Kurt Vile & The Violators, The Fresh & Onlys, Steve Gunn

When: Fri., May 10, 9 p.m. 2013


Kurt Vile and the Violators' new album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze, is the kind of listen that if you're not careful will follow you around for an entire day. There are worse intrusions to have, to be sure. Wakin volleys between mellow, guitar-forward jams like the opening title track's nine-and-a-half minute epic, and the oddly A-ha-esque "Was All Talk," which sizzles within sharp electronic drums and a propulsive melody. There are a few standouts in Vile's quiver ("Pure Pain," "Too Hard"), and it's probably a collection that requires multiple listens. But once you get caught up in the groove of the Violators' sleepily seismic reverberations, don't feel weird when you find yourself humming along to verse and chorus alike. RYAN J. PRADO

Price: $15

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