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Born on the outskirts of Philadelphia to a family of ten siblings, Kurt Vile exudes a positively warming grasp of classic rock and modern form and is often marked by influences from Leonard Cohen and My Bloody Valentine to Animal Collective.

With a big hometown gig coming up this weekend featuring his backing band The Violators, Philadelphia’s Kurt Vile went acoustic for a subdued upstairs set for the Non-COMM crowd. It was a rare chance to see Vile unadorned, his songs in their barest essence, both the expansive pieces from his new Wakin’ On a Pretty Daze (“Goldtone,” the title track) as well as older numbers like “Baby’s Arms” and “Peeping Tomboy.” Check out photos from Vile’s set in the gallery above, read the setlist below and listen to the performance in its entirety.
This show is SOLD OUT. It's a hometown show this Friday with Philly guitarist & songwriter, Kurt Vile & The Violaters! One of the great young talents in Philly, Kurt Vile just released his 5th album Wakin' On A Pretty Daze. He plays Union Transer 5/18, and will be here this Friday for an XPN Free At Noon.

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Philadelphian musician and producer Kurt Vile is very much a self-made artist. Beginning his musical career creating lo-fi recordings in his house, Vile subsequently founded the indie rock band The War on Drugs with partner Adam Granduciel. The duo released two albums: Wagonwheel Blues in 2008 and Slave Ambient in 2011. However, Vile is most known for his solo work. In a span of two years, Vile made three studio albums. His fourth album, Smoke Ring for My Halo, increased his exposure significantly in 2011 with its #154 rank on the U.S. Chart and wide critical acclaim.

Vile's fifth and most recent album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, was released April 9. The album includes the hit title track, "Wakin On A Pretty Day."

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Recent Release: Wakin On A Pretty Daze
Release Date: April 9, 2013
Label: Matador Records
Band Origin: Philadelphia, PA

Penn Relays return to Franklin Field at University of Pennsylvania this week (April 25-27, 2013). There will be no metered parking and extremely limited parking in University City. Increased security measures will also be in place. Anyone coming to the XPN Free At Noon on Friday, April 26 should take SEPTA public transportation.




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