Born to be Vile

Game-changers can come along at the most unexpected junctures. For Kurt Vile it was some time around 2011, when his fourth solo album (...)

So  very chilled out: Ronan Sherman (left) and Dave McCarthy, both from BishopsTown, Cork, and David Stephenson, Monkstown, Co Cork,  at the Body and Soul festival at Ballinlough Castle, Clonmellon, Co Westmeath. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish  Times

In the sprawling Body and Soul festival site at Ballinlough Castle in Co Westmeath, no pole goes unwrapped in bright fabric. There’s hardly a forest c(...)

Jessie Ware gave rock royalty a run for its money at Primavera.

Kurt Vile & the ViolatorsWith the full muscle of his band behind him, Kurt Vile is a force to be reckoned with. The sound might be sprawling, but (...)

The Knife on stage at Primavera in Barcelona. Photograph: Burak Cingi/Redferns/Getty Images

It seems that there are two types of Kurt Vile in each set. There’s the solo Vile, a gentle(...)

Kurt Vile released three solo albums before breaking through in 2011 with Smoke Ring for My Halo (...)