He's alright: Kurt Vile plays Black Cat Wednesday night
Is Kurt Vile a mellow, acoustic troubadour? Is he a shaggy-haired, psychedelic rock noisemaker? Can't he be both? The Philadelphia singer-songwriter -- and, yes, that's his real name -- toggles between the identities with ease, peppering his catalogue with fragile folk ruminations and sludgy electric guitar freakouts. One minute he's whispering over finger-picked guitar, the next he's shouting over a tornado of sound. His best moments, though, come when he finds his middle ground, playing hazy, mid-tempo rockers that showcase his gift for melody.
He's one of our favorites and we've written plenty about him in the past. Below check out a video of him and his backing band, the Violators, playing "Hunchback" last month in Las Vegas at Matador's 21st anniversary celebration, via Pitchfork.
| November 24, 2010; 11:10 AM ET
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