Live Concert Review + Photos: Kurt Vile & The Violators

Kurt Vile  High Noon Saloon Madison WI live concert photos

Appreciation was the theme of the night when Kurt Vile commandeered the High Noon Saloon for his May 21 show. Vile and his band The Violators kicked off their set not with a song of their own, rather covering The Feelies “For Awhile” in respectable fashion.

Chairs sat abandoned at the back of the room as the crowd pressed to the front, eyes glued to the mass of hair crooning somber serenades. As each song trailed off, silence pervaded the room until respectfulness reached an awkward threshold, fixed only by quick explosions of cheers and applause. These outbursts were cut short knowingly, however, as if the crowd might usher in Vile’s next song sooner.

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Just Announced Madison Concert + Win Tickets Before You Can Buy: Kurt Vile & The Violators, 5.21.12

Monday, May 21, 2012


Kurt Vile

with special guest Black Bananas

High Noon Saloon – 8pm

$15 ADV and DOS – 18+


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Download Kurt Vile’s Square Shells EP For Free Right Now

Kurt Vile Square Shells

I only discovered the lo-fi brilliance of Kurt Vile a few months ago, after hearing a sample of the sweeping “Freeway” on an iTunes Genuis recommendation.  (Yeah, guilty…)

I haven’t been able to get enough of him since.  For a very limited time (today, May 25th only), Matador Records is making Kurt’s latest EP, Square Shells, available for free download in its entirety.  Click here to get the goods while they’re hot—and ooooh boy, are they ever hot!

-Shelley Peckham

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