Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Kurt Vile Played Other Music - Pictures, Review

Last night we stopped by Other Music to see Kurt Vile's third record store appearance of the day - and it was well worth the effort. After waiting in a length line for about thirty minutes, we barely squeezed in to a packed house. For the next hour or so, Vile delivered a set that pulled largely from his fantastic new record Smoke Ring For My Halo.

As is typical Vile, much of the set was sung from behind his notably massive head of hair, with the occasional grin or eye sparkle here and there. That did nothing, however, to hurt the performance, which was nothing short of stellar. Armed only with an acoustic guitar and a handful of reverb, he delivered a set that was intimate, emotional, and composed.

The set not only illustrated why Vile has a rapidly expanding fan base, but also just how rock solid his songwriting truly is. We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Vile won't be playing small rooms forever. Catch him while you can.

Kurt Vile appears with J. Mascis at Music Hall Of Williamsburg on March 26th
More pictures in the HAD Archive