Win Tickets ($64): Kurt Vile and The Violators @ Crystal Ballroom | w/ Jessica Pratt, Indie, Folk

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Kurt Vile and The Violators @ Crystal Ballroom on December 14. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, December 10.


From our sponsors:
Kurt Vile and The Violators
December 14, 2018
All Ages | Doors 6:30 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $29.50 ADV, $32 Doors
More info:

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St. Oregon 97209

Having been the subject and willing conspirator of many intentional lies planted in Sonic Youth bios over the years, I know first hand the way album lore can bend reality to its truth. After the infamous Byron Coley originated the SY “Trilogy” myth in the Murray Street bio, we had no choice but to fulfill those expectations with Sonic Nurse. “Why did you decide to make a trilogy?” was always the first question asked in interviews around that time.

But this is Kurt Vile’s bio, and I wont do that to him. Anyway, Kurt does his own myth making; a boy/man with an old soul voice in the age of digital everything becoming something else, which is why this focused, brilliantly clear and seemingly candid record is a breath of fresh air. Recorded and mixed in a number of locations, including Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, b’lieve i’m goin down… is a handshake across the country, east to west coast, thru the dustbowl history (“valley of ashes”) of woody honest strait forward talk guthrie, and a cali canyon dead still nite floating in a nearly waterless landscape. The record is all air, weightless, bodyless, but grounded in convincing authenticity, in the best version of singer songwriter upcycling. In Kurt’s words, “I wanted to get back into the habit of writing a sad song on my couch, with nobody waiting on me. I really wanted it to sound like it’s on my couch – not in a lo-fi way, just more unguarded and vulnerable.”

For a record that plays like a cohesive acoustic experience, its musicality marks Kurt’s departure from an electric guitar experience to include a range of instrumentation with a large group of players. From the banjo he plays on “I’m an Outlaw” to the piano and lapsteel on “Life Like This,” and the myriad other instruments on other songs, including farfisa, resonator, arps, horns and synth, one never thinks about what exactly yr listening to as it all serves the song.?? The heart of the record is “Stand Inside.” The music is quiet and the melody, like a hymn, folds in on itself, and embraces full strength in a sexy, floating forcelessness that slowly gathers into a wave that doesn’t go where you think it will or rather gives in to itself and celebrates a man willing to be defined by a woman and his love for her as witness to each other’s lives… Don’t stand by my side, stand inside gives up roleplaying for true exposure and vulnerability.

It’s a weird, accepting, mature record, acknowledging the inherent immaturity of being a person whether father, husband, partner, adult, musician, not perfect, but compelling for its understanding … that’s life though so sad to say… I love this record,
b’lieve i’m goin down.

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33 Responses to Win Tickets ($64): Kurt Vile and The Violators @ Crystal Ballroom | w/ Jessica Pratt, Indie, Folk

  1. Bowe December 3, 2018 at 6:24 pm #

    Yaya! Pick me please, I’d love to see them preform. And I didn’t go for the easy and obvious pun of wanting to get violated.

  2. Mary December 3, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

    This new album is WONDERFUL! The show’s bound to be awesome. Also, listening to the sweet croons of Jessica Pratt would be pretty pimpin’, too. Yes, I did THAT.

  3. Ryan December 3, 2018 at 11:29 pm #


  4. Jason Jancosek December 4, 2018 at 10:45 am #

    I just got engaged and we’d love to celebrate with some of that sweet Philly sound!

  5. Mike December 4, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

    Would love these for my partner and I!

  6. Cory December 4, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

    Kurt Vile rules imo, good idea for date.

  7. Michelle December 4, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

    Would absolutely love to see Kurt Vile for a second time at the Crystal Ballroom. Longtime fan of his mellow tunes.

  8. Kris December 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

    Good times!

  9. Jason O'Connell December 4, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

    Only have seen him once with courtney Barnett. He only played a couple of his own songs. Would love to see him with his band!

  10. Madison Arnold-Scerbo December 4, 2018 at 2:47 pm #

    This sounds like fun, I would love to go and enjoy some music!

  11. Kristin December 4, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

    This would be great!

  12. Robyn December 4, 2018 at 8:28 pm #


  13. Dave G. December 4, 2018 at 9:58 pm #

    This would be an EPIC score, to see Kurt Vile!

  14. Susan H December 5, 2018 at 3:45 pm #

    I’ve never seen him live…and I’d love to!

  15. Rachel A. December 5, 2018 at 5:23 pm #

    OMG I love him! This would be so awesome! A great start to my 30th year! :)

  16. Matt December 5, 2018 at 7:39 pm #

    My roommate really wants to go and asked me to submit this to double her chances!

  17. Suzie December 5, 2018 at 7:41 pm #

    Not only would they be awesome to see live but the amazing girl I really like would absolutely flip if I scored us tickets to the show! She loves Kurt Vile!

  18. Alyssa December 5, 2018 at 11:49 pm #

    I want to take this cute girl to the show!

  19. Tom December 6, 2018 at 11:49 am #

    This guy is good

  20. Rose December 6, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

    Yes, please! Perfect date night show ❤️

  21. Destiny December 6, 2018 at 2:05 pm #

    OH this looks like its gonna be a great show and I’d love to take my Mom!

  22. CHRIS MILLER December 6, 2018 at 3:20 pm #

    Boy this would be a fun concert to attend

  23. Matt Napier December 6, 2018 at 8:08 pm #

    Violate me!!!

  24. Rb. December 7, 2018 at 5:55 am #

    Pick me! Pick me! Would love to go!

  25. Lea Hinchcliff December 7, 2018 at 3:43 pm #

    This would be fun

  26. serena schwartz December 7, 2018 at 4:39 pm #

    yesss kurt is the man! pls pick me

  27. davyd December 7, 2018 at 10:00 pm #

    last time i saw kurt, it was peering through the slats of a fence as he preceded billy joe shaver at a patio show during sxsw ’13. sure would be nice to catch him sans slats!

  28. Glenn B. December 8, 2018 at 10:35 am #

    b’lieve i’m goin down…to see this show at the Crystal!

  29. James December 8, 2018 at 11:05 am #

    We want to go because Kurt Vile’s the real deal and this show is going to be awesome!

  30. Julie D December 8, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

    Kurt Vile is amazing and seeing him this holiday season would be the best present ever!

  31. Tim December 8, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

    Yes, Kurt Vile; I park for free!

  32. Jessica December 10, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

    Oh!!! My sister birthday is on DEC 14! Would love to surprise her with a concert from Kurt baby!

  33. Lisa December 11, 2018 at 9:41 pm #

    My friend texted me to comment ;)

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