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Watch: Nightlands (The War on Drugs’ Dave Hartley) - “You’re Silver” Video

I Can Feel the Night Around Me Out Now via Western Vinyl

May 17, 2017

Nightlands is the Philadelphia-based project of Dave Hartley, who is the longtime bassist of The War on Drugs. A couple of weeks back the third Nightlands albumI Can Feel the Night Around Me, was released via Western Vinyl. More

The War on Drugs Announce Fall North American and European Tour Dates

"Thinking of a Place" Single Out Now via Atlantic

Apr 28, 2017

The War on Drugs recently released a brand new 11-minute long song, "Thinking of a Place," for Record Store Day. Now they announced an extensive fall tour that covers North America and parts of Europe.  More

Apr 21, 2017

The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream was our #1 album of 2014 and a lot of other people agreed with us too. There have been hints that the band's major label debut (they moved from Secretly Canadian to Atlantic in 2015) might be on the way this year and yesterday the band shared a brief new video that featured a snippet of instrumental music and cut together black & white photos of the band in the recording studio. Now the band have shared a previously announced new song, "Thinking of a Place," which will be released as a 12-inch single on Record Store Day tomorrow. More

The War on Drugs Tease New Music with Social Media Video

Is the Follow-up to Lost in the Dream Going to Be Announced Soon?

Apr 20, 2017

The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream was our #1 album of 2014 and a lot of other people agreed with us too.  More

100 Artists Sign Guitar for Planned Parenthood - Michael Stipe, Florence Welch, Feist, and More

Plus Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Mac DeMarco, Lady Gaga, Arctic Monkey's Alex Turner, Jim James, Matt Berninger, Perfume Genius, and Others

Apr 17, 2017

Over 100 artists have signed an acoustic guitar for Planned Parenthood and for $10 you can buy a drawing ticket to enter to win the guitar.  More

Mar 24, 2016

Last week The National revealed the tracklist and release date for for their Grateful Dead tribute compilation Day Of The Dead. Now they’ve shared five songs featuring some well-known musicians: The War On Drugs' “Touch Of Grey,” Courtney Barnett’s “New Speedway Boogie,” Bruce Hornsby and Justin Vernon’s old band DeYarmond Edison's “Black Muddy River,” The National's “Morning Dew,” and Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis and Friends cover of “Sugaree." More

The War on Drugs Sign to Atlantic Records

Band Goes Major Label for Two-Album Deal

Jun 12, 2015

The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream was our #1 album of 2014 and a lot of other people agreed with us too. So it's no surprise that they've been scooped by a major label following the end of their stint with indie label Secretly Canadian. More

Apr 21, 2015

Yesterday in a strange cultural mash-up, The War on Drugs performed "Red Eyes" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, making their daytime television debut.  More

Watch: The War on Drugs on “Kimmel”

Performs "Under the Pressure" and "Disappearing"

Apr 14, 2015

Continuing to revel in the success of his critically acclaimed album Lost in the DreamThe War on Drugs, aka Adam Granduciel, was welcomed as the musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! More

Check Out Photos from SXSW 2015 of The War on Drugs, Courtney Barnett, Laura Marling, and More

Plus Shots of The Twilight Sad, Twin Peaks, Only Real, Ibeyi, Tom Brosseau, Jess Williamson, and Seoul

Mar 27, 2015

Under the Radar's own Wendy Lynch Redfern was down in Austin for SXSW last week. Here's a selection of her live photos from non-Under the Radar events. More

The War on Drugs Add Tour Dates

Supporting Lost in the Dream

Mar 06, 2015

Recently launching an extensive tour behind his critically-acclaimed album Lost in the DreamThe War on Drugs, aka Adam Granduciel, has announced even more shows surrounding his upcoming appearances at Coachella, Governor's Ball, Sasquatch and Bonnaroo. More

The War on Drugs Announce Tour

Lost in the Dream Out Now

Jan 16, 2015

Responsible for Under the Radar's Best Album of 2014The War on Drugs, a.k.a. Adam Granduciel, has announced plans for a new set of shows this spring.  More

Jan 07, 2015

The War on Drugs made our favorite album of 2014, and now they’re flaunting that fact on late night TV. More

Under the Radar Announces Best of 2014 Issue with St. Vincent on the Cover

Issue 52 Also Includes Interviews with Jenny Lewis, The War on Drugs, James Franco, Ariel Pink vs. Panda Bear, Jason Schwartzman vs. Real Estate, the Cast of The Walking Dead, "Weird Al" Yankovic, The Flaming Lips, Sharon Van Etten, and More.

Dec 19, 2014

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of the Best of 2014 Issue, which is about to hit newsstands and will be out all of January and February. It features St. Vincent on the cover and interviews with some of the artists behind 2014's best albums. More

Dec 16, 2014

Belle & SebastianCaribou, and The War on Drugs are all slated to play Way Out West this August.  More

Oct 31, 2014

Last night The War on Drugs were welcomed as the musical guest on Conan. More

Watch: The War on Drugs – “Under the Pressure” Video

Lost In the Dream is Out Now Via Secretly Canadian

Aug 20, 2014

The War on Drugs’ nine-minute jam “Under the Pressure” has gotten the video treatment.  More

Subscribe for Two Years and Get a Free CD and Complimentary Digital Magazine Access

Includes Albums by The War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, Temples, Liars, Mac DeMarco, Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, Charli XCX, and More

Jul 15, 2014

Take out a two-year print subscription to Under the Radar and receive a free CD in the mail. Current choices include recent albums by The War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, Temples, Liars, Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, Charli XCX, Mac DeMarco, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kevin Drew (of Broken Social Scene), Connan Mockasin, and more. More

Jul 08, 2014

The War on Drugs stopped by Letterman last night and played "Red Eyes" off their latest album, Lost In the Dream. More

Under the Radar Announces the June/July Issue Featuring Future Islands on the Cover

Also featuring interviews with Slowdive, Slow Club, First Aid Kit, Lykke Li, James McAvoy, The Horrors, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The War on Drugs vs. Sharon Van Etten, and More

May 23, 2014

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of the June/July issue, which is on newsstands now. It features Future Islands on the cover as well as interviews with Slow ClubLykke Li, The Pains of Being Pure at HeartThe Horrors, SlowdiveThe War on Drugs vs. Sharon Van EttenFirst Aid KitJames McAvoyJohn Slattery, tUnE-yArDs, and more. More

Watch: The War on Drugs’ KEXP Session

Lost In The Dream is out now via Secretly Canadian

Apr 10, 2014

The War on Drugs recently stopped by the ever-dependable KEXP to record a live session.  More

Mar 31, 2014

We’re not the only ones with a serious love for The War on Drugs. My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James recently joined the band onstage in Portland. More

Mar 25, 2014

Oh come on, like their great new album Lost the Dream isn’t reason enough to go see The War of Drugs live. More

Download War on The Drugs’ Recent New York Show

Lost in the Dream Is Out Now Via Secretly Canadian

Mar 24, 2014

We’ve all spent the appropriate amount of time listening to The War on Drugs’ excellent new album Lost in the Dream, right?  More

Mar 10, 2014

Next week Philadelphia outfit The War on Drugs will release their latest album Lost in the Dream. More

Watch: The War on Drugs – “Red Eyes”

Lost in the Dream Due Out March 18

Mar 05, 2014

Lost the DreamThe War on Drugs’ new album, is due out March 18. Ahead of that, here’s the video for album track “Red Eyes.”  More

Dec 04, 2013

Philadelphia outfit The War on Drugs have announced the follow-up to their 2011 sophomore album Slave Ambient. More

Oct 13, 2012

On Friday October 12, the Austin City Limits Music Festival kicked off in Austin, TX. We sent photographer Robert Redfield down to capture the action. Check out his photos of Tegan and Sara, M83, Florence and the Machine, The War on Drugs, First Aid Kit, Patrick Watson, Alabama Shakes and Esperanza SpaldinhereMore

Apr 26, 2012

Making their late night television debut earlier this year on Fallon, The War on Drugs made their second network appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman last night.  More

Digital Version of Under the Radar’s Best of 2011 Issue Contains 100 Pages of Bonus Content

Additional Bonus Interviews With: Future Islands, Metronomy, Zola Jesus and More

Mar 10, 2012

Just a reminder that the not-to-be-missed digital version of Under the Radar’s “Best of 2011” issue (available for Mac, PC, iPad, and Android via Zinio here) includes the same articles that appear in the printed version—plus 100 extra pages of editorial content not found in the print edition. Included are extra photos of BeirutBon IverThe HorrorsM83Slow ClubSummer Camp, and tUnE-yArDs. The digital version features exclusive bonus interviews with Big Black DeltaFuture IslandsHooray for EarthLanterns on the LakeMetronomyThe Pains of Being Pure at HeartReal EstateThe War on DrugsWild Flag, and Zola Jesus. More

Jan 26, 2012

The War on Drugs have released a music video for their Slave Ambient track "Brothers" and boy is it a nail-biter. More

Jan 11, 2012

Yesterday, following the stream release of their new single B-side "Don't Fear the Ghost," Philadelphia's The War on Drugs made their television debut last night performing the Slave Ambient track "Baby Missiles" on Late Night with Jimmy FallonMore

Jan 10, 2012

In two weeks on Jan. 24, Philadelphia quartet The War on Drugs are set to stretch the awarenenss of last year's stanout album Slave Ambient by releasing "Come to the City" as a single.  More

Under the Radar Announces Best of 2011 Issue Featuring Three Covers: Bon Iver, M83, and The Horrors

Plus: Florence and the Machine, Beirut, PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi, SBTRKT, R.E.M., and more

Dec 23, 2011

Under the Radar's Best of 2011 Issue has shipped out to subscribers and will be hitting newsstands soon. The issue features three unique covers, each featuring an artist behind one of our Top 5 albums of the year: M83The Horrors, and Bon Iver. The issue also takes a look back at other artists who have made a splash in 2011, including BeirutAnna CalviEMAFlorence and the MachineGang Gang DanceNeon IndianPJ HarveyR.E.M.SBTRKT, Slow ClubSt. VincentSummer Camp, tUnE-yArDs, and Yuck. More

The War On Drugs Extend Tour

Philly Act Announce New Dates for 2012, Including Jimmy Fallon Appearance

Dec 08, 2011

Philadelphia's The War On Drugs have extended their seemingly endless tour in support of Slave Ambient, including their late night debut on Jimmy Fallon. We have the details. More

New Dates Added to The War On Drugs Tour

December Added to North American Tour

Sep 28, 2011

In support of their boss-gaze heavy new album Slave Ambient, The War On Drugs have just added December to their North American tour More

Listen: “Snake Tongues” by The War on Drugs

Call it the Return of Boss-gaze

Sep 02, 2011

Boss-gaze rides again? We certainly hope so. Today, The War on Drugs dropped a new track called “Snake Tongues” from the forthcoming cassette version of Slave Ambient. We have the track.  More

Watch: The War on Drugs “Come to the City” Video

Also Stream Forthcoming New Album, Slave Ambient

Aug 02, 2011

The War on Drugs have released a video for single "Come to the City," which taken from their forthcoming sophomore album, Slave Ambient, due out August 16 via Secretly Canadian. More

Under the Radar Announces Summer Issue and St. Vincent Cover

Issue Also Features Stephen Malkmus vs. Gus Van Sant, M83, The Horrors, Washed Out, Bon Iver vs. Fugazi, WU LYF, Dum Dum Girls, and much more

Jul 28, 2011

Under the Radar’s Summer 2011 Issue has just hit stands. It features St. Vincent on the cover and includes articles on M83, Bon Iver vs. Fugazi, The Horrors, Washed Out, Stephen Malkmus vs. Gus Van Sant, WU LYF, Dum Dum Girls, Friendly Fires, Memory Tapes, John Maus, Niki & The Dove, Purity Ring, Youth Lagoon, and many others; as well as over 115 reviews. The digital version of the magazine also includes 50 extra pages of bonus content, including articles on My Morning Jacket, The Rapture, Eleanor Friedberger, Handsome Furs, Moonface, Stephin Merritt, Laurel Halo, and more. More

The War on Drugs Add More Tour Dates and Announce Cassette Release with New Tracks

Slave Ambient Due August 16, Cassette Version Includes Six Exclusive B-sides

Jul 27, 2011

The War on Drugs will be releasing their sophomore effort, Slave Ambient, August 16 via Secretly Canadian. Check out the new tour dates. More

Watch: The War on Drugs “Baby Missiles”

Slave Ambient Out August 16

Jul 07, 2011

Ahead of their forthcoming full-length Slave Ambient (out August 16 via Secretly Canadian), The War on Drugs dropped this lo-fi video for album track, “Baby Missiles.”  More

The War on Drugs Hits the Road This August

Taking the Act International

Jun 02, 2011

In support of their sophomore album Slave Ambient (out August 16 via Secretly Canadian), The War on Drugs is set to battle their way through an international tour. More

The War on Drugs Announce New Album

'Slave Ambient' Drops August 16

May 09, 2011

Philadelphia-based indie rockers The War on Drugs announced today the much-anticipated release of their sophomore LP, Slave Ambient.We have the details. More

Dec 13, 2010

For Under the Radar’s 8th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2010. Pick up a copy of Under the Radar’s Year End issue for interviews with: The Antlers, Bon Iver, Caribou, Club 8, Delphic, Rose Elinor Dougall, Gayngs, Hot Chip, Lost in the Trees, Love is All, The Love Language, Mogwai, of Montreal, Okkervil River, Yoko Ono, Owen Pallett, Plants and Animals, Mark Ronson, Superchunk, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, Sharon Van Etten, and Vivian Girls. Today we posted web exclusive surveys with Jamie Stewart (Blue Water, White Death/Xiu Xiu), The Mary Onettes, and Dave Hartley (Nightlands/The War on Drugs). More


Interviews

2014 Artist Survey: The War on Drugs and Nightlands

Dave Hartley on 2014's Best Albums, Michael Brown, U2 Giving Away Their Album, and "Bread Eyes"

Feb 17, 2015

For Under the Radar's 12th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2014. Here are some answers from Dave Hartley of both The War on Drugs and Nightlands. More

Dec 12, 2014

Even if Lost in the Dream hadn't become The War on Drugs' breakthrough album, the story of its creation could have become the stuff of legend. The album was born of six months of isolated songwriting sessions in Adam Granduciel's Philadelphia home while the songwriter endured a nervous breakdown of sorts. He often retreated to his bedroom with paralyzing panic attacks. He obsessively and meticulously constructed the album layer by layer in the studio, keenly aware that almost any choice—a certain guitar texture here or a drum pattern there—could push the album in a completely different direction. Just what kind of album was he making? He didn't know. Would anyone care? It was impossible to say. More

The War on Drugs vs. Sharon Van Etten

The Road from Here to There

Sep 16, 2014

It's hard not to be a third wheel when listening in on a conversation between Sharon Van Etten and The War on Drugs' Adam Granduciel. Having met while Van Etten was recording 2010's Epic in a Philadelphia studio near Granduciel's house, the two songwriters share not only a friendship and a mutual admiration of each other's work, but also a set of memories collected while touring together in 2012. More

Dec 13, 2010

For Under the Radar’s 8th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2010. Pick up a copy of Under the Radar’s Year End issue for interviews with: The Antlers, Bon Iver, Caribou,Club 8, Delphic, Rose Elinor Dougall, Gayngs, Hot Chip, Lost in the Trees, Love is All, The Love Language, Mogwai, of Montreal, Okkervil River, Yoko Ono, Owen Pallett, Plants and Animals, Mark Ronson, Superchunk, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, Sharon Van Etten, and Vivian Girls. Here’s a survey from David Hartley of Nightlands & The War on Drugs. More


Reviews

Lost in the Dream

Lost in the Dream

Secretly Canadian

Mar 14, 2014

The third full-length recording by Adam Granduciel and company picks up where 2011's Slave Ambient left off, finding a remarkably confident band capable of grand anthems without losing the subtler touches that separate them from lesser bands. More

Øya Day Four: The War on Drugs, Best Coast, First Aid Kit, Bon Iver and More

August 11th, 2012

Aug 13, 2012

Øya, day four. The best way to avoid jet lag is to never sleep—but by this point I was experiencing a new sensation: festival lag. On the way to the day’s events, I passed a man in the hotel lobby, sleeping soundly in a small nest of beanbag chairs. He is my spirit animal. More

Slave Ambient

Slave Ambient

Secretly Canadian

Aug 12, 2011

Boss-gaze. That's where we're at in mid-2011, adrift in the post-irony, post-industry music industry, its genre barriers and business models laying by the wayside like broken levies. Philadelphia's The War on Drugs wear some clear influences on their sleeves, raking the anthems and everyman balladry of Bruce Springsteen over a bed of shoegaze and dream pop stylistics. More

Black Mountain and The War on Drugs at Knitting Factory Brooklyn

August 31st, 2010

Sep 03, 2010

A sold-out audience packed the floor of Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory on Monday night to catch Black Mountain in support of their new album, Wilderness Heart, out September 14th. Almost two years have passed since the Vancouver band played New York—a long time for a group that was hitting the city three times a year before that. More