Live Review: Kurt Vile @ 9:30 Club — 11/30/18

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Kurt Vile performs at 9:30 Club on Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

Kurt Vile played a sold-out show at the 9:30 Club last Friday, the first of two nights at the club as part of the first leg of his US tour supporting his latest album, Bottle It In.

The bouncy and loose performance featured 17 songs from throughout Kurt’s career. Crunchy rockers like “Check Baby” and “KV Crimes” set the tone for the night but it was the stripped down, slower-tempo songs of Vile’s catalog where he truly shined.

Hazy, sprawling tunes like “Bassackwards” and “Girl Called Alex” enthralled the crowd while the main set closer “Wild Imagination”, complete with the obilgatory disco ball lighting, was the night’s stand-out performance.

Stream Bottle It In by Kurt Vile on Spotify:

This leg of Kurt’s tour continues through the end of the year, culminating in a hometown Philadelphia show on Dec. 29.  Kurt is touring with his well-honed backing band, The Violators, which includes Jesse Trbovich (guitar, bass), Rob Laakso (guitar, bass, keyboards), and Kyle Spence (drums). 

After a short break in the new year, Kurt will be back on the road in the United States in February and March, including a show in Richmond on March 17.

Here are some pictures of Kurt Vile and The Violators performing at 9:30 Club on Nov. 30, 2018. All photos copyright and courtesy of Kyle Gustafson.

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Setlist:
Loading Zones
Jesus Fever
Bassackwards
I’m an Outlaw
Check Baby
Girl Called Alex
Cold Was the Wind
Runner Ups (KV solo)
Heart Attack (1st verse)
Yeah Bones
Wakin on a Pretty Day
KV Crimes
Skinny Mini
Wild Imagination
Encore:
Pretty Pimpin
Puppet to the Man
Baby’s Arms
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