The War On Drugs

The War On Drugs (10:00 PM)

Line & Circle (9:00 PM)

Sat, April 5, 2014

8:00 pm

Adv Tix $16.00 / Day of Show Tix $18.00

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The War On Drugs - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
The War On Drugs
Philedelphia's The War on Drugs reside at the blurred edges of American music: overexposing studio limitations, piling tape upon tape to maximum density, and then -- with each song -- they pull off the scaffolding to reveal what sticks, keeping only what's absolutely necessary and dig into what sounds like the best kind of fucked up. As on their 2008 debut, Wagonwheel Blues, central member Adam Granduciel takes small moments occurring over multiple tapes and multiple song versions, and puts every last drop of trust in his own keen instinct of momentum.
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That's not to overshadow the sharp, personal songwriting at play here. There are certainly cues taken from our very best American bards (Dylan, Petty, Springsteen). Yet, The War on Drugs are wise enough to also implode those cues or send themselves into outer space when the moment calls for it. The driving organ riff that pushes "Baby Missiles," from the band's 2010 epic EP Future Weather, may well be inspired by a fever dream of Springsteen rather than any particular song in his catalogue. And the endless layers of guitar melody and atmospherics of "Comin' Through," also from Future Weather, rather than add weither to the vessell, only work to fill its sails with warmer and warmer winds.
Line & Circle - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Line & Circle
Line & Circle was born of the collaboration between Brian J. Cohen (vocals, guitar) and Brian Egan (keyboards)--Ohio natives who met in the Midwest before departing for Los Angeles.

With two critically acclaimed singles under their belts, Line & Circle returned from a west coast tour last summer with a wealth of new material. Looking to capture the rhythmic urgency and emotional restlessness of these new songs, the group, which also includes guitarist Eric Neujahr, drummer Nick Cisik, and bassist Jon Engelhard, quickly entered the studio with producer Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast's "Crazy For You"), who also produced the band's earlier singles.

Recorded live to tape in Los Angeles and mixed in Philadelphia, Line & Circle's self-titled EP is the result of these sessions, comprising three new compositions: "Wounded Desire," "Mesolithic," and "Beauty Is Exhausting."

With particular attention paid to atmosphere and negative space, basic tracks were completed quickly during the initial two-day recording session, leaving time for the group to experiment with sonic nuances including cutting and layering tape loops. As with the band's singles, there are musical nods to early 4AD dream pop and chiming I.R.S. Records-era guitar rock, woven around Cohen's melodically rich vocals.

The band is currently finishing recording and mixing its debut LP in Philadelphia with Brian McTear (The War On Drugs) and Jonathan Low (The National). The album also features production from Pesacov.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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