Live: Kurt Vile Commands A Sea Of Hair And Plaid At Union Pool


Kurt Vile
Union Pool
Friday, June 18

Union Pool is one of the long-standing hook-up bars in Williamsburg. For as long as we can remember, it’s been a place where people, usually young and fresh-faced college kids new to Brooklyn, go to flirt and maybe get picked up. But on Friday night, things were different: Kurt Vile was playing in the club space, and with him came a menagerie of older, bearded, more experienced gentlemen.

Sure, the crowd outside was still fashionable and hip, but inside were die-hard fans, nerds and cool kids mingling together.

Vile played the sold-out show with his band, the Violators. Since the last time we’ve seen them, a harpist (Mary from Espers) has been added. The band is now enchanting as well as rocking.