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The War on Drugs





Weekend Warrior, July 27 - 29

WXPN’s XPoNential Fest is back for its 25th year at the Camden Waterfront, merging nationally acclaimed acts and those emerging on the local forefront. And when those two concepts come to a head and someone from the neighborhood gains wide-ranging recognition, it’s a sweet spot for the community as a whole. Such is the case with grammy-award winners and Saturday evening headliners The War On Drugs. The long-time Deli faves have the ability to lyrically cut to the core, before soaring through the skies with their guitar-fueled jams. Also, earlier in the afternoon, fresh off Thursday’s performance at Ortlieb’s, the trio of Hurry offers a breezy, open songbook that is simultaneously melodic and self-reflecting. Much like “Hanging On” from their latest LP Every Little Thought suggests, once those soothing, earnest, power-pop ditties take hold, they’ll become something that one will consistently revisit. This Sunday, Sofia Verbilla, a.k.a. Harmony Woods, showcases a keen attention to detail in songwriting, shrinking the distance and thus increasing the impact in the process. And of course, you do not want to miss the legendary David Byrne (of the Talking Heads) kicking things off tonight at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival, presented by Subaru. – Michael Colavita

Other places to hit this summer weekend…

XPoNential Music Festival (Camden Waterfront) FRI Greg Sover Band, Swift Technique, SAT The War On Drugs, Hurry &More (Donn T & Chill Moody), Katie Frank, SUN Mt. Joy, Harmony Woods 

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SUN Cheap Dinosaurs

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Queen of Jeans, SAT Ill Doots (Record Release), Rover Rover, SUN Dark Thoughts

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Green Meteor/DJSC, SAT Heavy Temple, Sonja/Fame Lust, SUN Narcos Family Band

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT NAH, Kilamanzego, Ada Babar, Kasra Kurt, SUN Hallucinogenic Bulb, Yeenar

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Worriers

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI JGriff & Lil Zip

TLA (334 South St.) SAT Warchyld

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT DJ Lean Wit It, Swizzymack

Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.)  FRI-SUN This Is Hardcore: FRI Please Die, SAT Year of the Knife, SUN Wisdom in Chains, Jesus Piece

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) DJ Rahsaan/(Downstairs) Osler Circle: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Benefit 

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The PLIBmen, SAT Tortuga, SUN Philly DJ Showcase

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Long Miles, Stella Ruze, The Tisburys, SAT The Quixote Project

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Stealing From Thieves, Turnbull Green, SAT Goodnight/Goodluck, The Standing Cinema , Rally/Suburban Living (DJ Set)

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Moonstriker, SUN The Mountain Chiefs, Countdown from Ten, Cellar Fox/Hypothetical

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Who? What? When? Why? & Werewolves

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SAT DJ Deejay, SUN The Whiskeyhickon Boys, Darlingtyn

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Sheena and Thee Nosebleeds, The Mojo Machine, Full Bush, Thee Minks

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT DJ Marco

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SUN Gypsy Wisdom

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SAT DJ Brian Toll

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI Sniper Caprice, Hashgrinder, SAT Bear/moth

The Tusk (430 South St.) SAT A Ship Named Beagle, Overcoming Gravity

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Cowbell Superstar, Naps Past Noon, Jac With No K, Brad + Nicole

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Echoes: the American Pink Floyd, Brian Fitzy

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) FRI The Lot, Seeing Snakes, Bern & the Bastards, SAT  Burial Fog 

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Slingshot Dakota, Ramona, SUN Supine, Binary, Computer

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Peyote Cathedral, Mirrorsigns

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Woody

The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Pollen, Devil Master Zorn

Tundra Dome (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Fleabite

Goo Lagoon (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Beach Bod





New The War On Drugs LP Available for Streaming

After some technical difficulty, you can now stream The War On Drugs' new full-length album A Deeper Understanding in its entirety for the next 24 hours HERE. The LP officially comes out this Friday, August 25 via Atlantic Records. You can also catch The War On Drugs live in Philly on Thursday, September 21 at the Dell Music Center for Connor Barwin’s Make The World Better Foundation benefit concert. Enjoy!





New Track: "Accidentally Like A Martyr" (Warren Zevon Cover) - The War On Drugs

Hometown heroes The War On Drugs have a new album coming out on August 25 via Atlantic Records, entitled A Deeper Understanding. To help warm up for their upcoming North American/European tour, the band played an intimate performance on June 8, 2017 at the beloved Bowery Ballroom, and while in NYC, they also stopped by Spotify Studios to lay down some promotional recordings, which included a cover of Warren Zevon's "Accidentally Like A Martyr" (below), off his 1978 album Excitable Boy. You can catch The War On Drugs performing next in Philly on Thursday, September 21 at the Dell Music Center.





New Music Video: "You're Silver" - Nightlands

Nightlands, a.k.a. Dave Hartley (The War on Drugs), recently released a new album, I Can Feel the Night Around Me, via Western Vinyl. Cruising through the streets with a behind-the-wheel and then an overhead, coastal viewpoint, the video for “You’re Silver," which was co-directed by Daniel Fox and Matthew Marchlewski, captures the smooth intensity of the surrounding environment. Soothing, soulful vocals layer as the gentle, gliding groove coasts those harmonies into gear. Nightlands will headline a bill on Saturday, May 27 at Johnny Brenda's, and will be supported by The Dove & The Wolf and The Building. 





New Track: "The Smell Of Us" - The Dove & The Wolf

The Dove & The Wolf have a new EP I Don’t Know What To Feel, which was produced by Dave Hartley (The War On Drugs, Nightlands) and Nick Krill (The Spinto Band, Teen Men). The lead single “The Smell Of Us” focuses on the duality of living within the temporarily fantasy created in intimacy, while simultaneously understanding the changing tides of reality. Those complex thoughts are delivered in a percussively snappy breezy pop daydream. Catch their record release, which also includes Jesse Hale Moore, June 15 at Johnny Brenda’s. 

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