Written by Angel Park
This past Friday evening marked the first of two sold-out shows at the Union Transfer for legendary Philly folk artist, Kurt Vile. These hometown stops were done as part of Vile‘s multicity tour spanning cities across the U.S. in support of his latest album, Watch My Moves. This fifteen-song release is filled with dreamy, psych-inspired rock and features acclaimed fan favorites such as “Mount Airy Hill,” “‘Goin’ on a Plane Today,” and “Thinkin’ About Flyin.”
As the crowd packed the venue floor, the supporting band, Natural Information Society, kicked off the show by diving right into their pleasant avant-garde, long-form set. Despite lacking any introductions, the group’s contemporary sound captivated the audience and touched on a compelling combination of jazz, minimalism, and traditional music genres.
Following Natural Information Society was Vile, who warmly greeted the crowd of cheering fans before riffing into the opening chords of “Palace of OKV in Reverse.” With his bandmates strumming along and his iconic Vile logo glowing behind him, Vile‘s stage presence captivated everyone in the audience. Mixing both his old and new music, his set had a track to please both past and recent Vile fans.
If you’re a fan of folk, Kurt Vile and Natural Information Society are definitely two groups that are worth a listen.
Tickets are still available for the ‘Watch My Moves’ tour here.
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