Kurt Vile

Full Discography

  • Childish Prodigy - OLE-887 - 2009-10-06
  • Smoke Ring For My Halo - OLE-938 - 2011-03-08
  • Wakin On A Pretty Daze - OLE-998 - 2013-04-09
  • Wakin On A Pretty Daze: Deluxe Daze (Post Haze) - OLE-998-DLX - 2013-11-19
Singles & EPs
  • He's Alright - OLE-895 - 2009-09-22
  • Square Shells EP - OLE-936 - 2010-05-25
  • In My Time - OLE-949 - 2010-11-09
  • “it's a big world out there (and i am scared)” - OLE-1045 - 2013-11-19


Kurt Vile has a way of tying time in knots. You can hear it on his new album Smoke Ring For My Halo from the get-go – the pinwheeling guitars and reaching atmospheres of ‘Baby’s Arms’ are as strange as they are familiar: a demonstration of how Kurt can put worn methods and sounds through himself and end up with something that isn’t emotionally or sonically obvious. Instead we’re left with a record that contains traces of the past but doesn’t waste precious time in the now being reverent.

Once compared to Leonard Cohen, Tom Petty, Psychic TV, and Animal Collective in the same review (for 2009’s Childish Prodigy), Kurt can bring to mind anything from Suicide to Leo Kottke to My Bloody Valentine, Bob Seger, Nick Drake, and Eastern ragas. Still, he pieces together these disparate elements so seamlessly and unpretentiously that such reference points are rendered pointless by the singularity of his sound. Kurt Vile might belong to a long lineage of classic American songwriters, but he’s the only one who’s alive and in his prime today.

This is the fourth time Kurt Vile has put an album’s worth of songs together and stuck a name on it, but in a sense Smoke Ring For My Halo is his first real album – every flinching guitar arpeggio and vocal wander was made to be here, made with this record in mind, to sit alongside another in situ and in sequence. It seems weird saying this given the amount of ground he’s covered already, but Smoke Ring For My Halo is the perfect way into the music Kurt Vile makes. It’s tender and evocative, elusive but companionable, tough in the gut and the arm but swollen in the chest and giddy in the head. It’s a record that is perfect for any given day during whatever season, to satisfy all moods in every possible scenario – be that first thing in the morning or last thing at night; today, tomorrow or five years from now.

In short, it’s real. Kurt Vile isn’t just the loneliest of ten siblings born to parents on the outskirts of Philadelphia, the former forklift truck driver who makes rock band guitar songs in the solitude of his bedroom. Smoke Ring For My Halo brings all of that together, marrying the introspection of the nocturnal stoner with the exploration of a troubadour frontiersman to arrive at a record you know is so much more than the sum of his and its constituent parts because often he sounds like he doesn’t know how he got there himself.

Produced by John Agnello with Kurt Vile and the Violators

The Violators are Mike Zanghi (drums), Adam Granduciel (guitar, mellotron, percussion), Jesse Trbovich (guitars)

News From The Matablog

Kurt Vile : Studio Footage, New Worldwide Dates

(photo by Henry Diltz)

(video directed by Danny Perez. viewers in Germany can watch the above clip here)

There's a new Kurt Vile album coming this autumn.  More news to follow (when it follows, SOON).   In the meantime, the following global dates have just been confirmed : 

Friday October 2 Boston, MA - The Paradise * #
Saturday October 3 - Sunday October 4 Austin, TX - 
Wednesday October 7 New York, NY - Webster Hall * #
Thursday October 8 Washington DC - 9:30 Club * #
Friday October 9 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer * #
Saturday October 10 - Sunday October 11  Austin, TX -Austin City Limits Festival, Zilker Park, Austin TX
Wednesday October 14 Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theater %
Friday October 16 San Francisco, CA - Fillmore %
Saturday October 17 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom %
Sunday October 18 Seattle, WA - The Showbox %
Wednesday October 21 Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights * #
Friday October 23 Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall * #
Saturday October 24 Detroit, MI - St Andew's Hall * #
Sunday October 25 Toronoto, ONT - Phoenix Theatre * #
Friday October 30 Paris, FR - Pitchfork Festival
Saturday October 31 Amsterdam, NL - London Calling @ Paradiso * 
Sunday November 1 Brussel, Belgium - Autumn Falls @ AB-Box *
Tuesday November 3 Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefahrlich  *
Wednesday November 4 Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall 
Thursday November 5 Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller 
Friday November 6 Stockholm, Sweden - Munchenbryggeriet *
Saturday November 7 Copenhangen, Demark - Amerbio *
Monday November 9 Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof *
Tuesday November 10 Koln, Germany - Gebaeude 9 *
Wednesday November 11 Brighton, UK - Concorde 2 *
Thursday November 12 London, UK - Electric Ballroom 
Friday November 13 Bristol, UK - Motion *
Sunday November 15 Dublin, EIR - Vicar Street *
Monday November 16 Glasgow, UK - ABC1 *
Tuesday November 17 Leeds, UK - Leeds Uni Stylus *
Wednesday November 18 Manchester, UK - The Ritz *
Friday November 20 Lucerne, CH - Sudpol *
Saturday November 21 Lyon, France - Epicerie Moderne *
Sunday November 22 Barcelona, Spain - Apolo *
Monday November 23 Madrid, Spain - Penelope *
Tuesday November 24 Lisbon, Portugal - Armazem F *
* - with Waxahatchee
# - with Luke Roberts
% - with Cass McCombs and Heron Oblivion


Kurt & The Violators will be playing a very special benefit show in Philadelphia next Friday, June 20th in conjunction with R5 Productions at Union Transfer to raise money for the rehabilitation of Ralph Brooks Park in the Point Breeze section of South Philadelphia. ALL proceeds from the show will be donated to the project. The goal is to completely revitalize the park with a new basketball court, playground and more.

Tickets: http://www.utphilly.com/event/584159-kurt-vile-violators-philadelphia/

More info: http://www.r5productions.com/2014/06/10/charity-things-punk-rock-flea-raises-10000-kurt-vile-benefit/



Lots going on this weekend and it all kicks off TONIGHT with Kurt Vile and The Violators warming up Governors Ball with the Official Kickoff Party at Brooklyn Bowl. Advance tickets are sold out but there are a limited number of tickets being held at the door starting at... 6pm. That's in a little more than an hour, get movin'.

Below is a schedule for the rest of the weekend. See you out there.

FRIDAY June 6th

Governors Ball: Kurt Vile and The Violators on Big Apple Stage at 2:15pm

Record Release Show for 'Glass Boys' : Fucked Up at Bowery Ballroom at 9:00pm SOLD OUT

Pitchfork Nightcap & Governors Ball Presents: Majical Cloudz - The Studio at Webster Hall starting at 10:00pm. Tickets here.


Governors Ball: Tanlines (True Panther) on Big Apple Stage at 2:15pm

SUNDAY June 8th

Governors Ball: Interpol on Big Apple Stage at 8:00pm (have you heard the news about 'El Pintor' yet?)


Kurt Vile on "The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast"

OK, though we're not sure what's up with the horrible advertisement above, here's the latest episode of The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast featuring B.E.E.'s extended conversation with the one and only Kurt Vile. Nils tells us this is great stuff, and who knows, maybe the Jelloman can be lined up as a future guest?

Kurt Vile & The Violators at Jabberwocky Festival

Kurt and his Violators have just been announced for the first ever Jabberwocky Festival - taking place at London's Excel Centre on August 15 & 16.  The new festival is a co-promotion by ATP, Pitchfork and Primavera and the lineup is looking pretty, pretty great.  Kurt is in fine company on the bill alongside the previously announced DARKSIDE and Iceage as well as Matador family favourites, Thee Oh Sees.

Get your tickets here and for more info take a look at:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/atpfestival
Twitter: www.twitter.com/atpfestival
Instagram: @atpfestival
Website: www.atpfestival.com

Jabberwocky 2014 | August 15th & 16th | Excel Centre London | Presented by All Tomorrow’s Parties, Pitchfork & Primavera

And here's a reminder of where else you can find Kurt over the Summer:

Monday 31 Dudingen, EN Bad Bonn

Tuesday 01 Athens, NS Gagarin 205
Thursday 03 Milan, AN Biko Club
Friday 04 Rotterdam, AM Motel Mozaique
Saturday 05 Hamburg, RG Hafenklang
Sunday 06 Berlin, IN Hebbel Am Ufer 2
Monday 07 Dublin, IN Whelans
Wednesday 09 Cork, RK The Pavillion
Thursday 10 Paris, IS Cafe de la Danse
Friday 11 Gent, NT Vooruit
Saturday 12 London, ON St James Piccadilly
Sunday 13 Brighton, ON All Saints Church
Monday 14 Copenhagen, EN Bremen Theater
Tuesday 15 Oslo, LO Rockefeller
Wednesday 16 Istanbul, UL IKSV

Friday 23 Boston, MA Boston Calling
Saturday 24 Boston, MA Boston Calling Festival
Sunday 25 Boston, MA Boston Calling Festival
Friday 30 Nelsonville, OH Nelsonville Music Festival

Friday 06 New York , NY Governers ball
Saturday 07 New York, NY Governors Ball
Sunday 08 New York, NY Governors Ball

Friday 04 Seattle/George, WA Sasquatch Music Festival
Thursday 10 Keflavik, IK ATP Iceland
Friday 25 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for The Arts

Saturday 16 London, UK Jabberwocky
Sunday 17 Powys, UK Greenman Festival
Wednesday 20 Zürich, CH Rote Fabrik
Friday 22 Bilbao, ES Kafe Antzokia
Saturday 23 Paredes de Coura, PT Festival Paredes de Coura
Sunday 24 Madrid, ES Joy
Monday 25 Barcelona, ES Apollo

Music & Video

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