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Nightlands Kicks Off Tour Tonight at Mercury Lounge

May 29th, 2013

When War on Drugs’ terrific second album, Slave Ambient, took longer to finish than originally expected, the band’s bassist, Dave Hartley, decided to do something on his own: trading in War on Drugs’ hazy, reverb-heavy guitar jams for the delicate dream pop of his well-received debut solo LP, Forget the Mantra, under the name Nightlands. But that was two-and-a-half years ago. And after touring the world with War on Drugs, multi-instrumentalist—and NBA fan—Hartley (above, doing “So Far So Long”) returned with his second bedroom recording, the stellar Oak Island (stream it below), earlier this year. And tonight at Mercury Lounge, he kicks off a spring tour in support of it.