The War On Drugs Marches On

The War On Drugs will continue battling its way around the globe in support of its third studio album. The latest call of duty will send the indie rockers on another mission through the U.S. come September.

Lost in the Dream was released in March via Secretly Canadian, debuting at No. 26 on the Nielsen SoundScan albums chart. The Philadelphia-based act received plenty of praise for the LP, including an 8.8 and a “best new music” ranking from Pitchfork.  

The album includes tracks like “Under the Pressure,” which NPR says “tips plenty of the band’s narrowly focused but tightly integrated influences, from Neil Young to Dire Straits and a pair of Bruces, Springsteen and Hornsby. These guys are viiiiiibing on sunny, proficient ’80s radio rock, man.”

The review adds, “This is highly emotional rock that reads as low-stakes at first. It’s evocative and pleasant if you let it float by in the background, but it’s made with hooks that sink in deep if you give yourself over.”

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Lollapalooza, Grant Park, Chicago, Ill.

The next stop for War On Drugs is Thursday’s show in Cologne, Germany. European dates are booked through August, with a handful of North American dates thrown in between, including the Roots Picnic in Philadelphia May 31 and the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle July 27.

Here’s the schedule for the North American fall tour, which is followed by even more European gigs:

Sept. 4 – Raleigh, N.C., Lincoln Theatre (Hopscotch Music Festival)
Sept. 7 – Boston, Mass., City Hall Plaza (Boston Calling)  
Sept. 13 – Burlington, Vt., Burlington Waterfront (Grand Point North Festival)
Sept. 14 – Ottawa, Ontario, Hog’s Back Park (Ottawa Folk Festival)
Sept. 15 – Toronto, Ontario, Phoenix Concert Theatre        
Sept. 16 – Detroit, Mich., St. Andrews Hall
Sept. 17 – Columbus, Ohio, Newport Music Hall    
Sept. 19 – Cleveland, Ohio, House Of Blues           
Sept. 20 – Madison, Wis., Majestic Theatre 
Sept. 21 – Milwaukee, Wis., Pabst Theater  
Sept. 22 – Minneapolis, Minn., First Avenue           
Sept. 24 – Omaha, Neb., The Waiting Room           
Sept. 26 – Dallas, Texas, Granada Theater   
Sept. 27 – Houston, Texas, House Of Blues
Sept. 28 – Austin, Texas, Stubb’s Bar-B-Q / Waller Creek Amph.  
Oct. 1 – Pomona, Calif., Glass House          
Oct. 2 – Los Angeles, Calif., The Fonda      
Oct. 5 – San Francisco, Calif., The Fillmore 
Oct. 9 – Boulder, Colo., Fox Theatre           
Oct. 10 – Denver, Colo., Ogden Theatre      
Oct. 11 – Lawrence, Kan., Granada Theatre
Oct. 12 – St. Louis, Mo., Ready Room         
Oct. 13 – Nashville, Tenn., Marathon Music Works
Oct. 15 – Asheville, N.C., The Orange Peel 
Oct. 16 – Atlanta, Ga., The Tabernacle

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