End of the Road 2012: festival preview

Who to see this year at Dorset's Larmer Tree Gardens

North Dorset's Larmer Tree Gardens plays host to the seventh End of the Road festival this weekend. Here are our highlights from the lineup – along with a selection of things to read, watch and listen to.

Alabama Shakes Saturday, The Woods stage, 19.30
These Alabama natives have amassed a legion of fans with their nostalgic blues and soul. You can stream their album Boys & Girls here, and take a look at this in-depth interview with the band.

Grizzly Bear Saturday, The Woods stage, 21.30
Grizzly Bear are "the cult band that somehow, inexplicably, got rather big" said Jude Rogers in this 2010 interview with Radiohead's favourite band. For an indication of how their festival set is likely to go down, check out this review of their performance at Glastonbury 2010.

Graham Coxon The Woods stage, Sunday, 17.45
Warm up for Coxon's set with this sampler from his latest solo album A+E, and discover how he goes about "condensing 15-minute prog-rock things into three minutes" in this interview with Miranda Sawyer.

Patti Smith The Woods stage, Sunday, 19.30
To mark Patti Smith's 65th birthday, the Observer recently spoke to several musicians who have been influenced by the "godmother of punk", including Johnny Marr, Juliette Lewis and Shirley Manson. Plus, here's a selection of quintessential Smith images.

Veronica Falls Big Top stage, Friday, 20.30
A "ramshackle four-piece offering garage band versions of 60s pop romance," said Paul Lester when Veronica Falls were one of his new bands of the day. Check out some alternative views via this live review from Dave Simpson, and Michael Hann's review of their debut album.

Tindersticks Garden stage, Saturday, 20.15
"One of Britain's most cherished cult bands" said Jude Rogers in this 2008 interview. Take a look at Phil Mongredien's four-star review of their latest album here.

Beach House Friday, The Woods stage, 21.30
Debut album Teen Dream took Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally to indie stardom – but 2012's Bloom is a dark, intense affair. The Baltimore duo met Sian Rowe earlier this year and discussed their changing sound and how success has affected them.

Jeffrey Lewis and the Junkyard Garden stage, Saturday, 18.30
His recent album A Turn in the Dream-Songs is streamed in full here with annotations from the man himself. Meanwhile, here's an in-depth piece from the anti-folker about a poetry reading he gave in New York alongside Thurston Moore, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Jonas Mekas.

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