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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.

The Great Basketball Whisperer // Nightlands’ Dave Hartley Writes Sports Column for WXPN

Dave Hartley is a man of many things. You’ve come to know him as the bassist in The War On Drugs and leader of Nightlands – a gentle giant and sci-fi fanatic. Today, we recognize him as the great basketball whisperer. Perhaps we gave you a preview of this when we highlighted Dave’s work for IMPOSE. We are only solidifying his love for the game now. WXPN just announced Dave will head up their new sports column, Top Of The Key. Don’t believe us? Check out that awesome photo of Dave strong arming Baron Davis. GO DAVE!

To put it bluntly, Hartley is a basketball freak with a encyclopedic knowledge of the game.” – WXPN
(you better believe it)

Back to the point. Dave’s first column is now up for your reading pleasure. He so kindly spells out why Andrew Bynum’s injury is not an end-all for the 76er’s. Read the column HERE.

Listen // Yeasayer Perform Live on WXPN’s World Cafe, Interview Too

Listen up! Yeasayer stopped by Philadelphia’s WXPN for a live in-studio performance and interview with David Dye on World Cafe. The four-song set includes “Longevity, “Demon Road,” “Blue Paper” and an especially grooving take of “Henrietta.” All songs are from their August 2012 release, Fragrant World. Songs and interview available HERE.

“…the band’s latest album, Fragrant World, marks a departure: Density is no longer the name of the game. With its (relatively) spare arrangements, Fragrant World is less about stacking lots of pretty sounds on top of one another, and more about tightening the focus on the individual elements of each song.” – Dave Dye, World Cafe

The War on Drugs’ Adam Granduciel drops by The Key

Earlier this month, The War on Drugs dropped by WXPN to do a live, Free at Noon performance broadcast to fans and listeners everywhere. What you might’ve missed, though, is that Drugs frontman Adam Granduciel also did a solo acoustic set for XPN’s local music site, The Key.

The session, which strips down “Brothers,” “Best Night,” and “Black Water Falls,” is a gorgeous, intimate reimagination of these songs, and proof that “solo acoustic” needn’t be a four letter word. Host John Vettese describes, “all due respect to bandmates and sonic co-conspirators Dave Hartley, Robbie Bennett, and Steven Urgo, you can knock the fancy autidory architecture away and the music holds up.”

Click HERE to hear ‘em, click HERE to see ‘em.

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Her Ghost by Woman's Hour
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Red Eyes by The War On Drugs
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