The exquisitely murky and atmospheric indie pop group the War on Drugs visits BSP in Kingston not long after former member and breakout indie-rock star Kurt Vile passed through the same upstart club on Wall Street, just a night before his sold-out show at Terminal 5 in Manhattan. Vile, in fact, recommended BSP to the War on Drugs’ Adam Granduciel and suggested that it might be a good spot for a low-key tour kickoff in advance of the new record, Lost in the Dream, which is slated for a March 18 release.
TWoD’s sound, sense and studio aesthetic are remarkably similar to Vile’s: a languorous, slurry and unconsciously tuneful American Bard rock, with debts to Dylan and Petty wrapped in layers of ether, waft, buzz and tape degradation. It is very beautiful.
The War on Drugs’ show begins at 9 p.m. this Saturday, March 15. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $17 the day of the show, and are available locally at Outdated in Kingston, Jack’s Rhythms in New Paltz, Darkside Records in Poughkeepsie and the Woodstock Music Shop. For more information, call (845) 481-5158 or visit www.bspkingston.com.
The War on Drugs, Saturday, March 15, 9 p.m., $17/$15, BSP, 323 Wall Street, Kingston; (845) 481-5158, www.bspkingston.com.