Kurt Vile at the Cat’s Cradle

Kurt Vile at the Cat’s Cradle

July 16, 2013 

"Think of Neil Young, or Joni Mitchell," Vile told Boston's NPR station lst year. "I feel like they just write their best songs when there's this somber thing going on. For whatever reason, those lyrics hit you in the middle of the night."

Rock music lovers will never have the Nineties back.

Alanis Morissette will never sound as angry. Flea will never seem as bad. The Smashing Pumpkins, despite renewed efforts, will never have what they once had. It was youth.

Say goodbye to Tori Amos, Kim Deal and your crush on Shirley Manson from Garbage.

Kurt Cobain won’t come down from heaven to tell us how boring we are. He died awfully and full of grace, before his first stupid word ever had a chance to leave his mouth.

And now when the radio plays those same old songs, you don’t feel so cool anymore. You’ve known all the words for years.

Kurt Vile, whose music career began in 2005, might be all we have left.

A stripped-down, Pavement-like sound recalls Sub Pop Records. Vile’s droning, synthy guitar recalls the Verve and Jane’s Addiction. Vile looks like all the characters from Sonic Youth put together.

His music video, in which he is carried through the streets on a throne, manages to be silly and unpretentious. Like all the great Nineties rock musicians, he looks bored.

So let’s go to the Kurt Vile concert at the Cat’s Cradle and hear him while he’s young.

When: 9 p.m. Thursday

Where: Cat’s Cradle, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro

Tickets: $15 advance; $17 door

Info: 919-967-9053

Correspondent Tom Hartwell

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