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Wilco share lineup for next installment of their Solid Sound Festival, featuring Kurt Vile and more…

Wilco | photo by Austin Nelson | courtesy of the artist
Wilco | photo by Austin Nelson | courtesy of the artist

This June, Wilco’s Solid Sound Music & Arts Festival will return to Massachussets’ Museum of Contemporary Art, and now, the full lineup of bands has been announced.

Those who purchase three day passes can expect performances from Kurt Vile & The Violators, the legendary Television, Big Thief, and more.  Along with appearances by Wilco themselves and their various side projects, attendees can once again expect a comedy stage hosted by multi-disciplinary humorist John Hodgman. Find the full lineup, tickets, and more information here. Continue reading →

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Future Islands, The Sadies (feat. Kurt Vile) & more on XPN’s New Music Show Tonight!

Two hours of new music (without Super Bowl commercial interruption) commences at 8pm tonight on XPN. We’re excited to dip into “Mike’s Mailbag” and pull out some listener submissions.  Plus we’ll hear what Father John Misty has been up to, musically speaking.  One of the best rock albums of the year so far just came out.  It’s from the duo Japandroids and you’ll want to crank your stereo up for that one.  Also new tunes from our Free at Noon guest Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White, the Bay Area’s Sjowgren, and much more … Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Kurt Vile shares his favorite songs and albums of the year with XPN’s Mike Vasilikos

Kurt Vile | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2016 incredible. Today, we get the best songs and best albums Kurt Vile heard in 2016 — along with an interview from XPN’s Mike Vasilikos.

Philly’s constant hitmaker Kurt Vile appeared on the air on WXPN this week for a wide-reaching conversation with host Mike Vasilikos recapping his 2016. In the mix, he shared some of his favorite music of the year.

As far as albums, Vile cited Steve Gunn’s Eyes on the Lines – “he’s from my hometown of Lansdowne, a fingerpicking guitar player, a likeminded fellow,” says Vile. He also cited Nathan Bowles’ Whole & Cloven – “he’s hypnotic on the banjo as well as the drums,” says Vile.” “And he also turned me on to a really good banjo company called Buckeye Banjo, and that’s what I play on ‘I’m An Outlaw.'” Lastly, he expressed admiration for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ Skeleton Tree, which he called “a devastating record, very sad.” Check out all those albums below, via a Spotify playlist.

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Check out Hope Sandoval and Kurt Vile’s dream-inducing video for “Let Me Get There”

Hope Sandoval and Kurt Vile | collage via The Deli Magazine Philadelphia

If you have trouble falling asleep at night, try watching the video for Hope Sandoval and Kurt Vile‘s collaborative song “Let Me Get There.”

This is meant as the highest compliment. This otherworldly drum and bass/guitar infused lullaby will have you dreaming before you even shut your eyes. The seven-and-a-half minute track was condensed into a four-minute-long video – whether this is a good or bad edit is up to you. Continue reading →

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Kurt Vile and Hope Sandoval package bliss on “Let Me Get There”

Kurt Vile and Hope Sandoval | image via Pitchfork (Kurt Vile photo by Erika Goldring; Hope Sandoval photo by Luz Gallardo)

A couple thousand years ago, some Egyptian dude invented the sundial as a means of keeping time, and we’ve been stressed out ever since. Gone are the days when people “got there when they got there,” but on her gorgeous new duet with Kurt Vile, Hope Sandoval aims to change that. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Kurt Vile will ring in 2017 with a New Year’s Eve gig at The Fillmore

Kurt Vile | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Kurt Vile | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Talk about ringing in the new year the most Philadelphia way possible. Not with fireworks at Penn’s Landing, or the whole mummers hangover on New Year’s day. I mean an epic concert from an acclaimed Philadelphian at an exciting Philly venue.

Today, we got word that Kurt Vile is doing the honors this year, headlining The Fillmore Philadelphia on December 31st. Continue reading →

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Party People: Ryan Adams, Kurt Vile, Tommy Stinson bring XPNFest night one to a close

Ryan Adams | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Ryan Adams | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

“No lectures tonight,” Ryan Adams told the crowd at the BB&T Pavillion last night. “Let’s just have some fun.”

In part, it felt like a dig at his fellow Los Angeleno Father John Misty – who played a very polarizing performance at Wiggins Park earlier in the day. It was also a bit of a nod to the admittedly mercurial tone of his own Philly gigs with The Shining in recent years. They always rock hard, no doubt, but sometimes the interaction is minimal. Other times its aggressive, like when an oblivious fan at the Tower Theater insisted on repeatedly shooting flash photos of Adams – who has been very open about his meniere’s disease and how difficult it makes performing with bright lights – and so the singer gave the fan a piece of his mind.

There was none of that last night. For his headlining XPoNential Music Festival set, Adams opened up with that call to have fun and a shout out all the party people in the house – and true to that, he and The Shining seemed to be having the absolute best time up there. Continue reading →

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Time Capsule: Kurt Vile on channeling blue-collar blues into “Space Forklift”

Kurt Vile
Kurt Vile | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

In Time Capsule, we ask artists to revisit songs they may have forgotten: pieces they wrote, released, and packed away—until now. Each month, we’ll pick one band who will pick one song and tell us the story behind where they were and what they were thinking when they wrote it.

It’s not news that Kurt Vile used to drive a forklift for a living; a lot of his work is influenced by a blue-collar attitude — from folky fingerpicking to his gravely voice and lyrics. In this city, to gain any respect, you better have worked a dead-end job shoveling shit, fixing radiators, or some day in, day out task that propels you to dream of something better — and deserve it when you get it.

Kurt spent two years handling a mini tractor, rising its giant prongs up and down, over and over, 9 to 5, between lunch and dinner. He lived in Boston at the time. Then, he quit and moved home.

Which is how “Space Forklift” came about. Continue reading →