KURT VILE-“Childish Prodigy”

There are some submissions that I get and as soon as I hear the first few chords I know I’ll be reviewing it.  This is one such album.

Kurt Vile is from Philly, and started out as the lead guitarist for “The War On Drugs,” a strong indie band in their own right, but now he’s on the solo tip, on Matador Records.

That first track I referred to above is titled, “Hunchback.”  It’s dark and bluesy, like Nobunny or Lou Reed with more fuzz and grit.  I’ve read that Kurt Vile is his real name, and if that’s true, rarely has a person been so aptly monikered.  It immediatly made me think of a disgusting cabaret (Kurt Weil).  And that’s what this is.  It’s a totally unique sound, combining the old-fashioned with the indie-fangled.  It must be heard to be believed, truly.  I see he’s playing my alma mater, Vassar.  All I can say is, if I were still a Vasshole, I’d be there.



Oct-02 Philadelphia, PA – AKA in-store (KV SOLO)
Oct-03 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie (record release show)
Oct-07 New York, NY Mercury Lounge (record release show)
Oct-08 Poughkeepsie, NY Vassar College w/ Indian Jewelry
Oct-10 Oberlin, OH The ‘Sco (Dionysus Disco) / Oberlin College
Oct-11 Lexington, KY Al’s Bar (WFRL’s Boomslang After Show)
Oct-12 Bloomington, IN Video Saloon
Oct-13 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Oct-14 Minneapolis, MN 7th St. Entry
Oct-16 Missoula, MT The Palace
Oct-17 Seattle, WA High Dive
Oct-18 Portland, OR Holocene
Oct-20 Arcata, CA Jumbalaya
Oct-21 San Francisco, CA Hemlock Tavern
Oct-22 Santa Cruz, CA Crepe Place
Oct-23 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland
Oct-25 San Diego, CA Casbah
Oct-27 Tempe, AZ Modified Arts
Oct-29 Lubbock, TX Bash Riprocks
Oct-30 Austin, TX Mohawk
Oct-31 Dallas, TX Lounge on Elm Street (FREE w/ costume)
Nov-02 Memphis, TN Hi Tone w/ Lovvers
Nov-03 Atlanta, GA 529
Nov-04 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
Nov-05 Washington, DC Black Cat

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