The War on Drugs on Tour, Playing SXSW Today

Written by  Published in Previews Wednesday, 14 March 2012 21:46

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Modern Americana rock outfit The War on Drugs kicked off their North American tour last week, and are playing their first SXSW show at Pitchfork’s day party today (Image by Samantha West). After making the southern music mecca rounds in Ausin, they’ll be heading west as co-headliners with Sharon Van Etten. Their following headlining leg of the tour will begin in Brooklyn with an already sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 6th, but tickets are still available for their Bowery Ballroom gig on April 8th. That’ll be their last date in the northeast, as they’ll be playing Sasquatch and Bonnaroo in the summer before getting into their European tour. Full dates below.

They’ve also dropped this recent video for the song “Brothers.”

TOUR DATES:
NORTH AMERICA
03/08/12 Charlottesville, VA- Jefferson Theatre w/ White Rabbits
03/09/12 Raleigh, NC- Lincoln Theatre w/ White Rabbits
03/10/12 Savannah, GA- Savannah Stopover Music Festival
03/11/12 Atlanta, GA- Variety Playhouse w/ White Rabbits
03/12/12 Birmingham, AL- The Bottletree w/ White Rabbits
03/13/12 New Orleans, LA- One Eyed Jacks w/ White Rabbits
03/14/12 Houston, TX- Fitzgerald's w/ White Rabbits
03/15/12 Austin, TX-SXSW- Pitchfork day party @ Mohawk- 3:30pm
03/15/12 Austin, TX- SXSW- Secretly Canadian, Jagjaguwar, Dead Oceans Showcase- 11:30pm
03/16/12 Austin, TX- SXSW- Showcase at ACL Live @ Moody Theatre- 7:30pm
03/17/12 Austin, TX- SXSW- MOG day party TBA
03/17/12 Austin, TX- SXSW- Onion AV Club day party @ Club DeVille- 4pm
03/20/12 Los Angeles- The Avalon w/ Sharon Van Etten
03/21/12 San Francisco- The Independent w/ Sharon Van Etten- SOLD OUT
03/23/12 Portland, OR- Aladdin Theatre w/ Sharon Van Etten
03/24/12 Vancouver, BC- Biltmore Cabaret w/ Sharon Van Etten- SOLD OUT
03/25/12 Seattle, WA- The Neptune w/ Sharon Van Etten
03/27/12 Salt Lake City, UT- The State Room w/ Sharon Van Etten
03/28/12 Denver, CO- Bluebird Theatre w/ Sharon Van Etten
03/30/12 Iowa City, IA- Mission Creek Festival @ Gabe's
03/31/12 St. Louis, MO- Luminary Center for the Arts w/ Sharon Van Etten
04/01/12 Bloomington, IN- Rhinos w/ Sharon Van Etten
04/06/12 Brooklyn, NY- Music Hall of Williamsburg- SOLD OUT
04/07/12 Boston, MA- Middle East
04/08/12 New York, NY- Bowery Ballroom
04/21/12 Harrisonburg, VA- Rocktown Beer and Music Festival
05/27/12 George, WA- Sasquatch Music Festival @ The Gorge Ampitheatre
06/10/12 Manchester, TN- Bonnaroo
EUROPE
05/31/12 Lisbon, PT- Musicbox
06/01/12 Barcelona, SP- Primavera Sound
06/03/12 Schorndorf, DE- Manfaktur
06/04/12 Munchen, DE- Kranhalle
06/05/12 Vienna, AT- Arena
06/06/12 Ljubliana, SL- TBA
06/08/12 Porto, PT- Optimus Primavera Sound
07/13/12 Henham Park, Suffolk, UK- Latitude Festival
07/15/12 Graifenhaichen, DE- Melt! Festival
08/09/12 Haldern, DE- Haldern Pop
08/10/12 Goteborg, SE- Way Out West Festival
08/11/12 Oslo, NO- Oya Festival
08/12/12 Helsinki, FL- Flow Festival
Last modified on Thursday, 15 March 2012 13:51
Kelly Knapp

I grew up listening to the music my parents listened to. My mom gave me some of her “Golden Oldies” cassette tapes, and I could sit in my room for hours harmonizing with The Ronettes, and staring at Del Shannon, who I thought was a total stud in his tiny black and white photo on the glossy fold-out insert. I listened to Willie Nelson because my Dad admired him so much, and I wanted to understand what was so great about him too. My first concert wasn’t a huge life changer; I saw Inner Circle at a local Jambalaya festival in Central Florida. Their biggest hit was “Bad Boys,” the theme song to COPS. If anything, that concert should have traumatized me. But, at the time I had no comprehension of any crassness. I just remember the guitarist making eye contact with me and smiling, and feeling excitement over having a brief connection with someone who was making me dance.

It’s the same thing with listening to music with words in another language. It’s not necessary to understand words or literal meanings. It’s the way the melodies and rhythms evoke feeling. It’s like that saying about art, how you may not be able to explain it, but you know it when you see it. I can’t always describe music (although obviously, I sure as hell try to), but I know what I like when I feel it, and I think those who can evoke that feeling deserve to be acknowledged for it. That’s what I want to describe. That’s what I want to share.

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