Kurt Vile and the Violators, Love of Everything, Plastic Crimewave, Ken Camden | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Kurt Vile and the Violators, Love of Everything, Plastic Crimewave, Ken Camden Recommended Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Tue., Oct. 13, 9:30 p.m. 2009

It’s easy to hate a musician like Kurt Vile: he’s young and painfully hip, and every tastemaking label worth blogging about seems eager to line up around the block to fellate him. He’s such a perfect target, in fact, that when you turn out to like him it’s a bit of a letdown. He’s given his new album, Childish Prodigy (Matador), a title that wraps his apparently healthy self-regard in the thinnest layer of irony—something that by rights should just make him more hateable—but it’s honestly one of the most pleasurable singer-songwriter records of the year. Vile works hard to project the persona of a romantic urban wastrel poet—something hundreds of young men continue to strive after, even though Richard Hell perfected it a couple of decades ago—and he does a better job than the vast majority of his fellows, setting his dreamy odes to fucked-up friends, fucked-up loves, and generally being fucked up to scratchy, beat-up tunes that make up for a shortage of memorable melodies with a Suicide-by-way-of-Springsteen moodiness. Vile is backed by his band the Violators; Love of Everything and Ken Camden open. —Miles Raymer

Price: $8 (limited $5 tickets)

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