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The news that Rostam Batmanglij is leaving Vampire Weekend could be construed as the band’s death knell — if not literally, at least creatively. The group’s best-known factor has always been Ezra Koenig, a gifted singer-songwriter with a knack for masking his melancholy with cosmopolitan wit and whimsy. There is no Vampire Weekend without Ezra… More »

Earlier this week, I published a list of the 50 best music videos of 2015. I watched so many videos to make that list! It took a really long time! So naturally, the week after that, the universe rewards me with a week in which there are basically no good music videos. The obvious best… More »

Following up a juggernaut like “Call Me Maybe” has got to be intimidating. There hasn’t been a song like that since, one that was so immediately pervasive and so utterly inescapable. The second that track hit, through a series of almost chance circumstances, it was swept up into the zeitgeist and spit out into ubiquity. More »

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Rostam Quits Vampire Weekend

Rostam Batmanglij has been a member of Vampire Weekend since 2006. He's essentially worked as the band's co-leader alongside Ezra Koenig, and his production has…
Tom Breihan | January 26, 2016 - 12:38 pm
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Santigold – “Chasing Shadows” Video

Just yesterday, Santigold debuted her new single "Chasing Shadows" on BBC Radio 1, and today she's followed that up with a video for the track,…
James Rettig | January 15, 2016 - 10:52 am
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Rostam – “EOS” Video

Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij has released a new solo track called "EOS." It's his first solo material released since 2011's pair of songs "Wood" and "Don't
James Rettig | January 14, 2016 - 11:11 am

Ra Ra Riot – “Water” Video

Ra Ra Riot have shared a video for their new Rostam Batmanglij-featuring single "Water," off their upcoming new album Need Your Light. Frontman Wes Miles…
James Rettig | December 11, 2015 - 11:38 am
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Ra Ra Riot – “Water” (Feat. Rostam Batmanglij)

Ra Ra Riot will release their fourth album, Need Your Light, early next year, the followup to 2013's Beta Love. They're kicking things off with…
James Rettig | November 16, 2015 - 1:13 pm
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HAIM Are “Well Underway” On LP2, Working With Rostam Batmanglij

HAIM's Beats 1 radio show Haim Time premieres this coming Thursday 11/5 at 10PM EST. To promote it, they stopped by Beats 1 today for…
Chris DeVille | October 30, 2015 - 5:23 pm
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Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij Reflects On Coming Out

Yesterday was National Coming Out Day and to mark the occasion, Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij reflected on his own story in an Instagram post. Batmanglij…
Caitlin White | October 12, 2015 - 2:16 pm
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Carly Rae Jepsen – “Warm Blood”

Here it is: "Warm Blood." Say what you want about the first four E•MO•TION singles, but Carly Rae Jepsen's latest is indisputable, unfuckwithable pop genius.
James Rettig | July 31, 2015 - 9:53 am
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Watch Charli XCX Perform “Need Ur Love” With Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij On Letterman

Charli XCX continued her Sucker promotional tour with a stop by David Letterman where she played album closer "Need Ur Love." She was joined by…
James Rettig | December 17, 2014 - 8:51 am
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Diplo, Ed Droste, & Rostam – “Long Way Home”

Diplo just tweeted a link to "Long Way Home," a new collaboration with Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste and Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij built around Diplo…
Chris DeVille | December 11, 2014 - 12:18 pm
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Charli XCX – “Kingdom” (Feat. Simon Le Bon)

Charli XCX's contribution to the Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 soundtrack has also surfaced. "Kingdom" is a collaboration with Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon…
James Rettig | November 13, 2014 - 8:29 pm
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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…
Chris DeVille | November 5, 2014 - 5:47 pm
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Rostam Batmanglij – “Upper West Side, 1982″

Vampire Weekend producer and multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij studied classical music, but he hasn't made a whole lot of it, at least not since he became…
Tom Breihan | September 10, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij Discusses His Broadway Scoring Debut

As previously reported, Vampire Weekend producer and multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij has written the score for the new revival of Kenneth Longeran's 1996 play This Is
Tom Breihan | August 21, 2014 - 10:32 am

Charli XCX Shelving Punk Album For Pop Album Feat. Weezer, Rostam, & Stargate

When I spoke with Charli XCX last fall, far before "Fancy" significantly raised her profile, the plucky British pop singer was talking about making an…
Chris DeVille | July 2, 2014 - 11:11 am
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Hamilton Leithauser – “I Retired” (Feat. Rostam Batmanglij) Lyric Video

Hamilton Leithauser, the once and perhaps future Walkmen frontman, is a couple of weeks away from releasing Black Hours, his elegantly beaten-down solo debut. Leithauser…
Tom Breihan | May 20, 2014 - 10:28 am

Rostam From Vampire Weekend Is Scoring Michael Cera’s Broadway Debut

Kenneth Lonergan's 1996 play This Is Our Youth is coming to Broadway, and as The Hollywood Reporter reports, it's bringing some other newcomers with it.
Chris DeVille | April 9, 2014 - 11:03 am
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