On his way from Amsterdam to Gdynia, Kurt Vile and his band the Violators are stopping in Berlin to play the Columbia Theater. The long-haired rocker from Philadelphia, not to be confused with German socialist composer Kurt Weill, will play on June 30.
Whereas Bertolt Brecht’s colleague was a pianist, Vile started out by fiddling with a banjo his father gave him as a 14 year old. This must have helped Vile develop into an exceptional guitarist, finger picking through songs just like Steve Gunn who at one point was his touring guitar player.
b’lieve I’m goin’ down sees Kurt Vile enjoying himself at the bar
Before going solo, he played guitar in best friend Adam Granduciel’s band War on Drugs. It was Kurt Vile’s fourth album Smoke Ring for My Halo – released in 2011 – which got his foot in the door to the indie scene. He followed it up with 2013’s Wakin on a Pretty Daze. This effort allowed him to squeeze through the crowd. Released through Matador Records in 2015, b’lieve I’m goin’ down sees Vile enjoying himself at the bar. Though not a compilation, it has references to his two previous albums.
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