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One of music’s finest qualities is that, for all its unifying power, it strikes different people in radically different ways. There is value in recognizing consensus, in appreciating the work that resonates with a broad swath of humanity, so every year the Stereogum staff teams up to generate a list of the year’s best albums. More »

We heard it again and again in 2015: This year in music is so good that any attempt to make sense of it is going to be a fool’s errand. And it’s true. We always agonize over our year-end lists, but we agonized harder over this one than we usually do. There are albums that… More »

Wakin On A Pretty Daze felt like a happy ending for Kurt Vile. The album’s blissed-out folk-rock jams doubled as portraits of a rock star who’d settled into an immensely appealing version of middle age: Get famous enough to draw big crowds, sell a new record to your constituents every couple years, tour enough to… More »

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Kurt Vile Was An Answer On Jeopardy!

Occasionally, some fairly easy indie music trivia makes its way onto Jeopardy!, and when it does, contestants are often left baffled. Case in point: Tonight…
Peter Helman | February 2, 2016 - 9:28 pm
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Stream New Songs By Kurt Vile, Yo La Tengo, & More From Three Lobed’s Parallelogram Series

North Carolina-based Three Lobed Recordings have made a name for themselves on ambitious projects, and this next one might just be their most exciting yet:…
James Rettig | December 10, 2015 - 1:57 pm
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Dinosaur Jr. Close Out Anniversary Week With Evan Dando, Kevin Shields, Negative Approach, Lee Ranaldo, Kim Gordon, Stephen McBean, Kurt Vile, Roddy Bottum

Last night, underground rock legends Dinosaur Jr. wrapped up a seven-night stand at New York's Bowery Ballroom. They've had big surprise guests at every one…
Tom Breihan | December 10, 2015 - 10:16 am
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Watch Kurt Vile Play “Pretty Pimpin” On Colbert With J Mascis

All week, Dinosaur Jr. have been playing every night at New York's Bowery Ballroom and welcoming a parade of special guests to the stage. One…
Tom Breihan | December 10, 2015 - 8:47 am
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Watch Kevin Shields, Mike Watt, & Sharon Van Etten Join Dinosaur Jr. In NYC

This week, Dinosaur Jr. have been playing a seven-night stand at New York's Bowery Ballroom, and they've brought out a ton of special guests, including…
Tom Breihan | December 9, 2015 - 9:53 am
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Mark Kozelek Teases El-P Collab, Elliott Smith Cover, Piano/Vocal Album Feat. Mike Patton

Mark Kozelek followed his tumultuous 2014 with a tempestuous 2015, but as Kozelek tells it, 2015 has been "a wonderful year of playing music." So…
Chris DeVille | December 8, 2015 - 1:59 pm
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Watch Kurt Vile & Cyndi Lauper Cover The Rolling Stones At Home For The Holidays Benefit

Last night, Cyndi Lauper held her annual Home For The Holidays benefit concert at NYC's Beacon Theatre, with 100% of the proceeds going to aid…
Peter Helman | December 6, 2015 - 4:08 pm
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Watch Dinosaur Jr. Cover Neil Young’s “Cortez The Killer” With Kurt Vile

Dinosaur Jr. just kicked off a seven-night run of shows at NYC's Bowery Ballroom in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their debut album, Dinosaur.
Peter Helman | December 4, 2015 - 7:12 pm
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The Best Rock Acts Of 2015 Celebrate Ground Control Touring At NYC Mini-Fest

Last night, the booking agency Ground Control Touring and the music site Noisey partnered to bring something like a five hour mini-festival to Manhattan's Webster…
Ryan Leas | December 3, 2015 - 12:37 pm
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Watch Kurt Vile Play “Lost My Head There” Solo In A Paris Restaurant For La Blogothèque

For years, the French website La Blogothèque has been filming musicians playing in public places around Paris for their Take Away Shows video series. The…
Tom Breihan | November 18, 2015 - 9:07 am
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Hangout Festival 2016 Lineup

Here it is: The first major music festival lineup of the 2016 season. (SXSW, with its sprawling network of showcases, is a different kind of…
Chris DeVille | November 17, 2015 - 1:37 pm
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Watch Kurt Vile Play B’lieve Songs For The First Time At Philly Tour Opener

Earlier this week Kurt Vile kicked off his tour in support of b'lieve i'm goin down at Philadelphia music scene hub Johnny Brenda's, and many…
Chris DeVille | October 2, 2015 - 4:20 pm
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Watch Kurt Vile Perform Two b’lieve Tracks On Conan

Kurt Vile's new album, b'lieve i'm goin down, comes out today -- we're fans of it here -- and last night he stopped by Conan
James Rettig | September 25, 2015 - 10:16 am
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Read Kim Gordon’s Interview With Kurt Vile

When Kurt Vile's latest album, b’lieve I’m goin down..., was announced, it was accompanied by a biography blurb from none other than Kim Gordon, who…
James Rettig | September 22, 2015 - 3:29 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Have you watched Kendrick Lamar on Colbert? Because holy fuck. If you haven't watched it, watch it. If you have watched it, watch it again.
Tom Breihan | September 11, 2015 - 5:11 pm
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Check Out Kurt Vile’s Levi’s Ad

Kurt Vile is one of the greatest living songwriters in America, which is probably why the Bank of America licensed one of his most poignant…
Caitlin White | September 11, 2015 - 11:14 am

Kurt Vile – “Life Like This” Video

The great laconic guitar hero Kurt Vile has a new album called b'lieve i'm goin down... coming out in a couple of weeks, and he's…
Tom Breihan | September 10, 2015 - 10:01 am
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