Smart Bets: Nightlands

When bassist Dave Hartley isn't busy with his his main gig, Philadelphia's The War on Drugs (or his various side projects), he — like bandmate Kurt Vile — keeps up his solo endeavor, Nightlands. "Listeners expecting a simple side project will be surprised by the boldness and scope of his vision," says a press release. Earlier this year, Harley released sophomore album Oak Island on which "he takes us on a spirit quest through lush forests down into The Uncanny Valley. Each distorted, silver-voiced melody is wrapped in the sounds of ‘70s AM gold — plucked acoustic guitars, trumpets, dulcimers and hand percussion." Nightlands plays Emerald Lounge on on Saturday, Sept. 7. Rose Windows and The Friendly Beasts also perform. 9 p.m., $8. emeraldlounge.com. Photo by Catharine Maloney

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