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Live: Kurt Vile Commands A Sea Of Hair And Plaid At Union Pool

Get used to not seeing this dude's face. Pics by Georgia, way more below.
Get used to not seeing this dude's face. Pics by Georgia, way more below.

Kurt Vile Union Pool Friday, June 18

Union Pool is one of the long-standing hook-up bars in Williamsburg. For as long as we can remember, it's been a place where people, usually young and fresh-faced college kids new to Brooklyn, go to flirt and maybe get picked up. But on Friday night, things were different: Kurt Vile was playing in the club space, and with him came a menagerie of older, bearded, more experienced gentlemen.

Sure, the crowd outside was still fashionable and hip, but inside were die-hard fans, nerds and cool kids mingling together.

Vile played the sold-out show with his band, the Violators. Since the last time we've seen them, a harpist (Mary from Espers) has been added. The band is now enchanting as well as rocking.

Vile's hair is a main player in the show.
Vile's hair is a main player in the show.
The music was loud and awe-inspiring.
The music was loud and awe-inspiring.
No show is complete without a loud, drunken Australian heckler.
No show is complete without a loud, drunken Australian heckler.
There was a lot of plaid.
There was a lot of plaid.
A rare glimpse of Vile's FACE.
A rare glimpse of Vile's FACE.
"Freak Train" featured a free-jazz solo.
"Freak Train" featured a free-jazz solo.
This guy could really wail.
This guy could really wail.
Hairy and proud?
Hairy and proud?
Kurt Vile loves the Sadies
Kurt Vile loves the Sadies
I guess harpists get carpal tunnel too?
I guess harpists get carpal tunnel too?
She really wasn't into it...
She really wasn't into it...
Who knew Vin Diesel was a Kurt Vile fan?
Who knew Vin Diesel was a Kurt Vile fan?
The whole band had the long-hair thing going on.
The whole band had the long-hair thing going on.
Even Vile's pedals are emotional.
Even Vile's pedals are emotional.
The Mad Scene opened the show with straightforward, non-nostalgic rock 'n' roll. These guys have been doing this forever...
The Mad Scene opened the show with straightforward, non-nostalgic rock 'n' roll. These guys have been doing this forever...
The night wouldn't be complete without a vuvuzela!
The night wouldn't be complete without a vuvuzela!

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