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Kurt Vile and the Violators – Terminal 5 – December 28, 2016

December 29th, 2016

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Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com

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Don’t Miss Kurt Vile and the Violators Tomorrow at Terminal 5

December 27th, 2016

Ever since amicably parting ways with the War on Drugs, following the band’s tour in support of their debut album, Wagonwheel Blues, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kurt Vile has made a name for himself with a series of stellar EPs and LPs—that have blossomed from fuzzy, lo-fi affairs into spacious, atmospheric endeavors—done solo and as Kurt Vile and the Violators. Wakin on a Pretty Daze (stream it below), out in 2013, built on his earlier work and became a word-of-mouth hit. And with widespread acclaim, Vile’s most recent full-length, B’lieve I’m Goin Down… (stream it below), made waves among critics and fans alike when it arrived last fall. The Guardian called it a “terrific slow-burner,” and the A.V. Club said it’s “easily Vile’s masterpiece to date…. Kurt Vile loosens up as he continues his astounding roll.” And while Kurt Vile and the Violators (above, performing “Pretty Pimpin”) have earned comparisons to Neil Young and Crazy Horse for their recorded material, it’s probably even more apt for their fiery live performances. Catch one of those terrific performances tomorrow night at Terminal 5. Brooklyn psych-folk outfit Woods and multi-instrumentalist Nathan Bowles open the show.

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Cayetana and Weaves Team Up to Take On Mercury Lounge

August 22nd, 2016

Cayetana (above, doing “Serious Things Are Stupid”)—Augusta Koch (vocals and guitar), Allegra Anka (bass) and Kelly Olsen (drums)—rose up out of the Philly D.I.Y. scene five years ago and have been going strong ever since. Their debut full-length, Nervous Like Me (stream it below), arrived in 2014, earning a Band to Watch label from Stereogum and praise from Consequence of Sound: “Cayetana don’t fit in with the most notorious Philadelphia rock bands to emerge of late: the War on Drugs, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Strand of Oaks. But, what the three punk rock mentality purists in Cayetana have in common with their city mates is a debt to the past and willingness to push beyond revivalism in order to create music that sounds necessary—separating themselves from similar-sounding bands by simply doing things better than their competitors.”

Thanks to their self-titled debut LP (stream it below), Weaves (above, performing “Coo Coo”)—Jasmyn Burke (vocals), Morgan Waters (guitar), Spencer Cole (drums) and Zach Bines (bass)—also earned Stereogum’s Band to Watch label, earlier this year, and—you guessed it—some praise from Consequence of Sound: “Weaves have put themselves at a compelling intersection of pop, noise, and rock. They’ve created their own unique sound, and their self-titled record features more than a handful of fun, exciting songs. Weaves may not be using traditional formulas to craft these songs, but they certainly have a handle on chemistry, and that gives them the potential to create something truly explosive in the future.” The Toronto quartet is currently on the road with Cayetana, and you can catch them both at the late show at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday night.