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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

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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 →

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Watch Kurt Vile’s new homespun video for “Life Like This”

Kurt Vile | via matadorrecords.tumblr.com
Kurt Vile | via matadorrecords.tumblr.com

Philly’s Kurt Vile is getting set to release his latest record, b’lieve i’m goin down, out via Matador Records on Friday, September 25th. Following up on the amazing “Pretty Pimpin'” and this album trailer featuring “I’m an Outlaw” and “Lost My Head There,” today Kurt brings us a new video for “Life Like This.” Directed by Adam Avilla, it’s mellow and contemplative and finds KV at home, in a basement studio with the lights low, the tape machine running and swatches of animated color bouncing off of Kurt’s guitar and Kurt himself. Continue reading →

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Get a taste of Kurt Vile’s b’lieve i’m goin down… in a new album trailer

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Kurt “Bae” Vile in the b’lieve i’m goin down album trailer

Personally, I will never get tired of “Pretty Pimpin’.” It’s Kurt Vile‘s best single to date, hands down. But he’s got a whole new record of music about to drop next month, and from this new trailer released today, it’s sounding pretty promising. Matched with footage of the band goofing around in the desert and working in the studio, we hear bits of songs “I’m An Outlaw” and “Lost my Head there.” Check it out below, and pre-order b’lieve i’m goin down…over at Kurt’s website. He headlines Union Transfer with Waxahatchee on Friday, October 9th. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch Kurt Vile revisit some of his classics at Pitchfork Fest

Kurt Vile at Pitchfork Fest | Photo by Scott Troyan
Kurt Vile at Pitchfork Fest | Photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com

With a new album on the way this fall, Philadelphia’s Kurt Vile is hitting a few festivals with his band this summer, including Chicago’s Pitchfork Fest last month. His set there was only three songs long, which seems crazy until you consider Vile and the Violators were the first to play after a thunderstorm caused the festival to be evacuated, so his set was shortened. Plus, two of those songs were 10-plus minute space jams from 2013’s Wakin on a Pretty Daze – “Goldtone” and the title track – and one is the equally expansive “Freak Train” from 2009’s Childish Prodigy. Continue reading →