Kurt Vile and Thurston Moore tour together in July (also play plenty of shows by themselves)

Kurt Vile and Thurston Moore tour together in July (also play plenty of shows by themselves)

Kurt Vile has been doing pretty well for himself. He just finished touring with J Mascis in what was perhaps the greatest joining of long-hairs since the 80s, and Smoke Ring From My Halo (TMT Review), quite frankly, exploded immediately after its release in March (don’t let the rating deter you; this stuff is hot). In a way, Kurt’s progression is a little like the development of The Office: Mascis finishes the tour, Steve Carrell leaves; the only way to top Steve is bringing in Will Farrell, and so next up on the marquee with Kurt is none other than Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore. By the time they begin the tour circuit, Thurston’s newest solo album, Demolished Thoughts, will be out from Matador (official date: May 24), showcasing Moore’s sensitive singer/songwriter side — if the free Mp3 download of “Benediction” is any indication. Let’s see if sparks fly!

At this rate, what’s Kurt Vile going to do next? Bring Kurt Cobain back from the dead, say, for a free show?

Kurt Vile and Thurston Moore (together):

07.18.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
07.21.11 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
07.23.11 - Portland, OR - Alladin Theater
07.26.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
07.28.11 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
07.29.11 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
07.30.11 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah

Thurston Moore (alone):

05.20.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
06.25.11 - North Adams, MA - Solid Sound Festival
06.26.11 - North Adams, MA - Solid Sound Festival
07.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.16.11 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon

Kurt Vile (alone):

05.08.11 - Koln, Germany - King Georg
05.09.11 - Munich, Germany - Feierwerk
05.10.11 - Vienna, Austria - Chelsea Club
05.11.11 - Berlin, Germany - Festaal Kreuzberg
05.12.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark -Vega
05.13.11 - Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhaul
05.14.11 - Minehead, UK - ATP Nightmare Before Xmas
05.15.11 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli
05.16.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Bitterzoet
05.17.11 - Brussels, Belgium -Les Nuits de Botanique
05.18.11 - Gent, Belgium - Charlatan
05.19.11 - London, UK - Corsica Studios
05.20.11 - Liverpool, UK - Sound City (Kazimier)
05.21.11 - Glasgow, UK - Stagg & Dagger Festival
05.22.11 - Brighton, UK - The Hope
05.23.11 - Paris, France- La Maroquinerie
05.24.11 - Evreux, France - L’Abordage
05.25.11 - Bordeaux, France - Place Saint Michel
05.26.11 - Rennes, France - Top of the Folk (L’antipode)
05.28.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
05.29.11 - Istanbul, Turkey - Ghetto
06.11.11 - New York City, NY - Bowery Ballroom
06.12.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
06.29.11 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
06.30.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Ubel & Gefahrlich
07.01.11 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.03.11 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Metropolis Festival
07.11.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
07.12.11 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rosa
07.13.11 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
07.14.11 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
07.15.11 - Bloomington, IN - Russian Recording
07.17.11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival

• Kurt Vile: http://kurtvile.com
• Thurston Moore: http://www.myspace.com/treesoutside
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

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