Kurt Vile Tour Dates 2018

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The Philadelphia-born singer and songwriter Kurt Vile has added more dates to his 2016 world tour. In support of his critically acclaimed sixth studio release, ‘b’lieve i’m going down…’, Kurt Vile’s current schedule sees him and his backing band, The Violators, doing a significant number of dates all over the North America, including six shows in Europe.

With such extensive dates from coast to coast across the US, it really does show the reach of Vile’s folksy troubadour prowess.

Check out Kurt Vile concert dates below to find a gig near you this spring.

Kurt Vile and The Violators: 2016 tour dates

For those who can’t manage to catch Kurt Vile on any of the dates above – there is another way to get a Vile fix. ‘Animals’, a new animated HBO series will be airing next month and features the voice of Kurt, alongside other big names such as A$AP Rocky.

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What to expect live

With his curtain of long hair, a Lou-Reed-esque singing style and a deft hand on the guitar – one can expect nothing but good old fashioned musical story telling with a live performance of Kurt Vile and his band.

Fans shouldn’t expect a rock show. In fact, Vile’s relaxed/weirdo/chilled vibe in his music mirrors his on stage persona perfectly.

Kurt Vile’s last album: b’lieve i’m going down

With its mix of philosophical, melancholia and catchy beats, b’lieve i’m going down has been Vile’s most acclaimed album yet.

His latest release follows a theme of previous folk-rock albums, including Smoke Ring For My Halo and Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze, albeit with a slightly more relaxed feel as he tones down on the electric guitar. Noted for its sadder themes, it sees Vile doing what he does best – capturing an emotion and transcribing it into music for the modern world.

Released in September last year on Matador records, the album is full of Vile’s witty and sophisticated musings as he fully lives up to his persona of a “slacker rocker”. Weird, observant and charmingly funny, it also sees him mixing up his instrumentation: banjos and pianos feature where electric guitar once did.

“Pretty Pimpin’” is Vile’s catchiest song to date, as the lyrics describe a man looking at a mirror in confusion, as he takes multiple looks at “the man in the meer-ror”, sung in his unique, almost nasally snarl. The title of the fourth track sums up his nonchalant existential crisis appeal perfectly: “That’s Life, tho (almost hate to say)”.

Kurt Vile.A quick biography

Vile has stated his love of music at age of 14 when his father bought him a banjo. Throughout his teenage years and early adult years, Vile would self-release his music on cassettes and CD-Rs – marking the beginning of a prolific musical life.

Vile worked as a forklift driver from 2000 to 2002 whilst continuing to self-release music. Vile moved to Boston briefly, but returned to Philadelphia in 2003 where he started working with fellow musician Adam Granduciel. The two eventually formed the indie rock band The War on Drugs in 2005 and they released their debut album, Wagonwheel Blues, in 2008.

During the same period, Vile’s also released his debut solo album, Constant Hitmaker, which consisted of his self-produced recordings from 2003 to 2007. As The War on Drugs grew in popularity, Vile decided to concentrate on his solo career and amicably left the band.

Fellow The War on Drugs cofounder Adam Granduciel continued to be a part of Vile’s backing band, The Violators, until leaving in 2011.

Current backing band members include Jesse Trbovich on guitar, bass and saxophone, Rob Laakso on guitar, bass and keys, and Kyle Spence on drums.

Kurt Vile’s discography

Vile’s debut album Constant Hitmaker released in 2008 would ring true to its name. The prolific artist has gone to constantly release hit after hit throughout the years.

In 2009 he released his second album, God Is Saying This to You... on independent record label Mexican Summer. It too consisted of previous self-produced recordings. At the time of its release, Vile had already recorded Childish Prodigy, a studio album, which was then released the same year on Matador Records. This officially marked his shift from bedroom lo-fi to polished recordings and his cemented relationship with Matador Records.

Vile then released Smoke Ring for My Halo in 2011 and Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze in 2013, both albums receiving positive reviews.

Date City&Country Venue Tickets
17 February 2016 Wednesday New Haven, US College Street Music Hall Passed
18 February 2016 Thursday Northampton, US Pearl Street Nightclub Passed
19 February 2016 Friday South Burlington, US Higher Ground Passed
20 February 2016 Saturday Montreal, CA Theatre Corona Virgin Mobile Passed
21 February 2016 Sunday Ithaca, NY, US The Haunt (Rochester) Passed
22 February 2016 Monday Pittsburgh, US Mr.Smalls Fun House Passed
24 February 2016 Wednesday Louisville, KY, US Headliners Music Hall Passed
26 February 2016 Friday Asheville, US The Orange Peel Passed
27 February 2016 Saturday Atlanta, US Variety Playhouse Passed
28 February 2016 Sunday Birmingham, AL, US Saturn Birmingham Passed
29 February 2016 Monday Oxford, MS, US Proud Larry's Passed
02 March 2016 Wednesday Knoxville, US Bijou Theatre Passed
03 March 2016 Thursday Carrboro, US Cat's Cradle Passed
04 March 2016 Friday Baltimore, US Ottobar Passed
09 March 2016 Wednesday Gent, BE Handelsbeurs Passed
10 March 2016 Thursday London, GB Roundhouse Passed
11 March 2016 Friday Brighton, GB All Saints Church Passed
12 March 2016 Saturday Utrecht, NL De Helling Passed
13 March 2016 Sunday Nijmegen, NL Doornroosje Passed
31 March 2016 Thursday Buffalo, US Asbury Hall Passed
01 April 2016 Friday Cleveland, US Grog Shop Passed
02 April 2016 Saturday Columbus, US Newport Music Hall Passed
03 April 2016 Sunday Bloomington, US Bluebird Passed
05 April 2016 Tuesday Milwaukee, US Pabst Theatre Passed
08 April 2016 Friday Lawrence, US Granada Theatre Passed
09 April 2016 Saturday Omaha, US The Waiting Room Lounge Passed
11 April 2016 Monday Columbia, MO, US The Blue Note Passed
12 April 2016 Tuesday Tulsa, US Cain's Ballroom Passed
14 April 2016 Thursday Houston, TX, US House of Blues Passed
15 April 2016 Friday Austin, TX, US Stubb's Waller Creek Outdoor Amphitheater Passed
16 April 2016 Saturday Dallas, TX, US Granada Theatre Passed
16 April 2016 Saturday New Orleans, LA, US Republic Passed
16 May 2016 Monday Sydney, AU Enmore Theatre Passed
20 May 2016 Friday Gulf Shores, US Gulf Shores Passed
30 May 2016 Monday George, WA, US Gorge Amphitheatre Passed
10 June 2016 Friday Manchester, GB Manchester Farm Passed
16 July 2016 Saturday Lisbon, PT Parque das Nacoes Passed
22 July 2016 Friday Camden, US BB&T Pavilion Passed
22 July 2016 Friday Oro, CA WayHome Music & Arts Festival 2016 Passed
24 July 2016 Sunday New York, US Randall's Island Passed
29 July 2016 Friday Montreal, CA Osheaga Festival 2016 Passed
07 August 2016 Sunday Los Angeles, CA, US Hollywood Bowl Passed
12 August 2016 Friday Berkeley, CA, US Greek Theatre Passed
13 August 2016 Saturday Berkeley, CA, US Greek Theatre Passed
17 August 2016 Wednesday Morrison, CO, US Red Rocks Amphitheatre Passed
17 August 2016 Wednesday Morrison, CO, US Red Rocks Amphitheatre Passed
20 August 2016 Saturday Minneapolis, MN, US Historic Halls Island Passed
27 August 2016 Saturday Lancaster, PA, US Chameleon Club Passed
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