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Kurt Vile

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Philadelphia, United States (2003 – present)

Kurt Vile (born 1980 in Philadelphia) is an American guitarist and singer. Previously the lead guitarist in the band The War on Drugs, he began his solo career in 2008.

Vile began his musical career in 2003 creating lo-fi home recordings with frequent collaborator Adam Granduciel. The duo subsequently formed the indie rock band The War on Drugs in 2005. Vile departed following the release of their debut studio album, Wagonwheel Blues, in 2008.

Vile’s music has been likened to Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, and Tom Petty. His first album for Matador, titled Childish Prodigy was released in October 2009. Prior to signing with Matador, Vile released two albums, God is Saying This to You and Constant Hitmaker, on Mexican Summer and Woodsist, respectively. He plays both solo shows as well as shows with a backing band called The Violators.

Smoke Ring For My Halo, released in March of 2011, is Kurt Vile’s fourth album and second official release for Matador Records. Uncut placed the album at number 14 on its list of “Top 50 albums of 2011” and garnered Vile the iTunes #Rewind2011 Singer/Songwriter Album of the Year. Vile followed up the widely acclaimed album with the six-song EP release, So Outta Reach, in November of the same year. The EP was composed of tracks originating from the same sessions that birthed Smoke Ring for My Halo.

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  • Damn3da

    Such a great and underrated artist.

    23 Mar 6:11pm Reply
  • Sharenge

    Been binging so hard on Smoke Ring and Pretty Day since I finally got around to checking them out a week ago

    21 Feb 6:02pm Reply
  • d1lll1nger

    superb

    19 Jan 7:34pm Reply
  • yuckyz

    smoke 420 for my hunchback

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • juggernaut88j

    azaza

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • SrJohnnyCat

    Every time I listen to Kurt Vile's music, I always remeber my travel to Durango, MX, even though I never heard his music back then. I just remeber the forest, the cloudy sky, the cold wheather, the dessert, and big buildings and the long highways. God, this makes me so happy. ♥

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • british-rocker

    Smoke Ring for My Halo,is the best album

    20 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Cosm01

    Does this guy have more songs like Pure Pain? Love that song, the rest of that album doesn't really do it for me though

    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • d1lll1nger

    Brilliant!

    16 Aug 2014 Reply
  • HugePackage

    Raw show in Gothenburg. This guy is incredible!!

    12 Aug 2014 Reply
  • SouptheHoop

    Aint that the truth

    2 Aug 2014 Reply
  • asklon

    feels good man

    23 Jul 2014 Reply
  • nesaatniece

    This guys music somehow manages to be the easiest thing in the world to listen to but also incredibly rewarding at the same time. All his stuff up until now has been fantastic and his ep's are just as good as his full albums. Kurt seriously is the coolest guy around. Love him! [2345]

    18 Jul 2014 Reply
  • RainyWoods

    This guys music somehow manages to be the easiest thing in the world to listen to but also incredibly rewarding at the same time. All his stuff up until now has been fantastic and his ep's are just as good as his full albums. Kurt seriously is the coolest guy around. Love him!

    17 Jul 2014 Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Ślaska dla fanów Kurt Vile

    4 Jun 2014 Reply
  • wiseblood-

    Looking forward to seeing Mr. Vile tomorrow at BAWSTON CAWLING!

    25 May 2014 Reply
  • oceanseacrest

    His music always reminds me of summer days.

    6 May 2014 Reply
  • u2theedge

    최악 진짜 마음에 안드는 양반

    18 Apr 2014 Reply
  • thelastamy

    2 concerti a Milano lo stesso giorno? wow

    2 Apr 2014 Reply
  • british-rocker

    Baby's Arms Best song

    9 Mar 2014 Reply
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