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Kurt Vile (in orange) @ Woodsist/CT Fest on July 4th (more by Tim Griffin)
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At [D.C.'s] the Black Cat Backstage [Nov. 5th], [Kurt] Vile ambled through the final date of a month of shows with his three-piece band, The Violators, for what he said was the largest crowd he'd played. Double digits, still -- right-sized. He opened the 70-minute set with a solo take of "Peeping Tomboy," which, like so much of the spectral folk side of his songbook, seemed to waft in from some phantom radio. Even when the combo joined him for the stouter stuff -- like "Freak Train," the self-explanatory centerpiece of his just-released "Childish Prodigy" album -- the cacophony was more ethereal than kinetic.

After innumerable self-releases, his songs still sound like their paint's still wet, which is part of their appeal. It remains to be seen whether they can, or should, expand beyond the cult of sober head-nodders who paid their respects last night. The only person dancing was a British girl whose accent was pitched just-so to be perfectly audible through the din.

"They're really quite good," she chirped. Cheers. [Washington Post]

The next show for Kurt Vile and The Violators is a November 17th show at Brooklyn's Europa. Also on the bill are local freaks Wild Yaks and Pink Reason and lyrical post-punks from NJ Home Blitz. Tickets are on sale.

The gig comes one day before Vile opens for Big Star at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (11/8). Tickets to that appear to be gone.

In non-New York news, Vile will be playing a New Year's Eve show at Chicago's The Riviera with The Black Keys. Tickets are on sale. Half of the Black Keys, Dan Auerbach, plays Webster Hall on Wednesday, November 11th.

A flyer for Vile's Europa show and all upcoming tour dates (in which Vile goes to Europe this December) are posted below...

Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile - 2009 Tour Dates
Nov 17 Europa Brooklyn, New York
Nov 18 Masonic Temple w/ BIG STAR!! Brooklyn, New York
Nov 19 Iron Horse Northampton, Massachusetts
Nov 20 Swarthmore College//Olde Club Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Dec 08 Maus Habitos Porto
Dec 09 Fragil Lisbon
Dec 10 Primavera Club @ Sidecar Barcelona
Dec 11 Primavera Club @ Wurlitzer Madrid
Dec 12 State X New Forms Festival Den Haag
Dec 13 Twisted Pepper Dublin
Dec 14 The Deaf Institute Manchester
Dec 15 The Lexington (Uncut Night) London
Dec 16 Le Scopitone Paris
Dec 17 Les Ateliers Claus Brussells
Dec 31 The Riviera w/ The Black Keys Chicago, Illinois

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Comments (18)

Kurt Vile has the best name in rock and his music is right there with it.

Posted by Chris | November 10, 2009 11:18 AM

black keys should be opening for him.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2009 11:23 AM

Kurt Vile stole his pseudonym from Alan Moore. That is all.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2009 11:26 AM

Kurt Vile and the Violators! Another great name.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2009 11:32 AM

surprised more NYE stuff hasnt been announced for NYC

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2009 11:33 AM

Kurt Vile > Bruce Springsteen.

These are facts.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2009 11:34 AM

^^ is that a selling point?

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2009 11:40 AM

Alan Moore stole his pseudonym from Kurt Vile, you munch. REAL NAME.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2009 11:48 AM

alan thicke is the greatest canadian ever.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2009 11:50 AM

11:48, good to know. Figured that couldn't possibly be a real name, but someone has a great dad. Alan Moore did write as Curt Vile though in the 70s, for the record.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2009 12:01 PM

i been getting into this guy lately but 70 minute set sounds way to long! COME ON! its not dylan!

Posted by cleveland! | November 10, 2009 12:01 PM

12:01, you're right about Alan Moore. Sorry for calling you a munch. You're not a munch.

The Holy Trinity: Kurt Vile, Curt Vile and Kurt Weill

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2009 12:54 PM

"i been getting into this guy lately but 70 minute set sounds way to long! COME ON! its not dylan! "

it's kurt vile man, only 35 minutes was actual music the rest was tuning.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2009 1:04 PM

kurt vile is jay reatard if he smoke way more weed

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2009 1:46 PM

YEAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!! VILE 4EVER!!!!!!!! So stoked for Big Star

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2009 3:50 PM

He's the best thing going in indie rock right now. No contest.

Posted by Kent Odessa | November 12, 2009 1:28 AM

plus he's not a wanker. He seemed really loose at Big Star, dancing while mouthing all the words to most of their songs, and unlike many young artists, appears to have examined the history of songwriting to find the derivatives of his most immediate influences. At Big Star, he was also walking around half the night with a copy of the new The Velvet Underground book. Go kid.

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2009 5:30 PM

Kurt Vile is his real name - he's a good friend of mine.

Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2010 11:08 AM

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