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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 »

New York just became the 6th largest state to approve same-sex marriage. Yes! The Senate bill passed 33-to-29, Governor Cuomo signed the measure shortly after, and the law goes into effect in 30 days. A historic night to be sure, one probably best not spent in front of a laptop. Too late. But in case… More »

Name: Ra Ra Riot
Progress Report: Mixing their second album, recorded at Black Dog Recording Studio in Stillwater, NY. More »

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cloud Nothings & Wavves (& Rostam?) Collaborative Album Is Almost Done

Dylan Baldi has a new album coming out with Cloud Nothings, but he's also been working on a collaborative project with Nathan Williams of Wavves.
Sam Behrens | March 27, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Charli XCX Working With Rivers Cuomo, Rostam Batmanglij On New Album

When I spoke with Charli XCX in October, she was eyeing a spring release for her follow-up to last year's debut True Romance. Sounds like…
Chris DeVille | March 13, 2014 - 10:55 am

Hamilton Leithauser – “Alexandra” (Feat. Rostam Batmanglij) Video

Just last night, Hamilton Leithauser, the (former?) frontman of the Walkmen and the owner of one of indie rock's greatest voices, announced the impending release…
Tom Breihan | February 25, 2014 - 10:54 am

Vampy Weeks Thought Trent Reznor Was Pissed At Them!!

Vampire Weekend won Best Alternative Music Album for Modern Vampires Of The City at Sunday's Grammys pre-telecast against a field that included Neko Case, the…
Chris DeVille | January 28, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Jenny Lewis – “Completely Not Me”

The third season of Girls premiered last night on HBO, and it featured a bouncy yet melancholic new Jenny Lewis song called "Completely Not Me."…
Chris DeVille | January 13, 2014 - 11:11 am

The Blow – “You’re My Light (Gun Drum Mix)”

The Blow put out a long awaited new album this year and spoke to us about it. This remix of LP closer "You're My Light"…
Miles Bowe | December 16, 2013 - 3:32 pm