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Philadelphia's The War on Drugs is an arena rock band that doesn't play arenas yet. On its second and most recent record, Slave Ambient, the band rollicks like a lost early U2 demo, pairing massive melodies and expansive instrumentation to powerful effect.
Peaking on songs like "Your Love Is Calling My Name," or the '80s Springsteen-style anthem "Baby Missiles," the grandeur of Slave Ambient conjures Americana in a way few bands can.
This World Cafe session features songs from the band's recent concert at World Cafe Live.