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CapLive: Kurt Vile and The Violators

Capitol Theatre

Sat, May 31, 2014
Tickets: $24
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NOW you can pre-party in the Strand-Studio! See below for Pre-Show Party details

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CapLive presents …

Kurt Vile and The Violators
Special Guest: Steve Gunn



Kurt Vile and The Violators

KurtVile_250webKurt Vile has slowly, quietly become one of the great American guitarists and songwriters of our time. Kurt was born in 1980, one of ten children, and raised in the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia. As a teenager, his bluegrass-loving father gifted him with a banjo, when what Kurt craved was a guitar — so he played it as if it were.

Bewitched by lo-fi figureheads like Beck, Pavement and Smog, along with a love for classics like Tom Petty, Creedence and Neil Young, he recorded his first songs and self-distributed them on CD-R between 2003 and 2007. These were compiled on 2008’s Constant Hitmaker and the 2009 mini-album God Is Saying This To You … The dreamy and psychedelic tangles of damaged but still-lyrical song announced a major new artist wandering in from the hinterlands.

The Violators debuted on the 2009 EP The Hunchback, coming into their own on Vile’s third album, Childish Prodigy. More violent, more vivid, more ecstatically ‘rock’ than anything else in Vile’s catalogue; the album was a righteous leap forward. The album that followed, the breakthrough Smoke Ring For My Halo, was more reflective, something sun-dappled and sexy in softly strung-out strums like “Peeping Tomboy,” the kindred flipside to barnstormers like “Freak Train” off the previous record.

His fifth album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, is a 69-minute double LP and Kurt’s defining statement to date. Where previous albums alternated between gorgeous fingerpicking and heavy guitar workouts, this album blends the two in dreamy, expansive songs that gradually unfurl like a massive flag. It is a record that would have sounded great 30 years ago, sounds great today, and will still sound great 30 years from now.


SteveGunn_250webSteve Gunn

Steve Gunn is a New York-based guitarist and songwriter. With a career spanning nearly fifteen years, Steve has produced volumes of critically acclaimed solo, duo, and ensemble recordings.

Mining the catalogs of Basho, Bull, Chapman, and Sharrock, among other titans of stringed-things and record-session royalty, Steve has steadily processed these inspirations into a singular, virtuosic stream. Friendships and collaborations with Jack Rose, Tom Carter, Meg Baird, and Michael Chapman colored the disciplined evolution of the discursive, deconstructed blues sound, at once transcendent and methodical, that is now Gunn’s signature. Close listening reveals the influence of Delta and Piedmont country blues, ecstatic free jazz, and psych, as well as Gnawa and Carnatic music, on the continually unfolding compositions.

Paradise of Bachelors is thrilled to release Time Off (2013), his first album as leader of a trio including longtime friends John Truscinski on drums and Justin Tripp on bass, and a record on which Steve’s compelling singing features more prominently than ever before. The album features his oblique character sketches and story-songs about friends, acquaintances, and denizens of his Brooklyn neighborhood, using the trio band format to launch his compositions into new, luminous strata. This is Gunn at the top of his game, writing his most memorable tunes and lyrics, utterly unique but steeped in traditions both vernacular and avant-garde.

A voracious schedule of international performances has cultivated a fervent fanbase for Gunn’s music throughout the world.






Pre-party in the Strand-Capitol Lobby!


WHEN: Saturday, May 31, 6:00-7:30pm

WHERE: Strand-Capitol Lobby


Join us BEFORE the show to get the party started!

  • Food Trucks
  • Music
  • Ping Pong
  • Cornhole
  • Cash Bar
  • Plus, a lobby full of CapLive music fans … now, that’s a good time!


There is NO additional cost to come early for the Pre-Show Party.



Smokin’ Something Good
Big Chipper’s BBQ has some darn good barbeque! In addition to the traditional styles of BBQ made popular from Kansas City to the Carolinas, Big Chipper’s BBQ offers spicier renditions of the classics!


Music:  Anastasia’s Outlook
This four piece indie /americana, singer/songwriter style band is based out of York, Pa. The group all met as students at York College  where they started collaborating musical tastes together to form Anastasia’s Outlook.



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