Kurt Vile & The Violators

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Formerly best known for collaborating with Philadelphia noise-rockers The War On Drugs, Vile's brilliant latest album 'Wakin on a Pretty Daze' has made him (and his crew the Violators) a major live draw. Vile's lo-fi psychedelia and sunny, echo-sodden, eccentric folk-rock is something quite special, with a habit of hypnotically working over chord sequences over and over again while Vile lazily spools out his touching, down-home lyrics in a Dylanesque drawl. It's all cool as hell – and that's even before you find out that 'Kurt Vile' isn't even a stage name. He plays a last-minute show here after the cancellation of Jabberwocky festival.

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