The War On Drugs’ Adam Granduciel Talks About His Fender Jazzmaster

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To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Fender’s iconic Jazzmaster guitar, musicians are sharing their stories and experiences for the “Offset Guitars” video series. My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields showed off his Jazzmaster collection in July, and today Fender sits down with the War On Drugs’ Adam Granduciel. More »

Primavera’s Expansive 2018 Lineup Proved Festivals Can Still Be Exhilarating

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HAIM-Primavera-2018“Welcome to the best festival in the world,” Adam Granduciel said shortly into the War On Drugs’ set at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound. It was Thursday night, the first full day of the fest, and Granduciel provided a proper introduction to the weekend ahead. With the Drugs having grown into one of the most reliably transporting … More »

Watch The War On Drugs Unchain “In Chains” On Seth Meyers

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The War On Drugs are very popular with the late-night talk show bookers, who clearly have a thing for beer commercial lead guitar shit. Adam Granduciel and band made their latest late-night voyage in support of A Deeper Understanding last night on Seth Meyers, where they played “In Chains.” … More »

Watch The War On Drugs Cover Warren Zevon With Craig Finn In Brooklyn

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The War On Drugs and the Hold Steady are two bands that have strong relationships with classic rock. Both bands take old sounds and twist them around, turning them into very personal things. They do that in different ways, of course, with the War On Drugs turning those sounds into cosmic haze and the Hold … More »

The 10 Best War On Drugs Songs

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Ten years ago this June, the War On Drugs released their debut album Wagonwheel Blues. At that point, nobody could’ve expected what would eventually happen for this project and its mastermind, a 30-something dude in Philly named Adam Granduciel. There have been plenty of indie-rock acts who have ascended to something resembling mainstream stature in … More »

Watch The War On Drugs Play Their #1 Hit On The Tonight Show

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After becoming first-time Grammy nominees last month, the War On Drugs enjoyed another bit of validation from the music industry establishment this month when A Deeper Understanding single “Painwent to #1 on Billboard’s Adult Alternative Airplay (AAA) chart. (Alas, they’ve yet to even chart on the Hot 100, but … More »

The 50 Best Music Videos Of 2017

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In this space in past years, I’ve usually written about which music-video directors had the best years. It’s a variation of the auteur theory, as visionaries like Nabil and Hiro Murai have used artists as vehicles for their ideas and approaches. This year, though, it feels like the artists themselves who are driving things, and … More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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Taylor Swift’s “…Ready For It?” is a pretty bad video, and it’s not even bad in the ways that you would expect a Taylor Swift video to be bad. It’s expensive and meaningless and even maybe slightly pretentious? But at least it’s not boring? I have no idea what’s happening with it, and I … More »

The War On Drugs – “Nothing To Find” Video

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The War On Drugs released their dizzily great major-label debut A Deeper Understanding back in August, and they’ve already shared great videos for its tracks “Holding On” and “Pain.” Today, they’ve got a new one for the lost, haunted “Nothing To Find,” and it is both great and weird. Director More »

Watch The War On Drugs Cover Neil Young In Toronto

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Last night, for the first time in 30 years, there was no Bridge School Benefit concert organized by Neil and Pegi Young. But the War On Drugs still managed to inject a little Neil Young into the weekend, covering his 1977 song “Like A Hurricane” during their show in his Toronto hometown last night. More »