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Kurt Vile at the Majestic, 3 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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If you want proof that Kurt Vile plays nice with others, check out his latest album, "Bottle It In."

Following on the heels of "Lotta Sea Lice," Vile's 2017 collaboration with Australian artist Courtney Barnett, "Bottle It In" finds the Philadelphia-based indie rocker working with a variety of producers and guest musicians, including Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, Cass McCombs, Warpaint's Stella Mozgawa and others. The album came out last October, and Vile still feels "really proud and positive" about what he accomplished and is enjoying turning the songs into live pieces on tour...

• Vile, 39, says by phone that he sees "Bottle It In" as "a culmination of my sound, combining pretty much everything I've done up 'til now, really. This record's got elements from my earliest home recordings -- like weird, underwater keyboards and psychedelic things -- but still that classic, growing songwriter strength or classic rock thing mixed with the folk and all kind of elements I’ve been doing. This is just kind of like a headier, more confident version of everything, the various outlets and styles I have, all on one record."

• Vile notes that working with multiple collaborators has "become my style. I think I've really been doing that since the beginning, bouncing around and working with whoever. I've made friendships with all these people. Rob Schnapf, one of the producers, is kind of a father figure to me. I tried one new dude, Shawn Everett, and we got along famously. I think the styles of music jump around, anyway, so it makes sense to work with different people if you're going to make songs that sound different from one another."

• As to what he might do next, Vile says that, "I'm started, at least with my mind at home, to think about it, and I know it's going to extend from there. I'm going to keep it organic, maybe even something more stripped down. We'll see. I don't know how long it will take, but I definitely have my mind on it."

Kurt Vile & the Violators and the Sadies, perform Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors at 8 p.m. $27 advance, $30 day of show. 313-833-9700 or visit majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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