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Preview: Nightlands Coming to Bowery Ballroom

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

Nightlands will be touring behind the solid sophomore album ‘Oak Island’

Preview: Nightlands Coming to Bowery Ballroom


Photo Credit: Catharine Maloney

If you're in New York City and looking for a weekend getaway, there's no need to leave the city. You can get a great escape just by going to see Nightlands tomorrow night when they play the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan.

Nightlands is the project of The War on Drugs bassist Dave Hartley, who pulls off the multi-instrumentalist with this group. Their most recent album, Oak Island, is like one long, smooth dream. I wrote back then that the album reminds me a lot of stuff from the Moody Blues, but even with a little retro vibe it sounds like it belongs in the present. Hartley spins a really beautiful tapestry, and the songs glide along from one to the next. Everything is so fluid and atmospheric, but with a few kinks thrown in every now and then just to spice things up, like on "So Far, So Long" or "Nico":

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If you want to take a trip, Nightlands will definitely take you somewhere. And don't worry, I'm almost 95% sure that Hartley is not in fact a human version of the Tin Man.

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