When: Fri., Aug. 26, 10 p.m. 2011
Imitating Bob Dylan's voice can provoke an ambivalent response—some people give praise, while others roll their eyes at the blatant try-too-hardness of it. Responses to War on Drugs front man Adam Granduciel tend toward the former, probably because he wears the Dylan style with such credible panache. On the Philly outfit's sophomore full-length, Slave Ambient (Secretly Canadian), he carries the torch for indie Americana with his lazy, echoing drawl, backed by guitars that flutter around the band's simple rhythms, often crossing over into atmospheric psych. The album would make a fine soundtrack for some rolling countryside, and to keep it from getting too lulling the War on Drugs provide perfectly placed diversions—tracks like "Your Love Is Calling My Name" and "Baby Missiles" have a more "urgent" pace and maybe a slight Tom Petty spin. Slave Ambient is as chill and hypnotic as it is meticulously orchestrated and deliberately paced, featuring an awesome synergy of guitar, keyboard, and yes, even a little Dylan-esque harmonica. —Kevin Warwick Caveman and Tammar open.