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Vampire Weekend

Posted 14 Jan 2014 @ 3:42pm

A blast of rap heralded the oncoming of Brooklyn’s Vampire Weekend, a reminder that it was only Kanye West’s Yeezus that provided competition for Modern Vampires Of The City as international critic’s Album of the Year for 2013. Ezra Koenig marched onto the Festival Hall stage clad in a boiler suit with both sleeves and trousers rolled up, ready to get down to business. The gloves...

Posted 9 Jan 2014 @ 2:56pm

Romance is in the air for this wintertime remix of Vampy Weekend's already frosty Step, with disparately styled rappers Danny Brown, Heems (formerly of Das Racist) and Despot proving to be a complementary triumvirate. It's not as silly as it sounds on paper, coming together for something undeniably sweet. A posse cut for the Wes Anderson crowd.

Posted 8 Oct 2013 @ 10:13am

New York indie kings Vampire Weekend have announced headline dates in January alongside their Falls Festival performances. 


Following their set at Big Day Out last summer, the four-piece are returning for another run of Australian dates, with headline shows slotted for Sydney and Melbourne in January. Their third album, Modern Vampires Of The City, dropped on XL Recordings/...

Posted 10 Jul 2013 @ 9:13am

“umm the saxophone in the video is clearly being used as a PIPE, not a BONG… get a clue, idoits” – xXXxEzraBroenig420xXXx

Posted 26 Jun 2013 @ 6:35am

The Modern Vampires Of The City cut most reminiscent of their breakthrough pop-punk, Unbelievers is a hearty triumph of Ezra Koenig’s pseudo-biblical lyricisms and confetti-cannon ready chorus action. The clean guitar licks of their debut album are parlayed into a steam train of chugging rock‘n’roll boogie, destined for a joyous staple of the Vampire Weekend live show. 

Posted 4 Jun 2013 @ 1:54pm

The chandelier that filled most of the cover of Vampire Weekend’s debut album looked like it was hovering happily above a happening college party. On the new album’s seventh song, Everlasting Arms, we’re “trapped beneath the chandelier that’s going down.” Modern Vampires Of The City closes a loose trilogy of albums for a band who are clearly relishing exploring the darker ‘...

Posted 15 May 2013 @ 10:14am

I’m speaking with Vampire Weekend multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij as he enjoys a relative respite, relishing a “chill week” in his Brooklyn apartment before the promotional storm that accompanies the ceremony that is an album’s release. That’s not to say the madness hasn’t already begun to transpire. The band purportedly raised the ire of car enthusiasts with a slow motion lyric clip...

Posted 8 May 2013 @ 2:23pm

It’s right there in the title. On the surface, it’s a switch up of one of the best pop tracks of the last decade. But put in the context of the biblical explorations contained within the track, it’s a play on Yahweh, the ancient name of the lord. It’s Ezra Koenig’s greatest showing as a lyricist, achieving an impossible mesh of millennia-old culture and modern pop culture shoutouts to The...

Posted 27 Mar 2013 @ 3:24pm

Diane Young, the first of two singles from Modern Vampires Of The City (out Friday May 3) is pounding, skittish and bursting with fruit flavour. Two amazing things happen at the end – a little skatman vocal break down and a massive explosion of pure anarchic joy. I have never loved Vampire Weekend as much as I do this very second. Gold stars, all around.


Step, the second of two...

Posted 27 Dec 2012 @ 2:10pm

It’s been relatively quiet on the Vampire Weekend front since the 2010 release of Contra – the band’s well-received follow-up to their breakthrough debut. Anticipation has been steadily building for the outfit’s third album, with the first taste coming in the form of Unbelievers, which the band debuted on Jimmy Kimmel Live replete with skeletal Halloween makeup. Chances are Australia will be...


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