From songwriting savants (Kurt Vile) to psych-pop troupes (Dr. Dog), punk stalwarts (Pissed Jeans) and noisy newcomers (Purling Hiss), Philadelphia’s music scene — at least from afar — seems to be having a moment.
With their latest, “Lost in the Dream,” The War on Drugs — headlining The Neptune Theatre Friday — continues this impressive run.
There’s some Bob Dylan in bandleader Adam Granduciel’s tumbling lilt, some Tom Petty in his fist-pumping choruses, but long-form material like “Under the Pressure,” below, “An Ocean in Between the Waves” (listen) and “In Reverse” (listen) shows off a crisp, propulsive streak all his own.
The Neptune’s top-tier acoustics, perfect sightlines and cozy setting are apt fits for Granduciel’s rich, resonant songs — and the overwhelming acclaim “Dream” has received since coming out last week suggests he and his bandmates aren’t long for such friendly confines.
9 p.m. Friday at The Neptune Theatre, 1303 NE 45th St., Seattle; $18-20 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org)