Kurt Vile and the Violators (music group)

Philly's Kurt Vile on writing about his life, making a living, and keeping up with Guided by Voices

Kurt Vile's music has that rare ability to sound simultaneously familiar and unique to its own time and place. The spacey guitars and conversational lyrics give off the air of a psychedelic singer-songwriter, but they are uniquely Vile. Before Vile and his band, the Violators, launched a tour that will bring them to the Ottobar on Oct. 27, we talked to the Philadelphia native about the humor in his music, being a family man, and the day he was honored by his hometown.

City Paper: One of the things a lot of people note with your music is the unhurried and easygoing qualities. Does songwriting come to you as naturally as those qualifiers would have us...