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Stereogum Presents… OKX: A Tribute To OK Computer

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 »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 12, 2015

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

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 they worked on or that they really love. Case in point: Super producer Rick Rubin recently made a profile on the site and set about adding some background informatio… More »

By: James Rettig / February 2, 2015

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 21, 2015

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

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 famous. But Batmanglij did write five new instrumental pieces for the new revival of Kenneth Longeran's 1996 play This Is Our Youth, which stars Michael Cera and Tavi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 10, 2014

Baio – “On&On&On&On”

Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio makes sunkissed electronic music on his own when he isn't at work with his band. His productions have been sounding more and more confident, less like the side project of a guy in a famous indie band and more like the work of a dance guy who's figured out hi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 5, 2014

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 Our Youth, which stars Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, and Tavi Gevinson. Talking to Associated Press, Batmanglij explained his working process and why he decided to take o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 21, 2014

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 18, 2014

Vampire Weekend’s Chris Tomson Praises Phish

One of the consequences of this generation's taboo-free music consumption is the breakdown of the hippie/hipster taste barrier -- that is, a member of a leading indie-rock band feels perfectly comfortable publicly praising Phish. That is something that would not have happened 10 years ago, and certainly not 15 years ago, but it happened today… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 24, 2014

Watch Ezra Koenig, Boy George, David Byrne, Rufus Wainwright, & Josh Groban Sing Grease‘s “Summer Nights”

What do Ezra Koenig, Boy George, David Byrne, Rufus Wainwright, and Josh Groban have in common? They were all part of a massive group rendition of "Summer Nights" from Grease during the finale of If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway at Toronto's Luminato Festival. The event featured co-curator Wainwright duetting with other men o… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 16, 2014

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. For one, the play will mark the Broadway debuts of Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, and Rookie founder Tavi Gevinson. It's also the first Broadway tilt for Vampire Weekend'… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 9, 2014

Watch Vampire Weekend’s Full Lollapalooza Argentina Performance

While the lineup for Lollapalooza 2014 was announced only recently, the inaugural Argentine edition of the fest already happened. Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Arcade Fire (feat. Julian Casablancas) headlined the two-day event in San Isidro, and Vampire Weekend played last night. You can watch the band's entire performance,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 3, 2014

Watch Vampire Weekend Play The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Vampire Weekend already performed "Unbelievers" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! -- twice -- and they gave it a spin on SNL last spring. So it would have been fun to hear them air out a different Modern Vampires Of The City gem upon their visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 25, 2014

Hear Ezra Koenig On The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast

Bret Easton Ellis has used his podcast to reach out to musicians to engage in some pretty compelling discussion. Recently he invited Matt Berninger of the National on the show, and today he's put up his interview with Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend. Koenig speaks very frankly about his family, the shifts in generatio… More »

By: Miles Bowe / March 10, 2014

Karen O & Ezra Koenig – “The Moon Song”

It's a testament to Karen O's incredibly strong songwriting that the delicate "Moon Song" manages to stand out amidst the lush melancholia of Arcade Fire and Owen Pallett's score for Her. The song was originally written as a duet between Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix's characters in the film, but it's been rerecorded with Ezra… More »

By: James Rettig / February 10, 2014

Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life (Baio Remix)”

Keep up, if you can, with all the side-project stuff happening in this post. Broken Bells, if they can still be called a side project, are the side-project duo of Shins frontman James Mercer and producer-to-the-stars Danger Mouse. Meanwhile, for his own side project, Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio DJs and produces lush, tropical dance… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 3, 2014

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 National, Tame Impala, and Nine Inch Nails. So when Trent Reznor tweeted angrily and profanely about being disrespected at the Grammys, at first Vampy Weeks thought Reznor'… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 28, 2014

Grammys 2014: Winners List

UPDATE: Check out GIFs and performance videos from the Grammys here and our wrap-up essay here. Here we go! The festivities are underway and the hardware is being handed out, and in this space we'll keep track of your 2014 Grammy award winners as they are announced. Of course, a crushing-majority percentage… More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 26, 2014

The Week In Pop: Grammys Preview, Starring, Um, Sara Bareilles

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 »

By: Chris DeVille / January 23, 2014
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