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Hear Ezra Koenig Interview Florence Welch, Rashida Jones Talk About Rejecting Robin Thicke In High School On Beats 1

One of the many new shows on Apple Music’s Beats Radio 1 is Time Crisis With Ezra Koenig (of Vampire Weekend). The first installment aired two weeks ago, and for the second episode Koenig’s got Despot, Rashida Jones, his cousin Asher (second cousin to be exact), Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton of Buzzfeed’s Another RoundMore »

By: Caitlin White / July 27, 2015 - 1:09 pm

Diplo Teases Collabs With Ezra Koenig, The Band Perry

Diplo is a big enough name at this point that he can pretty much work with whoever he wants, and he’s currently on a high after his successful Jack Ü collaboration with Skrillex, so Rolling Stone caught up with the producer to talk his recent Justin Bieber track, his shitty social media presence, and what… More »

By: James Rettig / July 14, 2015 - 5:41 pm

Stream The First Episode Of Time Crisis With Ezra Koenig, Featuring Mark Ronson And Rashida Jones

Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig hosted his first Beats 1 radio show last night in a timeslot that he’ll alternate every other week with Pharrell’s show. It’s called Time Crisis and, for the debut episode, he brought along Mark Ronson, Rashida Jones, Despot, Desus, and Mero to help him through his two-hour slot. Jones recounted a… More »

By: James Rettig / July 13, 2015 - 11:04 am

Ezra Koenig Also Hosting Beats 1 Radio Show

All of the artist-hosted Beats 1 radio shows are probably the coolest part of Apple Music, and they already have Drake, Pharrell, Run The Jewels, St. Vincent, and a whole bunch of other people hosting shows. Now, as Pitchfork reports, they’ve just added another heavy hitter in the form of Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, who’… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 6, 2015 - 8:32 pm

The Week In Pop: Nate Ruess Went Solo, Made A Fun. Album Anyway

Andrew Dost got screwed. Last year, when Fun. frontman Nate Ruess unilaterally decided to transform the next Fun. album into his solo debut, he essentially cut his bandmates out of one of music’s most bankable franchises. Fun.’s excellent-if-sometimes-grating 2012 LP Some Nights rocketed the trio from a respectable cult following to multiplatinum Grammy-winning pop superstardom. More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 11, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Watch Ezra Koenig Join Chromeo At Governors Ball

During Chromeo’s set at Governors Ball yesterday, Dave 1 announced “There’s this guitar riff I like to play sometimes, it’s like…” and played the unmistakable opening of Vampire Weekend’s “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa.” After Dave played the riff once more, Ezra Koenig walked onto the stage, jokingly teasing, “Dave, I showed you the riff, man. More »

By: Peter Helman / June 6, 2015 - 8:50 pm

Listen To Ezra Koenig On The No Effects Podcast From Tanlines’ Jesse Cohen

Jesse Cohen of Tanlines has a podcast called No Effects, and for his latest episode, Cohen talked to indie rock demigod Ezra Koenig. As statesmen of the NYC indie music community, the two have a lot in common, and can therefore discuss things like fanbase names that the rest of us wouldn’t really understand. Also,… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 15, 2015 - 10:58 am

The 8 Best Moments Of Coachella 2015 Saturday

If this year’s Coachella had an off day, it was Saturday. Of the festival’s three headliners, Saturday night top draw Jack White is probably the least exciting, though he’s still an electric presence with a deep catalog. The festival’s organizers seemed to sense this, booking White to play second-to-last on the big stage and throwing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 12, 2015 - 1:27 pm

Preview Major Lazer’s TV Series Which Will Feature Charli XCX, Ezra Koenig, & RiFF RAFF

Coinciding with the release of their third album Peace Is The Mission, EDM-dancehall purveyors Major Lazer are getting their own TV show through FXX’s new Animation Domination. The show has been public knowledge for a while, but Billboard has some big details. The animated show will be called Major Lazer, centers on a superhero named… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 1, 2015 - 10:02 am

Watch Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig Get Burned By Triumph The Insult Comic Dog

Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend has become one of those cultural fixtures that’s bigger than just the indie rock community. His Twitter feed is funnier than most professional comics, he’ll randomly show up on a song with Makonnen and Despot, and now Koenig is letting a cigar-smoking puppet dog insult him on TV. More »

By: Caitlin White / February 27, 2015 - 12:41 pm

A$AP Ferg – “Doe-Active” Video

When A$AP Ferg dropped his Ferg Forever mixtape back in December, Tom named it Mixtape Of The Week and expounded upon the many ways that the rapper is “kind of a dork.” Ferg’s video for the track “Doe-Active” is the crowning jewel of that sentiment. It finds Ferg indulging in babes, beaches, and booze all… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 18, 2015 - 10:16 am

Ezra Koenig Interviews Karen O About Selfies And D’Angelo

Ezra Koenig and Karen O are both the leaders of iconic and important New York rock bands, and the two of them sang Karen O’s “The Moon Song” together at last year’s Oscars. They seem to be real-life friends. And in a new piece for GQ, Koenig interviews Karen about nothing in particular. The winding… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 21, 2015 - 9:04 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

We skipped 5 Best Songs last week because of Christmas; we probably could’ve skipped it this week because of New Year’s, but man, the songs were stacking up. Anyway, if we were going for accuracy rather than consistency, this list would be titled The 5 Best Songs Of This Week And Last Week, as a… More »

By: Stereogum / January 2, 2015 - 5:46 pm

iLoveMakonnen × Ezra Koenig × Despot – “Down 4 So Long (Remix)”

iLoveMakonnen has teamed up with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig and Despot for a remix of his track “Down 4 So Long,” which was released as a one-off earlier this year. Both Koenig and Despot contribute verses surrounded by Makonnen’s hook — Koenig shouts out the “Shmoney Dance” and Monaco on his. The track was released… More »

By: James Rettig / December 20, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Azealia Banks Still Hates The “Ugly One” From Disclosure, Loves Ariel Pink Despite His Questionable Hygiene

Azealia Banks may have finally gotten her debut album out into the world, but that doesn’t mean she’s given up her infamous beefing ways. A new profile for The Guardian reads like a laundry list of the spats that Banks has gotten herself into over the past few years, and she tries to offer u… More »

By: James Rettig / November 13, 2014 - 6:15 pm

Major Lazer – “Vegan Vampire” (Feat. Ezra Koenig)

“I would never bite you. I would never bite anybody. I may be a vampire, but I’m also a vegan. Pshh, you wouldn’t understand.” That’s some dialogue from Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig, in character as vegan vampire Rylan, on a weird, wild, collage-like Major Lazer song tentatively titled “Vegan Vampire.” It sounds very much… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 5, 2014 - 5:47 pm

SBTRKT – “New Dorp. New York” (Feat. Ezra Koenig) Video

New Dorp. New York” is the first single from Wonder Where We Land, the new album from the masked British producer SBTRKT, and it’s one of the strangest first singles from an anticipated album in recent memory. It’s a shuffly, skittering thumper that has Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig half-scatting nonsense about New York, and there’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 22, 2014 - 11:53 am

Hear SBTRKT Perform New Songs With Ezra Koenig, Sampha, & Warpaint On BBC Radio 1

SBTRKT visited Zane Lowe’s show on BBC Radio 1 this afternoon to perform some new songs with the help of a few artists he’s collaborated with on the upcoming album Wonder When We Land. In addition to opening with “Temporary View” aided by Sampha, he also gets help from Ezra Koenig for “NEW DORP NEWMore »

By: Miles Bowe / August 20, 2014 - 6:03 pm

HAIM – “My Song 5″ (Feat. A$AP Ferg) Video (Feat. Vanessa Bayer, Ezra Koenig, Kesha, Grimes, Big Sean)

We warned you that it was coming, and now it’s here: HAIM’s ridiculous and cameo-packed video for the Days Are Gone highlight “My Song 5.” The video turns out to be for the remixed A$AP Ferg version of the song, and it takes place on the set of The Dallas Murphy Show a fictional and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 19, 2014 - 9:32 am

HAIM’s Funny “My Song 5″ Video Is Gonna Have Kesha, Ezra Koenig, A$AP Ferg

“My Song 5″ is an anomaly on HAIM’s great debut album Days Are Gone: A seesawing, fearsome almost-dubstep digital-bass attack. Honestly, I’m surprised it hasn’t become a single yet; it does, after all, have its own A$AP Ferg remix already. Well, the song is about to get a video, and it looks like it’ll be… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 18, 2014 - 3:49 pm
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