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, with whom he has participated in early work by The War on Drugs as well as various solo projects. 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.... The lead single from the album, "Pretty Pimpin", was Vile's best performing song to date, topping the Billboard Adult Alternative Songs chart in March 2016. His latest project is 2017's release Lotta Sea Lice, a collaboration with Australian singer and guitarist Courtney Barnett.

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The War on Drugs
 
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.
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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SXSW Music Festival 2018 Gallery: Max Richter’s Sleep, Ben Kweller, Salt-N-Pepa, Kurt Vile, Pussy Riot, Khalid
  –  March 19, 2018
At Bass Concert Hall, the best seats in the house were actually the beds onstage. One hundred and fifty of them, to be exact. Attendees — many of them dressed in pajamas — arrived just before midnight to claim their spots, giddy with anticipation for ...
Watch Kurt Vile Play The Roadie Carrie Brownstein Never Asked For In A ‘Portlandia’ Clip
  –  March 9, 2018
The latest rocker to show up in the PNW is none other than Kurt Vile, who portrayed Carrie Brownstein’s live-in roadie. It all stems from Fred Armisen’s desire to give Brownstein’s home an extreme home makeover with a music-centric spin. There’s a ...
Watch Kurt Vile Play Carrie Brownstein's Doting Assistant on 'Portlandia'
  –  March 9, 2018
Over the years, Kurt Vile has proven pretty good at whatever he role he decides ... The skit is funny enough for music nerds, as Armisen surprises Brownstein with an extreme makeover of sorts, except he's given her home the trappings of a scummy DIY ...
Watch a Preview From the Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile Documentary ‘Friends of Wonder’ (EXCLUSIVE)
  –  March 1, 2018
Today, the file-transfer service WeTransfer, in conjunction with Matador Records, released “Friends of Wonder,” a documentary film about Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile’s tour together ... viewers and is focused on music, photography, arts and culture ...
Watch a Preview From the Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile Documentary ‘Friends of Wonder’ (EXCLUSIVE)
  –  March 1, 2018
Today, the file-transfer service WeTransfer, in conjunction with Matador Records, released “Friends of Wonder,” a documentary film about Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile’s tour together filmed at the Loew’s Jersey Theatre. Directed by Kurt Vincent ...

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