Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile

 

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Kurt Samuel Vile (born January 3, 1980)[2] is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is known for his solo work and as the former lead guitarist of rock band The War on Drugs. Both in the studio and during live performances, Vile is accompanied by his backing band, The Violators, which currently includes Jesse Trbovich (bass, guitar, saxophone), Rob Laakso (guitar, bass) and Kyle Spence (drums).

Influenced by Pavement, Neil Young, Tom Petty, and John Fahey,[3] Vile began his musical career creating lo-fi home recordings with frequent collaborator Adam Granduciel in Philadelphia. Focusing on his solo career, Vile released two albums, Constant Hitmaker (2008) and God Is Saying This to You... (2009), compiling various home recordings dating back to 2003. Vile signed to Matador Records in 2009, and released his third album, Childish Prodigy, that same year. The album was his first recorded in a studio and with the full participation of The Violators.

In 2011, Vile released his fourth studio album, Smoke Ring for My Halo, which significantly increased his exposure. His fifth studio album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze, was released in 2013, with Laakso replacing Granduciel in his backing band. In 2015, Vile released his sixth studio album, b'lieve I'm goin down....

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Wakin on a Pretty Daze
 
Wakin on a Pretty Daze is the fifth studio album by American indie rock musician Kurt Vile, released on April 9, 2013 on Matador Records.
 
The War on Drugs
 
Smoke Ring for My Halo
 
Smoke Ring for My Halo is the fourth studio album by American indie rock musician Kurt Vile, released on March 8, 2011 on Matador.
B'lieve I'm Goin Down...
 
b'lieve i'm goin down... is the sixth studio album by American indie rock musician Kurt Vile, released on September 25, 2015 on Matador Records.

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John Cale Kicks Off 75th Birthday Shows with Kurt Vile, Animal Collective and More in Brooklyn
  –  November 17, 2017
John Cale offered up a special show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last night, as the founding Velvet Underground ... After opening with “I’m Waiting for the Man,” Cale welcomed Kurt Vile and members of Thee Oh Sees for “White Light/White Heat ...
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile discuss their intercontinental friendship
  –  November 15, 2017
Kurt Vile: Yeah, I like to laugh at dark things ... How has working with the other one changed each of your views on music? Vile: Every time I play with somebody, your perspective gets a little extended. It always rounds you out a little more in some ...
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile’s Joint Album is A Catalogue Of Shared Jokes
  –  November 15, 2017
The Australian music market scored an anomaly with her ... You know what I’d love to see? Kurt Vile solo acoustic guitar and vocals. That’s fucking beautiful.” Vile sighs. “For you Courtney, okay.”
On Friday, Even Shy Kurt Vile Had to Admit His Collab with Courtney Barnett Is Awesome
  –  November 13, 2017
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile brought a solid 90-minute set of indie rock ... Barnett and Vile both tend to let their music do the talking, and that was true Friday. The lack of audience interaction wasn't missed much, either, because they're two of ...
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile show their musical compatibility at ACL Live
  –  November 12, 2017
Australia’s Courtney Barnett and Philadelphia’s Kurt Vile have been two of indie-rock’s most promising singer-songwriters of the past decade, and when they teamed up to make an album together this year, it made a lot of sense. Their music had always ...
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile crank up their cerebral collaboration with an uneven, but at times astonishing, stop in Dallas
  –  November 11, 2017
If that setup doesn't sound "music-biz-as-usual," neither does the result. We dare you to play Kurt Vile’s Billboard No. 1 song and not hit ‘repeat’ Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile brought their surprising new collaboration, Lotta Sea Lice ...
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile Keep It Low-Key at the Ryman
  –  November 10, 2017
Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett's sold-out show Thursday night at ... bros and working-professional types who are probably the biggest music fans in their office, die-hard rock ’n’ rollers, middle-aged couples, a handful of hipper-than-average ...
Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett and more
  –  November 9, 2017
It seems weird saying this given the amount of ground he�s covered already, but Smoke Ring For My Halo is the perfect way into the music Kurt Vile makes. It�s tender and evocative, elusive but companionable, tough in the gut and the arm but ...
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile on music, friendship and an album called 'Lotta Sea Lice'
  –  November 7, 2017
Vile: Some people think (I'm not nice) because they don't know that everything I say is the opposite of what's true. Q: That's going to make deciphering this interview difficult. What's it like, for you, Courtney, when Kurt sings lead on the new version of ...
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile discuss their intercontinental friendship
  –  November 7, 2017
Kurt Vile: Yeah, I like to laugh at dark things ... Q: How has working with the other one changed each of your views on music? Vile: Every time I play with somebody, your perspective gets a little extended. It always rounds you out a little more in ...
Kurt Vile on his collaboration with Courtney Barnett
  –  November 5, 2017
Kurt’s been around longer than Barnett, both as former guitarist of the War on Drugs and in his successful solo career as Kurt Vile with his band the Violators. Together they have created a collection of music that begs the question: Why has this not ...
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile's collaboration at Massey Hall made so much sense
  –  November 3, 2017
So much about a Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile collaboration makes sense ... They communicated much more seamlessly through their music. It was almost astonishing to hear their rendition of Life Like This, from Vile’s sixth album B’lieve I’m Goin ...
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile on their adorable indie-folk team-up album
  –  November 1, 2017
When Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile dropped their new collaborative record ... When the pair announced they were teaming up on a new record, it felt like a match made in music heaven. On Wednesday, they'll head to the Beacon Theatre as part of their ...

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