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Behold! It’s Kurt Vile as a squirrel, singing a song in the HBO show Animals

Kurt Vile, in squirrel form
Kurt Vile, in squirrel form | courtesy of Matador Records

You know you’ve “made it” when you’ve been turned into a squirrel and featured on an HBO television show. That just happened to Philly’s own Kurt Vile, who made an appearance on HBO’s Animals this week.

In the episode, Vile plays a stoned squirrel who shares some nuts with a group of strangers (also squirrels) who come by his house (a tree, naturally). He then proceeds to serenade them with an original song about nuts. Continue reading →

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WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival initial lineup announced

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WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival is happening July 22nd, 23rd, and 24th at the Camden Waterfront with shows at Wiggins Park and the BB&T Pavilion.

Tickets go on sale Friday at Noon, however you can reserve tickets by becoming a new or renewing WXPN member at $25 a month. You will receive a pair of 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes that includes LAWN ADMISSION to Ryan Adams/Kurt Vile on Friday, July 22, Alabama Shakes/Gary Clark Jr on Saturday, July 23, and Brandi Carlile/Old Crow Medicine Show on Sunday, July 24. Continue reading →

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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 →