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The War on Drugs rocks 9:30 Club ahead of the Landmark Music Festival

Singer-guitarist Adam Granduciel of The War on Drugs played at Bonnaroo earlier this month. (Getty Images)

A year of nonstop touring could wear a band down. For the War on Drugs, it’s only made the guitar- and synth-driven rock band better.

Last April, singer Adam Granduciel’s band headlined the 9:30 Club in support of the album “Lost in the Dream.” It was a fine show, but a little meandering.

What a difference a year makes. On Saturday, the band returned for the first of two sold-out shows at the club. Everything sounded tighter, bigger and better. Within the first four songs, you could hear Granduciel’s influences loud and clear: Bruce Springsteen (“Burning”), Bob Dylan (“Arms Like Boulders”), Dire Straits (“Baby Missiles”) and Tom Petty (“Lost in the Dream”).

It was the kind of set that would have been perfect at a festival. Good thing, then, that the War on Drugs will be back in D.C. in September for the Landmark Music Festival.

Watch the War on Drugs cover Sharon Van Etten’s “One Day” at 9:30 Club:

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