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. A deluxe edition, b'lieve i'm goin (deep) down..., featuring six additional tracks, was released on the same day.Produced primarily by Vile and his bandmate Rob Laakso, the album was recorded in ten different recording studios, with sessions often taking place late at night.

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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 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 ...
FENDER® Announces American Original Series – Inspired By Fender Models Through The Decades
  –  January 19, 2018
Kurt Vile – singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer; as well as Grammy®-winning producer and artist Raphael Saadiq – accompanying each on their musical journey toward exceptional artistry.
Music-ception: What Your Favorite Artists Listen To
  –  January 19, 2018
Same. On a playlist titled "Homemade Dynamite", Lorde makes public her love for artists like Kurt Vile, Taylor Swift, and Paul Simon. Of all the musicians on this list, this one seems to have the most patch worked playlist: "Slow Disco" by St. Vincent sits ...
Henry Rollins, Krist Novoselic, and Brendan Canty “reunite” as Riot Spray on Portlandia: Watch
  –  January 19, 2018
Check out the skit above. Portlandia premieres at 10 PM ET/9 PM CT tomorrow, January 18th, on IFC. Other confirmed guests include Terry Crews, Jeff Goldblum, Rashida Jones, John Mulaney, Kumail Nanjiani, Rachel Bloom, and Kurt Vile.
The Mountain Jam 2018 lineup is here
  –  January 19, 2018
The Man, Father John Misty, The Decemberists, Jenny Lewis, Kurt Vile & The Violators, the godfather of funk George Clinton, Nashville bluesman Anderson East and local indie-rock outfit Woods. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Mountain Jam Typically the lineup for ...
Jack Johnson, Sturgill Simpson and alt-J to headline this year’s Mountain Jam
  –  January 18, 2018
The 2018 lineup also features The War On Drugs, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Portugal The Man, Father John Misty, The Decemberists, Jenny Lewis, Kurt Vile and many others. Tickets are on sale at mountainjam.com Last year’s headliners were ...
Mountain Jam Sets 2018 Lineup with Jack Johnson, Sturgill Simpson, alt-J, Portugal. The Man and More
  –  January 18, 2018
Also set to play the festival are Portugal. The Man, The War On Drugs, Father John Misty, The Decemberists, Jenny Lewis, Kurt Vile & The Violators, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Turkuaz, Chicano Batman, The Record Company, The Felice Brothers ...
Overlooked albums of 2017: Tinariwen, Lydia Loveless
  –  January 18, 2018
Not for the first time, there are some rock and roll guests, including Kurt Vile and Matt Sweeney, whose electric guitars enhance the density of the already guitar-heavy arrangements, all driven by layers of percussion dynamic enough to challenge any ...
Forecastle announces 2018 lineup
  –  January 17, 2018
Additional musical acts include Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Houndmouth, The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Vance Joy, Courtney Barnett, NF, Jimmy Eat World, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Louis the Child, T-Pain and many more. A full list of confirmed ...
Forecastle Reveals 2018 Lineup
  –  January 17, 2018
Also set to play this year’s festival are Vance Joy, Courtney Barnett, Jimmy Eat World, NF, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Louis the Child, T-Pain, Jenny Lewis, Margo Price, Punch Brothers, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Khruangbin, I’m With Her, Hiss Golden ...
Forecastle Festival Sets 2018 Lineup: Chris Stapleton, Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse, Jason Isbell to Headline
  –  January 17, 2018
Other acts included on Forecastle’s impressive initial lineup include Houndmouth, The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile & The Violators, T-Pain, Jenny Lewis, Margo Price, White Reaper, Hiss Golden Messenger and Ron Gallo ...
Here's who's playing at Forecastle this year
  –  January 17, 2018
Additional musical acts include Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Houndmouth, The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Vance Joy, Courtney Barnett, NF, Jimmy Eat World, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Louis the Child, T-Pain and many more. You can see a full list below.
Stapleton, Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse lead Forecastle lineup
  –  January 17, 2018
Weekend passes go on sale on Friday, Jan. 19. Additional artists include Father John Misty, Vance Joy, Courtney Barnett, NF, Jimmy Eat World, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Louis the Child and T-Pain.
Arcade Fire, Chris Stapleton, Modest Mouse to Headline Forecastle Festival
  –  January 17, 2018
The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Courtney Barnett, NF, Jimmy Eat World, Kurt Vile and the Violators, T-Pain are among the dozens of performers (the full lineup appears below). Tickets and weekend passes will be available ...
Forecastle 2018 lineup (Arcade Fire, Chris Stapleton, Modest Mouse & more)
  –  January 17, 2018
The 2018 lineup also includes other cool stuff like Jason Isbell, The War On Drugs, Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett, Jimmy Eat World, Kurt Vile, Jenny Lewis, Margo Price, Vic Mensa, Punch Brothers, Lucero, I’m With Her (aka Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz ...
Chris Stapleton, Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse, T-Pain headline Forecastle Festival 2018
  –  January 17, 2018
Kurt Vile and the Violaters, Louis the Child, Punch Brothers, Vic Mensa, Rainbow Kitten Surprise and I’m With Her. The full lineup can be viewed online, and of course they’ll be adding musicians to the list throughout the next couple months.
Forecastle Music Festival Is Bringing Chris Stapleton, Arcade Fire, And Modest Mouse To Kentucky
  –  January 17, 2018
Kurt Vile, Vic Mensa, and White Reaper. Rounding out the bill are the likes of Jenny Lewis, Margo Price, Houndmouth, T-Pain, Vance Joy, Punch Brothers, and Jimmy Eat World. Forecastle is set to take place from July 13th-15th at Louisville’s downtown ...
Featured Release This Week From Neil Young & Promise Of The Real + Studio One Tracks Top 30 Playlist
  –  January 16, 2018
1 Bjork- Utopia 2 Neil Young & Promise Of The Real- The Visitor 3 St. Vincent- Masseduction 4 Sufjan Stevens- The Greatest Gift 5 Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile- Lotta Sea Lice 6 Destroyer- Ken 7 Mavis Staples- If ...
Overlooked 2017 albums: Tinariwen, Lydia Loveless
  –  January 13, 2018
Not for the first time, there are some rock and roll guests, including Kurt Vile and Matt Sweeney, whose electric guitars enhance the density of the already guitar-heavy arrangements, all driven by layers of percussion dynamic enough to challenge any ...
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 click when they keep things small
  –  October 27, 2017
The setting was solemn, even breathtaking — the high ceiling and stained glass windows of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on the University of Chicago campus. But the performers couldn’t have been more casual, even downright shaggy. Courtney Barnett and ...
Lotta Sea Lice by Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile
  –  October 24, 2017
Nick Bollinger reviews a set of casual duets by Melbourne singer/guitar-slinger Courtney Barnett and Philadelphia fret-flayer Kurt Vile. A good duet is about more than just two people singing. Ideally, they should be singing to each other, and have ...

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