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SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT // The War On Drugs Cover The Boss

THIS IS WHY THE INTERNET EXISTS. For without it, many of us would not have opportunity to have our minds blown by this gem of a cover. It is The War On Drugs playing Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ties That Bind,” originally released on The River in 1980. Adam and the gang rocked this song during a two-night stint, one of which was a New Years Eve show, at Johnny Brenda’s. Enjoy above!

Folks from WXPN’s The Key happened to be some of the lucky attendees at the NYE performance, which also featured Purling Hiss and Avery Rosewater. “As streamers popped open, confetti flew and champagne was poured, the band closed the trilogy with an outstanding, moving rendition of “Come To The City,” the centerpiece of their 2011 album ‘Slave Ambient.’ But the show was just getting going.” Read the full review and check out photos HERE.

WATCH: The War On Drugs Play the Late Show with David Letterman

“There’s a lot of music going on here, folks,” said David Letterman last night after The War On Drugs performance. Indeed, TWOD took the Late Show stage and did what they do best – put on one hell of a show. Guests for the evening included Rob Lowe and Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, who gifted Adam backstage with that sweet bolo he wears during the show. How nice!

Playing “Come to the City” off of Slave Ambient, the group was joined by THE Paul Shaffer (note the high five exchange between Robbie and Paul after finishing) and an incredible horn section. It was the second late night tv performance for the guys, who performed on Fallon earlier this year. Watch above! (Don’t miss the Pacers exchange between Adam and David after David tries to buy Steven’s drums. FYI: Steven’s a huge Pacers fan! Wooo!)

Watch The War On Drugs on Pitchfork.tv


Pitchfork.tv caught The War On Drugs in New York earlier this year. Check out an absolutely transcending live performance of “Come to the City” off of this year’s Slave Ambient along with a great interview with the band, and intro from front man Adam Granduciel. The War On Drugs are on the home stretch of their current North American tour that’ll finish up with two shows: Dec. 12 in New York opening for The National at Beacon Theatre and a hometown show with fellow Phiadelphians Sun Airway at Union Transfer on Dec. 17. After the holidays you’ll be able to catch The War On Drugs in Europe in February and on tour with Sharon Van Etten starting in March. Check out the full tour dates HERE. Spin.com has a great retrospective of The War On Drugs’ touring exploits this year with photos taken by WOD bassist Dave Hartley who captures some brilliant moments.

The War On Drugs Announce 2012 Tour Dates with Sharon Van Etten. New Come to the City 7-inch Single Out in January

With touring dates yet to come in 2011, The War On Drugs are already casting big plans for 2012. After a February spent touring Europe The War On Drugs will set their sights on America, touring the West on a truly epic bill with Sharon Van Etten. With their new album Slave Ambient receiving the coveted “Best New Music” and already a front runner for one of 2011′s albums of the year, The War On Drugs have been heavily praised for their recorded material. Live the band continues to cast a spell creating “a magical wormhole out of electricity, muscle and faded blue jeans” (LA Times). It’s a performance that “not only lives up to the hype behind the new album; but definitely surpasses it” (Jambase). The Minneapolis City Pages upon seeing WOD live simply stated:
“The War On Drugs… confidently delivered one of the best shows of the year.” Catch the War On Drugs in December in the Midwest and East with newly annouced opener Sub Pop recording artist Still Corners; and starting today you can purchase tickets for WOD’s March tour with Sharon Van Etten. Check out the full tour dates RIGHT HERE.

In other news, January 24 The War On Drugs will release the new Come to the City 7-inch single, featuring the sprawling centerpiece to Slave Ambient with the previously unreleased “Don’t Fear the Ghost” b-side.

 

The War on Drugs: The Comic!!

Well, if this just isn’t making our Friday morning. On September 27, The War on Drugs capped off their incredible European tour with a show at London’s Corsica Studios (followed the next morning with a BBC 6 radio session for Lauren Laverne). UK publication The Stool Pigeon sent illustrator David Z. Greene to the Corsica show to capture the evening with his pen. Greene’s incredible illustrated tale of the night is above for your reading pleasure.

The War on Drugs begin a second run of US dates next week, and recently announced a December tour to close out a great year in support of the excellent Slave Ambient including a New York City show at The Beacon Theatre opening for The National. See all upcoming tour dates HERE, and keep out an eye for more exciting WoD news soon.

Also this week, WoD’s Adam Granduciel was featured on Pitchfork’s Guest List in which he pitched a collaboration with Larry David in earnest.

 

AUDIO

Blue Chicago Moon by Songs: Ohia
Faust by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
All White Everything by JJ
Wedding Day by Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon
Her Ghost by Woman's Hour
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams) by Major Lazer
Pulsing (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod

VIDEOS

Runaway by Electric Youth

Dynasti by JJ

Sunspot by Suuns

COMING SOON

Songs: Ohia
Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Edition)
2XCD / 2XLP

SHOWS TODAY

I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
Austin, TX - The Belmont  w/ ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

The War On Drugs
Paris, FR - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris

Tig Notaro
Maui, HI - Maui Comedy Festival at Longhi's

Woman's Hour
Copenhagen, DK - Ideal Bar

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