Indie rocker Kurt Vile crammed behind NPR’s notorious Tiny Desk to perform a three song, mini concert. The Pennsylvania native played two new songs from his latest record, Bottle It In, before going solo on an older, recently revived tune from his Courtney Barnett collaboration last year.

Vile opened with “Bassackwards,” the fourth track on his recent record, which displays a perfect mix of grassroots twang and modern rock. He followed his roughly nine minute studio ballad with another crowd favorite, “Loading Zone,” before closing with “Peeping Tomboy.”

The vastly creative songwriter rose to mainstream success after years of steadily working on his craft. He co-founded the War on Drugs with friend Adam Granduciel in 2005, but quit shortly after the band started to gain traction to focus more on his own sound. Vile has gone on to release eight studio albums as well as collaborate will fellow creators including Steve Gunn and Courtney Barnett.

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Kurt Vile plays Power Slinky and Regular Slinky electric guitar strings and Earthwood Phosphor Bronze acoustic strings.

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