Though Kurt Vile's moniker makes him seem like some grisly punk provocateur, the Philadelphia rocker is more Neil Young than Johnny Rotten.

Though Kurt Vile's moniker makes him seem like some grisly punk provocateur, the Philadelphia rocker is more Neil Young than Johnny Rotten. His Matador debut Childish Prodigy feels like it was recorded in some secret rock 'n' roll warehouse in the midst of an all-night thunderstorm. Psych-pop and dirge blues tracks hit like splashes, gusts and lightning bolts. Between the cloudbursts, shimmering finger-plucked lullabies trickle through speakers like drizzle in the calm. The record yielded some of the year's finest singles, foremost among them "Freak Train," which chugs along like its namesake and begs you to get on board with one of 2009's breakout talents. Resurrected Ohio rocker Tommy Jay will open Vile's Summit show.

-Chris DeVille