Not to be confused with the actual, government-sponsored campaign of the same moniker, Philadelphia rockers the War on Drugs give the impression that maybe we should all be taking something.
Best known as guitarist for the Walkmen, Peter Matthew Bauer takes advantage of the band's "extreme hiatus" to explore Indian and psychedelic-folk music on the spellbinding "Philadelphia Raga."
The musicians of St. Louis don't just love performing; they love seeing others perform. And the year 2012 offered hundreds of opportunities to do just that.
There is beauty in black and white. The upfront rhythm of guitar, the insistence of drums and an urgent voice that is the center of a beautifully simple world; this is the sound of the Walkmen.
It isn’t surprising that the Walkmen played to a sold-out audience at Off Broadway last night. The band hasn’t come through St. Louis in years, so they could reasonably expect — with the success of their latest album Lisbon — that their fan base would garner more of a following than their usual garage-rock era fans, or those who tag along because they love to hear “Rat” played live.