If you've been paying attention to music at all this year, you already know that Philadelphia's The War On Drugs has been quietly taking over the indie music world one show at a time.
Their latest record, Slave Ambient (listen to it HERE) was roundly praised upon its release, and now at the end of the year you can't swing a stick without hitting a blog, publication or podcast that isn't including this slow burning gem on it's year end best of lists. And with good reason. The songs on Ambient are pretty squarely what My Bloody Valentine would sound like if fronted by Bob Dylan. Walls of feedback and reverb play behind singer/songwriter Adam Granduciel's folky drugged out delivery to create a sound that owes as much to the garage rock psychedelia of the late 60's as it does to the likes of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie.
The War On Drugs has already been through DC once this year in their quest for total world domination. That sold out show at The Red Palace (read our review here) not only saw NPR's Bob Boilen getting down like he was at one of Ken Kesey's acid tests, but also provided us with one of our favorite performances we've seen all year. Tonight the band moves up the DC venue ladder and to play at the (slightly) larger Rock and Roll Hotel and if you haven't already, you can get your tickets right here.
Look, we know it's a Sunday night and all, and hey, we love 60 Minutes as much as the next guy (actually, probably a little more...possibly unhealthily so) but whenever a band this good is playing a venue this size you sort of owe it to yourself to take advantage of the situation. We've embedded a couple of videos of the band performing in Copenhagen to help make your decision easier, but trust us when we say that this is one show that you do not want to miss.