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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 »

We skipped 5 Best Songs last week because of the holiday, so we considered any music that dropped between last week and this one eligible for this week’s installment. And wouldn’t ya know it: Over the course of two truncated weeks we got five new songs from straight A-listers. Stakes is high. But who took… More »

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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

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

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

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 as an electronic producer will yield an LP soon enough. About a month ago Baio announced a record deal with indie titan Glassnote, and today he’s shared that project’s lead… More »

By: 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 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

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 revealing he’s signed to Glassnote and will release his debut full-length this summer. He’s released electronic music sporadically as Baio before, including a pair of EPs. He’s described the album… More »

By: 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 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

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 information to… More »

By: James Rettig / February 2, 2015 - 6:58 pm

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

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

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 Gevinson and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 10, 2014 - 12:09 pm

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 - 3:22 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 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 on the challenge i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 21, 2014 - 10:32 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

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 - 11:32 am

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 - 1:50 pm

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’s Rostam Batmanlij,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 9, 2014 - 11:03 am

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, and check… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 3, 2014 - 4:22 pm

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 night. (“Everlasting Arms,”… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 25, 2014 - 8:52 am
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