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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 »

For this #tbt chapter of Radiohead Week, we’re reissuing (ha) our original track-for-track tribute to OK Computer. Stereogum’s free, downloadable compilation was released in July 2007 on the 10th anniversary of Radiohead’s classic album, and was the first in a series of tribute albums we’ve produced over the years. (You can check out our tribute… More »

Which album are you gunning for at the Grammys? If you’re a regular reader of this site, chances are you’re hoping Daft Punk gets lucky with an Album Of The Year win for Random Access Memories, or perhaps you’d prefer if Kendrick Lamar took home top honors for good kid, m.A.A.d. city. Both acts are… More »

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Baio – “The Names” Video

Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij just announced his departure from the band, and Ezra Koenig and Chris Tomson are off campaigning for Bernie Sanders. Meanwhile, bassist…
Tom Breihan | February 4, 2016 - 9:23 am
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Ezra Koenig On Bernie Sanders: “He Can Win”

Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig performed at a rally for Bernie Sanders in Iowa last weekend and later spoke to CNN on behalf of the candidate.
Chris DeVille | February 2, 2016 - 2:47 pm
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Watch Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig & Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth Play Bernie Sanders Rally In Iowa City

Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig and Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth are performing at a big Bernie Sanders rally in Iowa City, Iowa tonight, backed up by…
Peter Helman | January 30, 2016 - 7:57 pm
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Vampire Weekend Are Playing A Bernie Sanders Rally In Iowa City

Yesterday, Vampire Weekend co-founder Rostam Batmanglij announced that he was leaving the band. And this weekend, some lucky people in Iowa will get the first…
Tom Breihan | January 27, 2016 - 8:54 am
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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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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

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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Hear Chilly Gonzales Make Classical Connections To Pop With Members Of Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, & Alt-J

For the past year or so, musical genius Chilly Gonzales has been hosting a video series called Pop Music Masterclass for German radio station WDR…
James Rettig | August 19, 2015 - 12:02 pm
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Baio – “The Names”

On his own, Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio makes warm, homespun, gently emotive dance-pop. He's been releasing singles and EPs for a few years, and…
Tom Breihan | August 18, 2015 - 9:43 am

Hear Ezra Koenig & Azealia Banks Talk Summer Jams On Beats 1 Radio

Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig's Beats 1 Radio show Time Crisis has been one of the most reliably entertaining things about the station since it…
Tom Breihan | August 10, 2015 - 10:34 am
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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…
Caitlin White | July 27, 2015 - 1:09 pm

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,…
Peter Helman | July 6, 2015 - 8:32 pm
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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…
Peter Helman | June 6, 2015 - 8:50 pm

Baio – “Brainwash yyrr Face”

As revealed on a recent No Effects podcast, Vampire Weekend aren't that close to releasing a new album, but bassist Chris Baio's flourishing side gig…
Chris DeVille | May 26, 2015 - 11:24 am

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…
Caitlin White | May 15, 2015 - 10:58 am

Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio Announces Solo Album

Vampire Weekend's bassist Chris Baio is embarking on a solo album of his own. The musician posted a thrilled message on Twitter and Instagram today…
Caitlin White | April 20, 2015 - 4:29 pm

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…
Caitlin White | February 27, 2015 - 12:41 pm
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Rick Rubin Just Annotated A Ton Of Kanye West, Beastie Boys, & Johnny Cash Songs On Genius

One of the redeeming qualities of community-annotated lyric site Genius is that they sometimes recruit cool artists and behind-the-scenes players to talk about songs that…
James Rettig | February 2, 2015 - 6:58 pm
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