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Nothing worthwhile or practical ever came out of the “War on Drugs” hysteria until 2005, when a group of friends in Philadelphia borrowed the phrase to christen their mellow indie-rock band. Whereas Nancy Reagan reduced the battle to a simplistic slogan (“Just say no”), singer-guitarist Adam Granduciel speaks more cryptically and poetically on The War on Drugs' third album, Lost in the Dream. Beyond the album's title, a feeling of dreamy, bittersweet longing courses through the record, as Granduciel muses, “Feel the way the wild wind blows through the room/Like a nail gun through the heart.” Although former guitarist Kurt Vile helped give the group its early push, it has always been Granduciel's red-eyed vision that sets them apart. Also Saturday, April 5.

Fri., April 4, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 04/04/14)

LA Weekly