Tone Deaf

A new song seeking to build support for the Astrodome referendum may do just the opposite.

One of Vile's "right deals" was licensing his song "Baby's Arms" for a Bank of America commercial. He received some heat for it, most publicly from Titus Andronicus's Patrick Stickles via Twitter, but Vile shrugged it off. "I never cared about that sorta thing," he responded to Stickles.

He is wholly invested in his art, but Vile's every move is made with his family in mind.

"It's a struggle," he says, to balance family with rock stardom, which often requires him to tour for months at a time. "But it's so meaningful to figure out. My family gives more meaning to my life."

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For Vile, music is the only path for which he feels fit. So he makes it work.

"I'd be depressed if I ever had to go back to a day job," he admits. "But I'm pretty sure I'll be able to control my music career, so I won't have to do that."

"No," he emphasizes. "I'm not going to have to return to a day job, because music is my...thing."

It's his "thing," indeed. Wakin on a Pretty Daze is a captivating album on which Vile explores universal themes like love and loyalty. "I will promise to do my very best for you," he sings in "Too Hard." "And that won't be too hard."

Vile's lyrics have become more personal over time, which isn't coincidental; his family grreatly inspires his songwriting.

"It's a massive world out there," he says, referring to Wakin's heavy themes. "I mean, it's not, like, total doom, but it goes back and forth...all the time."

Vile is taking a more serious approach with the tour that brings him to Walters on Wednesday, his first time to play Houston. He has been rehearsing with his band beforehand — which, apparently, is a new thing.

"Rehearsals," he says, bemused by his own progress. "We're all professional now...but we'll see the outcome," he laughs. "No guarantees."

Kurt Vile plays Walters, 1120 Naylor, Wednesday, November 6 with VBA, Beach Fossils and Merchandise. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Ask Willie D

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A reader's boyfriend won't leave her alone about a certain erotic accessory.

Dear Willie D:

Please don't think I'm being vulgar. I'm just trying to get honest information from a trusted male's perspective. Sometimes when I'm alone and in the mood, I use a vibrator to satisfy myself. I tried to use it as an additional stimulator once when I was being intimate with my boyfriend and he got offended. His exact words were, "What, I'm not enough for you?" It's not like I was trying to replace him.

I still have my little friend, but now I keep it hidden. Why are guys so intimidated by vibrators?

Good Vibrations:

Your boyfriend is either an idiot, insecure or both. Maybe if you had prepped him before you whipped that thing out, he would have been more accepting of it. A few days prior to being intimate, you could have asked him, "What do you think about women who use vibrators to pleasure themselves?" His reaction would have given you an idea of where he stood on the issue. When communicating your reasoning for using a vibrator, as with a man who watches porn, the operative word is reassurance.

If there's a next time, reassure your guy that he is more than enough man to satisfy you; the toy simply adds to the experience. A man who is confident in his ability to work the middle already knows that.

Ask Willie D appears Thursday mornings on Rocks Off.

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