Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine with a melodic sense and lyrical perspective that recalls Bob Dylan roaring down Highway 61, Philadelphia’s the War on Drugs are the creation of a pair of Dylan fans, Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile, who met at a party in 2003. After several drinks, Granduciel and Vile discovered their shared fascination with the Bard of Minnesota, and began working on songs together. By 2005, the pair had enough material to launch a proper band, and the War on Drugs were born. With Granduciel and Vile fronting the band, a variety of accompanists drifted in and out of the lineup before the War on Drugs settled on a stable lineup of Granduciel on vocals, guitar, and keyboards; Vile on guitar and vocals; Charlie Hall on organ and drums; Dave Hartley on bass; and Kyle Lloyd on drums and percussion. While the War on Drugs were hesitant to quit their jobs and begin touring extensively, the band became a frequent presence on the Philadelphia music scene and impressed out-of-towners during occasional gigs in New York City. In 2007, the band completed its debut EP, a five-song set called Barrel of Batteries, posted online as a free download. Positive press for both the EP and the group’s powerful live shows caught the attention of the noted independent label Secretly Canadian, which signed the band, releasing its first full-length album, Wagonwheel Blues, in June 2008. However, by the end of that year, Vile, Hall and Lloyd all departed the band, with Vile making a name for himself as a solo artist soon after. Drummer Mike Zanghi joined Granduciel and Hartley, a lineup that made its recorded debut with 2010’s mini-album Future Weather. Multi-instrumentalist Robbie Bennett joined the fold for 2011’s Slave Ambient, the band’s second proper album.

Review Of 'The War On Drugs' Live at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio

Review: ‘The War On Drugs’ Live in Columbus

On Wednesday, September 17th, , The War on Drugs had Columbus, Ohio’s Newport Music Hall packed to the brim for the band’s sold-out show in the capital city. As the stage lights turned blue, the crowd swayed to “My Back Pages” by The Byrds, transporting everyone to a past era of music. It’s a feeling:

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She Keeps Bees reveal new single "Radiance", from their new album 'Eight Houses' out 9/16 on Future Gods Records, She Keeps Bees play August 29 in Seattle

She Keeps Bees share single “Radiance”

Today She Keeps Bees have revealed a new single from their new album, Eight Houses, out September 16th on Future Gods Records. With Eight Houses, the album finds She Keeps Bees working with an outside producer, Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter:

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Peter Matthew Bauer (The Walkmen) Tours this fall With The War On Drugs and Delta Spirit, starting October 2nd in Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

Peter Matthew Bauer And The War On Drugs Tour

Peter Matthew Bauer (The Walkmen) Tours this fall With The War On Drugs and Delta Spirit, starting October 2nd in Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Peter Matthew Bauer’s ‘Liberation’ LP is now out on Mexican Summer records:

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The War On Drugs premiere their new video for the single "Under The Pressure" from their album 'Lost In The Dream' The War on Drugs play next 9/4 in Raleigh

The War On Drugs Debut “Under The Pressure”

While The War On Drugs’ “Red Eyes” continues to be one of the strongest singles of the year, the band is bringing focus to another one of Lost In The Dream’s many excellent songs with the new video for second single, “Under The Pressure.” The:

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