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WATCH // The War On Drugs Make Daytime Television Debut On The Ellen Degeneres Show, Announce Performance At The Greek Theatre In LA Oct. 16

2015 is shaping up to be The Year On Drugs. Add The Ellen Degeneres Show to a long list of killer performances for the crew from Philadelphia. Yesterday, The War On Drugs made their daytime television debut with a fiery showing of Lost In the Dream’s ‘Red Eyes’, and per Ellen’s personal request, ‘Under The Pressure’ for a web exclusive. Watch it here.

Currently in the midst of a three week tour across North America, this summer is shaping up to be a busy one for the band. In addition to their many festival performances including Sasquatch, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Field Trip, Forecastle, and Lollapalooza, The War On Drugs have announced a special performance at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles On Friday, Oct. 16. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 24th at 10am PT here. Full ticket dates and links below.

Lost in the Dream is available now from your local record store, SC Distribution, Amazon, or on iTunes.

The War On Drugs Tour Dates

[All dates + tickets here:]
Thu. May 21 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Sat. May 23 – George, WA @ Sasquatch
Sun. May 24 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre – SOLD OUT
Sat. June 6 – Toronto, ON @ Field Trip Music Festival
Sun. June 7 – New York, NY @ The Governors Ball Music Festival
Mon. June 8 – Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
Tue. June 9 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Wed. June 10 – Covington, KY @ The Madison Theater
Thu. June 11 – Sun. June 14 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
Fri. June 12 – Indianapolis, IN @ Vogue
Mon. June 15 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
Tue. June 16 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason
Wed. June 17 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham Theatre
Thu. June 18 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos
Sat. June 20 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club – SOLD OUT
Sat. June 21 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
Thu. June 25 – Sun. June 28 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
Fri. June 26 – St. Gallen, CH @ Open Air
Sun. June 28 – De Groene Heuvels, NL @ Down The Rabbit Hole
Mon. June 29 – Koln, DE @ Live Music Hall
Wed. July 1 – Sat. July 4 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
Thu. July 2 – Sun. July 5 – Barcelona, ES @ Vida Festival
Sun. July 5 – Montreux, CH @ Montreux Jazz Festival
Mon. July 6 – Paris, FR @ Days Off Festival
Tue. July 7 – Luxembourg City, LU @ den Atelier
Thu. July 9 – Sheffield, UK @ 02 Academy
Fri. July 10 – Perthshire, Scotland, UK @ T in the Park
Fri. July 16 – Pemberton, BC @ Pemberton Music Festival
Sat. July 18 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Music Festival
Fri. July 31 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
Tue. Aug. 11 – Sat. Aug. 15 – Oslo, NO @ Oya
Thu. Aug. 13 – Sat. Aug. 15 – Gothenburg, SE @ Way Out West
Fri. Aug. 14 – Sun. Aug 16 – Helsinki, FI @ Flow Festival
Sat. Aug. 15 – Rees-Haldern, DE @ Haldern Pop Festival 2015
Mon. Aug. 17 – Prague, CZ @ Lucerna Music Bar
Tue. Aug. 18 – Vienna, AU @ Arena
Fri. Aug. 21 – Tabuao, PT @ Paredes de Coura
Sat. Aug. 22 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop Festival
Fri. Sep. 4 – Sat. Sep. 5 – Laois, IE @ Electric Picnic
Sun. Sep. 6 – Wiltshire, UK @ End Of The Road Festival
Fri. Oct. 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre

LISTEN UP // Dungeonesse Share New Track – “Nightlight”

Hump day just got a little better. Dungeonesse share a new cut from their forthcoming debut, out officially on May 14. Titled “Nightlight,” the song premiered earlier today at Pitchfork. It’s a break-up song of sorts and an especially impressive display of Jenn Wasner’s vocal talents. Stream above.

We understand many of you are itching for pre-order details. Sit tight, we’ll have links on links very soon.

MUSIC GO MUSIC Announce Full-Length Debut, Expressions

LA’s mysterious, cosmic disco group know as MUSIC GO MUSIC have readied a debut full-length, Expressions, due Oct. 6, in both vinyl and compact disc formats. Expressions collects Music Go Music’s previous, highly acclaimed 12″ releases all for the fantastical merriment of your mind and body. Read about how members Torg, Gala Bell and Kamar Maza created the pop revelation that is Expressions (complete with footnotes!) HERE.

Here is what music’s illuminati has said about the songs of Music Go Music:

“When people talk about the rebirth of disco, this is how it should be, manic zombifications reanimated from the Abba songbook, wired with Philip K Dick paranoia and Donna Summer euphoria.” — NME

“They begin with a bright-eyed Scandinavian sashay and end with a ten-minute Mediterranean disco romp featuring programmed drums, making detours along the way into rainy day ballads and guitar infernos. The cumulative effect plays like the greatest hits of dance saviors that never existed…and indeed, they probably should only be performed from inside an aquadome at the bottom of the Caspian Sea, or at least during a summer-long residency in Ibiza.” — Fader

“There is a late seventies, post-‘I Feel Love’ disco feel to ‘Warm in the Shadows,’ and, whether or not it was their ambition to find that sound, it’s nonetheless a mightily refreshing dose of looseness and euphoria… One thing is for sure: the ambition for a long-lasting dynasty of overblown, slightly crackpot pop excess is there. ” – Stool Pigeon

Secretly Canadian To Release Debut By MUSIC GO MUSIC

On 5/20/08, Secretly Canadian will release the first 12″ in a series of vinyl releases by the band Music Go Music.

Music Go Music have the simple syrup of pop extravagance running through their veins. These arena-sized songs are composed with such savage efficiency that you find yourself humming along before two bars have gone by. They are as assured and crafted as ABBA and ELO’s best songs of ’76, yet Music Go Music sounds fresh. They’ve exploded the formulas from the inside out, sounding like a hundred others and no one else. “Light of Love” is a true celebration of pop music’s potential – laying a thin sheen of magic over the world around it, and making the tedious bits of the human experience a little less so.

Thirty years ago these songs would have been recorded by coke-fueled session musicians and millionaire producers in Nassau or Stockholm for $5000 a day. They would have been performed in huge arenas and played in every mall as the soundtrack to the prom queen’s shopping spree. It was music made by the few for the very, very many. Thirty years on, it could only be re-imagined by a band whose members came of age playing music in the tradition of those that ended up killing it off: the punkers. Now that punk’s branches sag heavy with the crass kudzu of of x-treme ubiquity (Hot Topic, wallet chains, totally-in-your-face Mountain Dew commercials), its old nemesis has become the new underdog. This time it’s leaner, wiser, and has been distilled down to an essence of the bloated dinosaur that it grew into the last time around. There are no wasted notes, no fat, no filler. “Light of Love” plays like the first three tracks of a future Greatest Hits album.

“Speak to me, darling, in hushed tones. Tell me your heart’s true desire” sings Gala Bell on the title track, equal parts Debby Harry, Karen Carpenter, and Kate Bush. Maybe it’s the wonderfully layered vocals, maybe the rich synth textures, maybe their impossibly uplifting nature, but there is something immediately familiar about these songs. At first listen, we’re inexorably drawn into their sphere. For at least a moment, we are surrounded by the halo of their refracted energy – we can bask in the light of love.

MP3 for “Light of Love”

Secretly Canadian Artist Page

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THE WAR ON DRUGS hit the road to support forthcoming debut Wagonwheel Blues

The War on Drugs are taking their show on the road this summer. First up is a string of US dates in May and June supporting Bishop Allen and Blood on the Wall, followed by a trip to Europe for the August festival season. Stay tuned for more dates as they are announced.

05/05/08 New York, NY – Piano’s Brooklyn Vegans Rock and ROFL
05/14/08 Northampton, MA – Iron Horse w/ Bishop Allen
05/15/08 Boston, MA – Middle East (Downstairs) w/ Bishop Allen
05/16/08 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Bishop Allen
05/18/08 Washington DC, – The Black Cat w/ Bishop Allen
05/21/08 Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop w/ Blood On The Wall
05/22/08 Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick w/ Blood On The Wall
05/23/08 Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle w/ Blood On The Wall
06/07/08 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
08/08/08 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
08/09/08 Venlo, Netherlands – Zomerparkfeest
08/15/08 Crockhowell, Wales – Green Man Festival

Wagonwheel Blues is being released in the US on June 17, 2008, and in the UK on 2 June 2008.

Check out the band’s myspace page here


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