Even in the wake of the events they hosted during last week’s busy 0+ Festival, the team behind Kingston’s BSP Lounge keeps right on with the business of booking amazing shows. Recently the revamped performance venue announced a string of such dates, and atop the list is an October 24 appearance by Matador recording artists Kurt Vile and the Violators.
Kurt Vile (real name) has slowly, quietly become one of the great American guitarists and songwriters of our time. Bewitched by lo-fi figureheads like Beck, Pavement, and Smog, along with a love for classics like Tom Petty, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Neil Young, he recorded his first songs and self-distributed them on CD-R between 2003 and 2007. (These were compiled on 2008’s Constant Hitmaker
and the 2009 mini-album God is Saying This to You
.) The dreamy and psychedelic tangles of damaged but still-lyrical songcraft announced a major new artist wandering in from the hinterlands.
The Violators (then featuring Adam Granduciel, with whom Vile had co-founded the band the War On Drugs) debuted on the 2009 EP The Hunchback
, coming into their own on Childish Prodigy
, Vile’s third album and his first for Matador. The album that followed, the breakthrough Smoke Ring For My Halo, was more reflective. His fifth and newest album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze
, is a 69-minute double LP and most defining statement to date. Where previous albums alternated between gorgeous fingerpicking and heavy guitar workouts, this album blends the two in dreamy, expansive songs that gradually unfurl like a massive flag. Here’s a whiff:
Kurt Vile and the Violators will play October 24 at 8:30pm. The band VBA will open. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show. For more information, call (845) 481-5158 or visit http://bspkingston.com/.