Kurt Vile's new album '(watch my moves)' comes out in April on Verve; watch a trippy video for "Like Exploding Stones" - WXPN
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Philly singer-songwriter Kurt Vile is making his Verve Records debut this year, and his first song for the new label doesn’t hold back in any kind of way. “Like Exploding Stones,” out today, is seven and a half minutes of drifting, dreamlike licks and interlocked arrangements, with Vile’s trademark non-sequitur wordplay.

The Sean Dunne-directed music video for the song finds Vile and his guitar walking along a pedestrian trail in Northeast Philadelphia, then dropping in on a roller skating rink where Sun Ra Arkestra’s James Stewart is performing.

The song is but a taste of (watch my moves), Vile’s ninth studio album, which will contain 14 originals and a cover of “Wages of Sin” by Bruce Springsteen. The record features guests like Chastity Belt, Cate Le Bon, and Vile’s longtime bud Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint. Vile recorded it at his Northwest Philadelphia home studio, which he’s dubbed OKV Central. From a press release:

“When Waylon Jennings became an outlaw country artist, he liked to record at Hillbilly Central, which was Tompall Glaser’s studio. OKV Central is my version of that in Mount Airy. I’ve come into my own here, and at the same time I’m getting back to my home-recording roots.”

The album is is out on April 15th, and can be pre-ordered here. Kurt’s expansive U.S. and European tour was announced today, and includes two nights at Union Transfer on Friday June 3rd and Saturday June 4th; Natural Information Society opens night one, Sun Ra Arkestra opens night two, and tickets and more information on both can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Tour Dates
April 26—Norfolk, VA—The NorVa*
April 27—Saxaphaw, NC—Haw River Ballroom*
April 28—Asheville, NC—The Orange Peel*
April 30—Atlanta, GA—Shaky Knees Music Festival
May 1—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium*
May 3—Oklahoma City, OK—Jones Assembly*
May 4—Houston, TX—White Oak Music Hall*
May 5—Dallas, TX—Granada Theater*
May 6—Austin, TX—ACL Live at the Moody Theater*
May 7—San Antonio, TX—Aztec Theater*
May 9—Phoenix, AZ—Van Buren*
May 10—San Diego, CA—The Observatory North Park*
May 12—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre at The Ace Hotel*
May 13—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore*
May 14—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore*
May 15—Sonoma, CA—Gundlach Bundschu Winery*
May 17—Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom*
May 18—Tacoma, WA—Spanish Ballroom*
May 19—Spokane, WA—Knitting Factory*
May 20—Seattle, WA—The Moore*
May 21—Boise, ID—Knitting Factory
May 23—Denver, CO—Ogden Theater
May 25—Minneapolis, MN—First Avenue+
May 26—Milwaukee, WI—Turner Ballroom+
May 27—Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall+
May 28—Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall+
June 1—New York, NY—Webster Hall+
June 2—New York, NY—Webster Hall~
June 3—Philadelphia, PA—Union Transfer+
June 4—Philadelphia, PA—Union Transfer~
*with Chastity Belt
+with Natural Information Society
~with Sun Ra Arkestra

August 26—London, U.K.—All Points East Festival
August 27—Bath, U.K.—Forum
August 28—Leeds, U.K.—Stylus
August 29—Glasgow, U.K.—QMU
August 30—Belfast, U.K.—Limelight
August 31—Dublin, Ireland—Vicar Street
September 2—Birmingham, U.K.—Moseley Folk & Arts Festival
September 3—Manchester, U.K.—Manchester Psych Fest
September 4—Dorset, U.K.—End of the Road Festival
September 5—Antwerpen, Belgium—OLT
September 12—Köln, Germany—Gloria Theater
September 13—Amsterdam, the Netherlands—Paradiso
September 14—Nijmegen, the Netherlands—Openluchttheater Goffert
September 15—Berlin, Germany—Huxleys
September 16—Copenhagen, DK—The Grey Hall
September 17—Malmö, Sweden—Plan B
September 19—Kortrijk, Belgium—Depart
September 20—Paris, France—Le Trianon
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