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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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Warming up for goin down with Kurt Vile at Johnny Brenda’s

Kurt Vile | Photo by John Vettese
Kurt Vile | Photo by John Vettese

“Thanks for coming to our rehearsal, everybody,” Kurt Vile told a packed house at Johnny Brenda’s last night. “Our rehearsal that you had to pay to get into.”

Philly’s constant hitmaker is about to head out on a huge fall tour in support of his new record b’lieve i’m goin down… and, like his friends The War on Drugs before him, he decided to test the waters with a warm-up show at the small Fishtown club that sold out in a heartbeat. Continue reading →

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Watch Kurt Vile play “Pretty Pimpin'” and “Wild Imagination” on Conan

KurtVile
Kurt Vile on Conan

Mega happy record release day wishes are due to Philadelphia’s Kurt Vile, whose terrific new record b’lieve i’m goin down is in stores today. In the early morning hours, Vile and his band – which now features Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint on drums – performed a roaring rendition of “Pretty Pimpin'” on Conan O’Brien; check out video below. Continue reading →

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Dig into new album from The Front Bottoms, Kurt Vile, Battles and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

The Front Bottoms | Photo via Fueled By Ramen
The Front Bottoms | Photo via Fueled By Ramen

Such a special weekend calls for a super special Indie Rock Hit Parade, wouldn’t you agree? Tune in at 11pm (or better yet, stay tuned after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour show that’s nothing but nothing but ALBUM SPOTLIGHTS! We’ll hear three songs in a row from a variety of newly released records, including Kurt Vile‘s b’lieve i’m goin’ down, The Front BottomsBack On Top and Youth Lagoon‘s Savage Hills Ballroom! Here’s a sampling of what else you might hear tonight:

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Stream Kurt Vile’s new album, b’lieve i’m goin down

Kurt Vile's new album b'lieve i'm goin down
Kurt Vile’s new album b’lieve i’m goin down

It’s like Philly’s Kurt Vile went and reflectively distilled his past decade-plus of making music into a single, fantastic record. The new b’lieve i’m goin down is out this Friday on Matador Records, and it showcases the many sides of the indie rock troubadour from Lansdowne: we hear Kurt the constant hitmaker on “Pretty Pimpin’,” a total jammer and possibly his best single to date. There’s Kurt the expansive impressionist of Wakin on a Pretty Daze on “That’s Life, tho (almost hate to say)” and Kurt the spectral songsmith of Childish Prodigy on “Kidding Around.” The pop-oriented Tom Petty devotee shows up on “Dust Bunnies,” and throughout the record we get Kurt the idiosyncratic lyricist.

In short, if you wanted a single record to explain what the multifaceted Vile was all about, b’lieve i’m goin down is it, and you can get an advance listen to it below care of the good folks at Matador. Continue reading →