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The War on Drugs, Hop Along

Adam Granduciel’s songs take a long time to unfold. They start out as a swirl of familiar elements—Tom Petty guitars, Infidels-era Bob Dylan drums—that threatens to slip past unnoticed. But then a moment arises, a subtle shift, like a note of rising urgency in Granduciel’s voice to usher in the chorus, or a plaintive piano chord in the bridge, and all the elements fall into place. The Philadelphia band received high accolades for last year’s Lost in the Dream, a masterpiece of muted intensity. What seems hazy on first listen turns out to be taut and precise; what seems familiar unfolds into something new and strange.

8 p.m. $26.