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The Rockometer: “it’s a big world out there (and i am scared)” by Kurt Vile

      Kurt Vile and the Violators "it's a big world out there (and i am scared)" Matador Records Kurt Vile's latest EP, "it's a big world out there (and i am scared)" is either a record for completists or a record for a record company to squeeze every last dollar out of their consumers (depending on how cynical you feel). I happen to like Matador Records, so let's say it's a record for completists. ...READ MORE
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The Rockometer: Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze by Kurt Vile

                Kurt Vile Wakin' on a Pretty Daze Matador Kurt Vile has little use for a diagram of the western pop song.  Forget verse, chorus, verse, bridge and coda. There's the ramble part and the tamble particle and the solo. His voice rises where most would descend, and descends when most vocal melodies would tend to rise. Words are mumbled like Dylan...READ MORE
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Play Me: “Never Run Away” by Kurt Vile

Damn you, Kurt Vile. How am I supposed to write anything critical or snarky about your new single with your young daughter adorably prancing around the screen. You win. You get the free pass. All I can say is, "How cute!" And, Walkin' on a Pretty Daze, the new album by Kurt Vile is out April 9th on Matador Records. MP3: Kurt Vile - Never Run Away Next time, you won't be so lucky.READ MORE
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Play Me: “Wakin’ on a Pretty Day” by Kurt Vile

As the title would imply, the bright and free melody of Kurt Vile's "Waking on a Sunny Day," evokes images of a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood on a perfect day. The lyrics, however, offer a contrasting picture to those pleasantly textured and intently picked guitar tones. They're an immediate buzz kill, with Vile recounting the sound of a phone call from a friend in desperate times, and his own inability to take muc...READ MORE
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News Jam: Rock Hall Happenings, Wilco Tapped to Headline 2013 Nelsonville Music Festival, and Kurt Vile’s New Classic Rock Album

While much of the news surrounding the Rock Hall has focused on the hiring of new CEO, Greg Harris, and to a lesser extent, Greg Harris' days running a record store in Philadelphia, the museum has also just revealed a new exhibit honoring the legacy of the influential British record label, Two-Tone. Then, on December 12th, the museum will be hosting a screening of the Replacements documentary, Color Me Impressed, featuring a Q&A ...READ MORE

2011 Pitchfork Music Festival Day 3: Kurt Vile and The Violators

While some bands struggled with Sunday's oppressive heat, (There was a moment when it appeared Yuck would abandon their set, Ariel Pink did just that) others, like Philadelphia's Kurt Vile and the Violators thrived in this setting.  With a touring lineup featuring three guitars and a drummer, theirs was a set-up and a sound custom-made for this day.  Songs like "On Tour," "Jesus Fever," "Runner Ups," and "Society Is My Friend,"...READ MORE

Tonight: Free In-Store with Kurt Vile at Music Saves and J Mascis/Kurt Vile at The Grog Shop

A quick reminder: There's a free in-store show happening tonight at Music Saves with Kurt Vile at 7:30.  And, later tonight, Vile will be joining J Mascis at The Grog Shop for a proper club show.  Both the new album by Kurt Vile and the new one by J Mascis are highly recommended, and I don't expect either man to disappoint.READ MORE

The Rockometer: Smoke Ring for My Halo by Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile Smoke Ring for My Halo Matador When Kurt Vile sings of never wanting to leave his couch, or sipping soup straight from the can, in his now trademark half-grumbled, partly-mumbled drawl, he sounds like a slacker archetype, a man kinda, sorta engaged with life.  Don't believe this front for one second.  Despite his nonchalance, Vile's Smoke Ring for My Halo, his second full-length release for Matador Records, is an alb...READ MORE

Folksy Friday: A Selection of Folksy Numbers by J Mascis, Papercuts, Kurt Vile and Cave Singers

Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis is rightfully known as one of our generations greatest guitarists -- The man can shred like few others.  Yet, that very designation which has sealed Mascis' reputation in the underground can also be a detriment to his legacy.  Ask yourself, who are the greatest songwriters of the alt-rock generation?  Did you include Mascis?  Of course you didn't.  It's hard to discern his half-mumbled lines when shredding...READ MORE

2010 Pitchfork Music Festival: Kurt Vile

The B-stage wasn't a bad place to be on Saturday afternoon, in Union Park.  There were plenty of trees and shade.  There were shorter lines for water and beer.  And, there was Kurt Vile, the freak-folk rocker from Philadelphia, who was joined by his backing band The Violators. On this day, The Violators consisted of a second guitar, a harpist, drummer, and some extra tape loops from who knows where.  With harpist in tow, o...READ MORE
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