Kurt Vile announces new album, shares “Like Exploding Stones”

(watch my moves) drops April 15 on Verve.

February 15, 2022
Kurt Vile announces new album, shares “Like Exploding Stones” Photo by Adam Wallacavage.  

Kurt Vile is a creature of habit. Since leaving The War On Drugs nearly 15 years ago, he's stuck to his guns, releasing album after album of long, rambling songs that manage — against all logic — to stay interesting throughout. Today, he's dropped another such track, the seven-and-a-half minute "Like Exploding Stones," along with a cinematic video. It's the lead single of his newly announced ninth solo LP, (watch my moves), out April 15 on Verve Records.


The record will be 15 tracks of what Vile has dubbed "fried" pop — combining his rock background with folk-country fundamentals. “It’s about songwriting. It’s about lyrics. It’s about being the master of all domains in the music,” he says. “I’m always thinking about catchy music, even though it’s fried, or sizzled, out. It’s my own version of a classic thing—it’s moving forward and backward at the same time.”

To celebrate the forthcoming album, he'll embark on a massive spring-summer international tour with his band, The Violators. Watch the "Like Exploding Stones" video, and view the upcoming dates, below.

Kurt Vile and the Violators 2022 international tour dates

4/26—Norfolk, VA—The NorVa*
4/27—Saxaphaw, NC—Haw River Ballroom*
4/28—Asheville, NC—The Orange Peel*
4/30—Atlanta, GA—Shaky Knees Music Festival
5/1—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium*
5/3—Oklahoma City, OK—Jones Assembly*
5/4—Houston, TX—White Oak Music Hall*
5/5—Dallas, TX—Granada Theater*
5/6—Austin, TX—ACL Live at the Moody Theater*
5/7—San Antonio, TX—Aztec Theater*
5/9—Phoenix, AZ—Van Buren*
5/10—San Diego, CA—The Observatory North Park*
5/12—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre at The Ace Hotel*
5/13—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore*
5/14—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore*
5/15—Sonoma, CA—Gundlach Bundschu Winery*
5/17—Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom*
5/18—Tacoma, WA—Spanish Ballroom*
5/19—Spokane, WA—Knitting Factory*
5/20—Seattle, WA—The Moore*
5/21—Boise, ID—Knitting Factory
5/23—Denver, CO—Ogden Theater
5/25—Minneapolis, MN—First Avenue+
5/26—Milwaukee, WI—Turner Ballroom+
5/27—Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall+
5/28—Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall+
6/1—New York, NY—Webster Hall+
6/2—New York, NY—Webster Hall~
6/3—Philadelphia, PA—Union Transfer+
6/4—Philadelphia, PA—Union Transfer~


*with Chastity Belt
+with Natural Information Society
~with Sun Ra Arkestra

8/26—London, U.K.—All Points East Festival
8/27—Bath, U.K.—Forum
8/28—Leeds, U.K.—Stylus
8/29—Glasgow, U.K.—QMU
8/30—Belfast, U.K.—Limelight
8/31—Dublin, Ireland—Vicar Street
9/2—Birmingham, U.K.—Moseley Folk & Arts Festival
9/3—Manchester, U.K.—Manchester Psych Fest
9/4—Dorset, U.K.—End of the Road Festival
9/5—Antwerpen, Belgium—OLT
9/12—Köln, Germany—Gloria Theater
9/13—Amsterdam, the Netherlands—Paradiso
9/14—Nijmegen, the Netherlands—Openluchttheater Goffert
9/15—Berlin, Germany—Huxleys
9/16—Copenhagen, DK—The Grey Hall
9/17 — Malmö, Sweden —Plan B
9/19—Kortrijk, Belgium—Depart
9/20—Paris, France—Le Trianon

Kurt Vile announces new album, shares “Like Exploding Stones”