Live Video: The War on Drugs

photo by Renata Steiner (view set)

Though the new album is called Lost in the Dream, The War on Drugs‘ Adam Granduciel seems like he’s just woken up from one. While it’s only the band’s third LP since forming nine years ago, Lost in the Dream is leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessors, as Granduciel transforms his oft-meandering ambience of navel-gazing Americana into more propulsive and grand arrangements that are no less concerned with personal exploration of emotion but, like private songs writ large, reach their full intensity in the hands of the entire band. Even in the very small in-studio space at KEXP, The War on Drugs sound epic as they channel their heroes of the 80s — Bruce Springsteen, The Waterboys, Dire Straights… — and nearly tear the heart right out of our Midday Show host, Cheryl Waters. Get lost in the dream here:

Full Performance:

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  1. TChicago
    Posted November 18, 2014 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    I always thought it was Dire Straits? Regardless, I love The War on Drugs!

  2. finbarr
    Posted March 30, 2017 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    I followed Wilco to KEXP. Loved this show. I bought TWOD’s latest two albums, but still prefer to listen to these songs live on Cheryl’s show. “Wrong notes” and all.

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