Concert Review: Kurt Vile at the Grog Shop

Like many successful songwriters, Kurt Vile started out his music career with a project that sounds different enough from his current musical muse to warrant the switch but close enough that his contributions are obvious. As one of the founders of the War On Drugs, his influence is apparent with each busy, washed out guitar riff from the band’s debut album, 2008’s Wagonwheel Blues. But even as Vile’s signature sound has carried over to the newest album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, which he recorded with his band the Violators, the artist has further expanded his spacey sound to far-reaching new heights. While the reaction from the near-capacity crowd of mostly middle-aged looking men that filled the Grog Shop last night wavered throughout Vile’s latest stop in Cleveland, he still put on a cosmic, subdued show.

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