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WATCH: The War On Drugs Cover The Waterboys

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve seen some pretty big performances from The War On Drugs. Whether it’s been Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Primavera or any of the other summer festivals, TWOD have proved no stage is too big for these dudes to conquer. Today, KEXP takes us on a different route, capturing Adam and Dave in quite a special number. Set in the woods of the Pendarvis farm during Pickathon, they offer a stripped down version of The Waterboys’ “A Pagan Place”. Watch above. ***Keep watching after the credits.

Be sure to catch The War On Drugs on tour! Dates listed below!

TOUR DATES:
10/04/12 Washington, DC930 Club w/ The Walkmen BUY TICKETS
10/06/12 Philadelphia, PAElectric Factory w/ The Walkmen BUY TICKETS
10/12/12 Austin, TXAustin City Limits Festival BUY TICKETS

Watch: Damien Jurado Performs Live on KEXP’s “Morning Show”

Damien Jurado recently stopped by KEXP for an in-studio on the Morning Show with John Richards. We’ve waited eagerly for the video and now we have it! Titled Damien Jurado: Bringing It All Back Home, the session features “Working Titles,” “This Time Next Year,” “So On, Nevada” and “Horizons.” Damien’s not alone on this one either; Jon Russell and Josiah Johnson of The Head and The Heart and Jessica Dobson from The Shins, as well as his band all join in. Watch above.

See Damien live this spring and summer! Dates HERE.

Exitmusic Announces New Album, Title Track Available For Download

We’ve got some incredibly exciting news. Exitmusic has a brand new full-length and it’s out May 22nd. Titled Passage, it’s the much anticipated followup to their debut EP, From Silence. Earlier this morning, KEXP premiered the title track, saying “what defines Exitmusic is their epic songwriting style that is 100% evident in their new single ‘Passage.’”

Recorded at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn with mixer Nicholas Vernhes (Dirty Projectors, Deerhunter), Church and Palladino, along with the assistance of new bandmates drummer Dru Prentiss and engineer Nicholas X, built on the chilling, beautiful aesthetic they had created as a duo when recording at home. The result is a sound that is more powerful and more nuanced, covering broad oceans of emotional terrain.

Opener and title track “Passage” is like watching a great shifting of tides through rapid time-lapse photography, introducing new dynamics in one magnificent breath. It is a statement of intent that tears down the Victorian boudoir gauze found on previous efforts. The ghosts are still piercing the veil, but now they’re throwing chairs. The song begins gently, with candlelight piano plucks, distant explosions on the horizon, aching breaths and moans. But in moments, the oceans swell and lurch as it detonates into a shower of brilliant shrapnel.

Passage is a long time in the making, and certainly worth the wait. Listen and download the title track below.

Exitmusic kicks off their tour Tuesday, February 28th at Mercury Lounge in New York. See full list of dates HERE.

Exitmusic Performs on KEXP’s Morning Show

Amidst their performances in 2011′s CMJ Music Marathon, Exitmusic met up with Seattle’s KEXP while they were stationed in NYC for festival coverage. What ensued during the live broadcast is a beautiful working of their debut ep, From Silence. Aleksa and gang don’t waste any time in filling the Cutting Room Studios with their haunting blend.

Don’t be bummed if you missed it; KEXP just released video of the entire session, as well as photos. See full coverage here. Exitmusic will play a sold out show at NYC’s Mercury Lounge later this winter with School of Seven Bells.

 

Here We Go Magic- “Collector” featured as KEXP Song of the Day!

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Today’s KEXP’s Song of the Day went out out to  “Collector” by here We Go Magic! Here’s what the folks from Seattle had to say:

It seems like the band used all of its allotted energy for their sophomore release on “Collector,” a burning, five-minute shooting star of energy through an album that otherwise feels like it’s suspended in zero gravity. While most Here We Go Magic songs don’t hesitate to take their time, “Collector” has an energetic urgency, rarely stopping to catch its breath and never drawing out a note longer than it needs to. Temple succinctly sings “I’ve got a mild fa-sci-na-tion,” quickly and carefully pronoucing every syllable of “fascination” before going on to playfully muse on collectors and the things they collect.

Check out the full description right hurr.

HWGM tour dates, after the jump!

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