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Seattle Welcomes The War On Drugs and Sharon Van Etten to The Neptune 3/25


Even with Sasquatch just around the bend, some bands set to play the Memorial Day weekend festival are taking a swing by Seattle on their spring tours. One such band is The War on Drugs. After taking Austin by storm at South By Southwest, the three man band is set to come to Seattle by way of The Neptune March 25th, opening for Sharon Van Etten.

Some bands are just easy to listen to. That’s how I would describe The War on Drugs. They make music that is relaxing, and has almost a dreamy quality to it. Exemplified in their 2011 single “Brothers,” this band has an ability to put out songs that are impossibly easy to fall in love with and play on repeat for hours. They have an upbeat synthy sound, and when combined with lead singer Adam Granduciel’s Springsteen like voice, The War on Drugs create a new sort genre. Part electro, part classic rock, with a touch of Americana. While the majority of their  songs are  unquestionably  upbeat, when songs like “I Was There” come across your shuffle, it’s a reminder that this band has more depth than you may expect. They’re full of surprises, while being predictably good.

Headlining  is singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten. Van Etten is a true talent and her performance is one not to miss- her songs have a story telling quality that mesmerizes a crowd. Her latest release Tramp is eclectic and beautifully put together, containing songs with such brilliant lyrics it’s impossible not to be awestruck. Her songs are constructed beautifully, and I imagine in a setting like The Neptune they will really connect with the audience.

Currently out on tour and selling out venues left and right, the Seattle date still has tickets surprisingly. Buy yours now here; if you’re heading to the Gorge this May, seeing the War on Drugs twice in a single season is a pretty great treat.