Kurt Vile’s first solo tour in 10 years touches down at Castro Theatre

Following the one year anniversary of Kurt Vile’s eighth solo studio album, Bottle It In (Matador Records), the singer just announced his first solo tour in 10 years, with support from the beautifully fascinating baroque-pop rock lade, Cate Le Bon. What a damn delight of a partnership. Bottle It In features Vile-typical tunes laced with those clever lines and quirky energy but with a bit more sophistication than previous albums. Ahead of the tour, Vile released Bottle Back, a short documentary film directed by Ryan Scott, which features lovely behind-the-scenes moments shot up in the Catskills. Check out this tasty [...]

Kurt Vile at The Fillmore October 5

Feelin’ bassackwards? We suggest coming out to The Fillmore next weekend for some good ol’ fashioned Kurt Vile. We dig the funny pants folk he brings, like a sassy Bob Dylan with Tom Petty strums, modern lyrics and better hair. Vile will also be playing Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park, but if you want a bigger, more intimate taste, come on out to The Fillmore. A portion of the ticket sales will be going to Music in Schools Today. Kurt Vile and the Violators The Fillmore October 5, 2019 $30

Photos: Kurt Vile at the Fox Theater

Kurt Vile (photo: William Wayland) Words by William Wayland Kurt Vile makes it all look easy. Like he and the Violators are putting on a show in his basement, or maybe in the backyard by the pool, and a thousand unexpected guests showed up to listen in. All of them sitting out on the lawn, smoking weed, drinking beers, and kind of taking it all in. But you can’t help feeling that he seems a uncomfortable with this arrangement. Like a venue holding a couple thousand people feels just a little too big. Between songs, Vile would let out a "Whoop!" [...]

By |December 18, 2018|Tags: |

Sponsored: Kurt Vile picks up where he left off at the Fox

(photo: Jo McCaughey) Fresh off the October release of his latest full-length album, Bottle It In, Kurt Vile is picking up right where he left off: playing his songs on the road. Vile, known for maintaining a relentless touring schedule, took a rare and well-deserved break from the road to craft the songs that make up this latest project. The album's songs offer a seamless fit into Vile's discography; they depict a natural evolution of the artist's familiar, meandering style of storytelling. They are informed by his experiences, shaped by all that time he's spent — and the people he's [...]

By |November 28, 2018|Tags: |

Photos + Review: Courtney Barnett + Kurt Vile (and Sea Lice) at the Fox

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile (and Sea Lice) (photo: Aaron Rubin) Last week, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, the hippest purveyors of the latest, greatest, and most infectious indie record, took to a sold-out performance at the Fox Theater in Oakland. Touring the nation in support of the highly-anticipated collaboration album Lotta Sea Lice, released on October 13, their stop in the Bay Area was number five of 19. The album, born out of each other's mutual admiration and genuine knack for nailing certain idiosyncrasies of life, was recorded in eight days over the span of  nearly 15 months. Knowing that [...]

Kurt Vile supports Alabama Shakes in Berkeley, goes solo in Santa Cruz

As far as "Best Album of 2015" lists go, few entries were as widespread as Kurt Vile's b'lieve i'm going down, his sixth studio album. He will make his debut at The Greek Theater in Berkeley on Friday and return Saturday in support of another widespread favorite: Alabama Shakes. On Thursday, though, Vile will be warming up for The Greek at his own headlining show at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz. Co-founding former member of the washy lo-fi party synth band The War On Drugs, Vile's focus has proven successful — at the very least, it is being noticed. He loses the oozin' ahhs (albeit [...]

The Bay Abridged: Oct 14 — Oct 20

In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers will provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of last week's Bay Area concert scene. The Black Lips, Ariel Pink at Bimbos (SF) Oct. 14 It was a night of firsts for this fresh piece of music reviewing meat. Never, never in my 26 years have I witnessed a lougie hawked on stage, let alone into the blaring lights and caught again [...]

Review: Kurt Vile & the Violators walk Fillmore’s decibel gambit

Kurt Vile (photo: Sophia Apt) The band walked on stage, Vile downed his beer and said “sup.” His shirt said “What's up kooks.” Kurt Vile often gets accused of living somewhere between person and persona. I think it was probably just coincidence that the Fillmore played Ziggy Stardust in entirety between the sets. Strangely, seeing Vile perform only amplifies a feeling in a lot of his music, the feeling that whoever he is, is far away. Between songs he'd look off into the back corner of the Fillmore, where the walls meet. I couldn't help but wonder what it was about looking there, [...]

By |October 19, 2015|Tags: |

Kurt Vile and the Violators performing at Slim’s and The Fillmore in October

Photo by Marina Chavez With a broad style that can evoke both Pavement and Petty, punk rock and the Dead, the languorous music of Kurt Vile has always been classified by a broad range of descriptions. However, Vile is rarely credited with creating much nostalgia with his songs, perhaps in part to his deadpan humor and the relaxed, detached tenor of his voice. Yet with his latest album, b’lieve i’m going down, Vile reaches a new level of self-reflection, hitting upon precious moments of poignancy that were absent in his earlier work. The dry wit is still there, but it’s [...]

By |October 13, 2015|Tags: |

Editors' Picks: What We've Been Listening to This Week (Lord Huron, Sore Eros & Kurt Vile, Exray's)

Lord Huron Anna: Seeing Lord Huron at this year's Treasure Island Music Festival was an unexpected treat. I had previously listened to the band's 2010 EPs (Mighty and Into the Sun), but had not yet heard the Lonesome Dreams full-length when the band took to the Bridge Stage on Sunday of the festival. I had idly enjoyed Lord Huron's early EPs - meaning, I listened while at work and didn't necessarily pay much attention - and seeing the band's energy and hearing the live renditions made me wish I'd made more of a previous effort to actively listen. [...]

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