by Andrew Sacher

Kurt Vile at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile released his new album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, this past April. It's a fantastic double album which takes the style he perfected on 2011's Smoke Ring For My Halo to new, ambitious heights without ever overdoing it or dragging. If you haven't listened, I couldn't recommend it enough.

Kurt just released a video for the third single from that album, "KV Crimes." The video was directed by WFMU host Tom Scharpling (who has also directed videos for Ben Gibbard, Nude Beach, and Aimee Mann) and features lots of people clapping, singing along, and waving KV flags as Kurt is paraded through his hometown of Philadelphia. Check it out below.

Philly has also given their hometown hero another honor as well. Matablog reports...

By mayoral decree, August 28 will officially be Kurt Vile Day in Philadelphia! On that date, Kurt will give a free solo performance in City Hall Courtyard at 5:30pm for the season finale of the City Hall Presents summer concert series. Prior to his performance, the City of Philadelphia will present Kurt with the Liberty Bell Award, the highest honor the City can bestow upon one of its citizens. This award is given only to native Philadelphians, and is presented in recognition of outstanding professional achievements and civic generosity.

Way to go, Kurt.

As mentioned, Kurt Vile will be in NYC for the free 4Knots Music Festival on June 29 which takes place on Pier 17 at South Street Seaport. The rest of that lineup is also great, and includes names like The Men, Parquet Courts, Marnie Stern, Reigning Sound, White Lung, and more. Show starts at 1 PM.

The next day (6/30), Kurt will hang around NYC for the previously announced Big Star's Third tribute show on Central Park Summerstage. In addition to KV, that show will also include vocalists Sharon Van Etten, Marhsall Crenshaw, Pete Yorn, Reeve Carney, Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev), and Beck Stark backed by a band that includes Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Mitch Easter (Let's Active), Chris Stamey (The dB's), Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star), Charles Cleaver, and Django Haskins (The Old Ceremony). That show starts at 7 PM, is open to all ages, and is totally free.

Kurt also recently performed live on KEXP. You can watch a video of that performance, the new music video for "KV Crimes," and the list of updated Kurt Vile dates, below...


Kurt Vile - "KV Crimes" Official Video

Kurt Vile - Live on KEXP

Kurt Vile -- 2013 Tour Dates
THU 6 JUNE Bi Nuu Berlin, Germany
FRI 7 JUNE Gebäude 9 Cologne, Germany
SAT 8 JUNE La Maroquinerie Paris, France
THU 13 JUNE - SAT 15 JUNE Hultsfredsfestivalen 2013 Sigtuna, Sweden
MON 17 JUNE Lucerna Music Bar Prague, Czech Republic
TUE 18 JUNE WUK Werkstätten- u Kulturhaus Vienna, Austria
WED 19 JUNE Ljubljana Castle Ljubljana, Slovenia
THU 20 JUNE Tvornica Kulture Zagreb, Croatia
FRI 21 JUNE - SUN 23 JUNE Body & Soul Festival 2013 Meath, Ireland
SAT 29 JUNE 4 Knots Festival 2013 New York, NY, US
SUN 30 JUNE Big Star's 'Third' Tribute @ Central Park Summerstage New York, NY
SUN 7 JULY Toronto Urban Roots Festival (TURF) 2013 Toronto, ON, Canada
TUE 9 JULY Grog Shop Cleveland Heights, OH, US
WED 10 JULY Magic Stick Detroit, MI, US
THU 11 JULY Metro Chicago, IL, US
FRI 12 JULY The Vogue Theatre Indianapolis, IN, US
SAT 13 JULY The Forecastle Festival 2013 Louisville, KY, US
SAT 13 JULY Forecastle Music Festival 2013 Louisville, KY, US
SUN 14 JULY Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN, US
MON 15 JULY Bottletree Cafe Birmingham, AL, US
WED 17 JULY The Grey Eagle Asheville, NC, US
THU 18 JULY Cat's Cradle Carrboro, NC, US
FRI 19 JULY Jefferson Theater Charlottesville, VA, US
SAT 20 JULY 9:30 Club Washington, DC, US
SAT 27 JULY Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton, AB, Canada
SUN 28 JULY Calgary Folk Music Festival 2013 Calgary, AB, Canada
FRI 2 AUGUST - SUN 4 AUGUST Pickathon 2013 Portland, OR, US
FRI 9 AUGUST - SUN 11 AUGUST Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival 2013 San Francisco, CA, US
THU 5 SEPTEMBER - SAT 7 SEPTEMBERHopscotch Music Fest 2013 Raleigh, NC, US

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