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Watch Kurt Vile jam with Spacin’ at their Total Freedom LP release party

This past Saturday night marked the release of a new Spacin’ LP called Total Freedom, the local psych-rock outfit’s follow-up to 2012’s Deep Thuds. The band, which sports members of Birds of Maya and Chris Foryth’s Solar Motel Band, celebrated with a packed show at Everybody Hits, complete with special guests and batting cage-appropriate food courtesy of Deep Space Jawns. As he is wont to do when his friends are playing shows around town, Kurt Vile snuck up to the makeshift stage in front of a wall of baseball cards to help out on a song. Check out a couple videos of the show below and read more about the record in our interview here.

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Kurt Vile and Steve Gunn collaborate on a new EP

Kurt Vile and Steve Gunn | Photo by Amanda Hatfield | http://www.amandamhatfield.com/ | via Brooklyn Vegan
Kurt Vile and Steve Gunn | Photo by Amanda Hatfield | http://www.amandamhatfield.com/ | via Brooklyn Vegan

Kurt Vile and former Violator Steve Gunn have collaborated together on a new EP, Parallelogram on Three Lobed Recordings, a boutique label in North Carolina that “specializes in small print-run releases that cover all flavors of psychedelia.” Recorded and mixed at Uniform Recording in Philly by Jeff Zeigler, the six song EP features contributions from drummer Mike Sneeringer and Mary Lattimore on hapr and piano. Continue reading →

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Philly Boy, Part 2: Listen to Jon Wurster guest DJ on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Jon Wurster | Photo by Eric Schuman
Jon Wurster | Photo by Eric Schuman

It’s always a good time when drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk, the Mountain Goats) stops by the Indie Rock Hit Parade. This time around, Jon brought with him a batch of classic and rare Philly-centric indie and hardcore, along with some new and (perhaps rightfully) forgotten tracks. Jon also chats with host Eric Schuman in an extended conversation about his comedy partnership with Tom Scharpling, and how the duo are bringing The Best Show on the road for a live tour. Speaking of, you can see Scharpling and Wurster at Union Transfer on Sunday, December 13th.

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Watch Kurt Vile play “Lost My Head There” in Paris for A Take Away Show

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

For six years, the cleverly named La Blogotheque have been filming intimate and unique performances for their series A Take Away Show. Recently, they have been showing special love to some of our favorite Philly sons. First with this awesome rendition of “Long Distance” from The Districts and now today with a performance by Kurt Vile’s in Paris cafe Le Square Gardette — which you can watch below. Continue reading →

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Listen to Kurt Vile’s Spotify Session

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Spotify Sessions are nothing new; artists have been recording intimate sessions with the music streaming service for the past two years. Yet it’s still exciting when a local favorite gets picked to perform, and his week, Spotify released its session with Philly favorite Kurt Vile. The playlist features the five songs that were recorded at the session – two new ones, plus back catalog tracks including “Goldtone” and “Girl Called Alex” – along with a stream of Vile’s most recent release b’lieve i’m going down. Matador Records held a contest for fans to submit artwork for the playlist image, and the winner was created by Travis Millard. Listen to the playlist below. Continue reading →

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Watch Connor Barwin bike around Philly to a breezy Kurt Vile tune

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin has done the unthinkable. He’s made sports-averse music obsessives (i.e. me) relax, take a look around and begin to care about sports.

You might say that this is because Barwin is doing the exact same thing on his end of the spectrum, and I don’t make that claim just cause he’s boys with Kurt Vile. A new NFL Films doc, The Street Eagle, perfectly presents him as a multifaceted, gregarious, overall good dude who breaks stereotypes and truly cares about his city. Continue reading →

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B’lieve This One’s a Winner: Kurt Vile at Union Transfer

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Kurt Vile made me fall asleep. Well, sorta. Last week when he played a surprise warm-up show at Johnny Brenda’s, I was there (cue James Murphy screaming “I. WAS. THERE.”) in the front row, jamming out. Right up until the part where I fell asleep. Okay, okay, so it wasn’t KV’s fault — the show didn’t start until 11:15, way past my bedtime, you get the picture. But this time, I knew I wouldn’t nod off. Friday night, game on. Continue reading →

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Celebrate the 100th Indie Rock Hit Parade with Nick Diamonds (LIVE) plus new music and cherished memories!

Nick Diamonds | Photo by Juliette Cassidy
Nick Diamonds | Photo by Juliette Cassidy

You read that right! Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is the show’s 100th full episode! Sure, there have been some diversions and excursions along the way, but a celebration is a celebration, right? Right. So, in honor of this milestone, we’re going to spend tonight’s full, two hour show doing what we do best. Tune in at 11pm ET for a brand new live session with one of our favorite people, Nick Diamonds! You might know Nick as the brains behind bands like Islands and The Unicorns, and you won’t want to miss an incredibly fun performance of songs from his new solo album, City Of Quartz. Speaking of IRHP Sessions, we’ll hear a few favorite tracks recorded live for us over the past few years. Plus we’ll turn the clock all the way back to Episode 1 and hear the first set of music ever played on the show! And since it wouldn’t be an Indie Rock Hit Parade without a ton of new music, be on the lookout for a few of these new tracks in the mix:

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