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Crete Mixes With Indie Rock To Create The Uniqueness Of Xylouris White

Crete Mixes With Indie Rock To Create The Uniqueness Of Xylouris White

History in indie rock usually operates in the realm of the fairly recent. When a band plays a Big Star or Karen Dalton cover or gets Steve Albini to record an album, it harkens back to music that's 20 or 40 years old. Occasionally, someone will do a tune from the '20s or '30s. It generally doesn't get much older than that.

But the duo Xylouris White, which opens for Kurt Vile at New Haven's College Street Music Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 17, taps into a deeper history, something legitimately ancient.

One half of the group is George Xylouris, who plays lute music from the Greek island of Crete, with a repertoire and tradition tied to dances and festivities that go back hundreds,...

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