SLOW TRAVEL BERLIN
Kurt Vile, Lido, 9pm
Kurt Vile first began playing music nearly 20 years ago, when his father gifted him with a banjo. But it wasn’t until the mid-2000s when his former band, The War on Drugs, released its first album, that his musical career began to take off. Shortly after 2008′s “Wagonwheel Blues” was released, Vile parted ways with the group in an attempt to focus on his own music, and released his first album, “Constant Hitmaker,” which was a collection of songs from 2003 to 2007.
Earlier this year, Vile came out with studio album number five, “Wakin on a Pretty Daze,” an album that boasts the stoner-esque trajectory of sound that the name suggests. The deluxe version of the album also included seven additional songs, some of which are reworkings of the a-side tracks. These were repackaged and released in November as “It’s a Big World Out There (And I Am Scared).” And for those who missed Vile and the Violators at Puschenfest 2012 or back in June of this year, now is as good a time as any to get a dose of his laid-back lo-fi sound. Natalye Childress
Lido, Cuvrystraße 7 10997 Berlin; 030 69 56 68 40; U: Schlesisches Tor; admission: €15.