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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Earlier today, I posted a bigass list of my favorite music videos of the year. That should honestly be enough to keep your optic nerves crammed full for the day. But if you’re done with it, or you’re somehow low on viewing options this weekend, please note that plenty of other good music videos came… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 7, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Vampire Weekend – “Diane Young” Video

Vampire Weekend already got plenty of attention for “Diane Young,” the frantic first single from their truly great new album Modern Vampires Of The City, when they burned a couple of Saabs in the lyric video. And now they’ve made a proper video for the song, setting it at an anarchic dinner party and filling… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 3, 2013 - 9:59 am

Boston Calling Announces Fall Festival Headlined By Vampire Weekend & Passion Pit

When the weather is right, there are few places in this country that cultivate a vibe of outdoor-festival revelry quite like Boston. And given the terrible turn taken at the city’s signature gathering earlier this year, it brings us a lot of joy to report that Boston Calling, the music festival that debuted in May… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 28, 2013 - 8:54 am

Photos: Vampire Weekend @ Keller Auditorium, Portland 5/23/13

Last night, Portland’s Keller Auditorium played host to Vampire Weekend. The band ran through hits from their first two albums and played a significant chunk of their excellent new record Modern Vampires Of The City. We sent Colin McLaughlin to check it out. More »

By: Stereogum / May 24, 2013 - 10:53 am

Watch Vampire Weekend Play Fallon

A couple of nights ago, Vampire Weekend played a couple of the songs from their great new album Modern Vampires Of The City on SNL. And last night, they stuck around NBC’s New York headquarters long enough to visit Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, using the opportunity to play a couple more album tracks. O… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 14, 2013 - 8:58 am

Watch Vampire Weekend Return To SNL

Modern Vampires Of The City is out 5/14 on XL. Last night in advance of its release, the band returned to Saturday Night Live to perform “Diane Young” and “Unbelievers.” Watch it below. And in case you missed it, check out this week’s Premature Evaluation of the album. More »

By: Liz Pelly / May 12, 2013 - 10:39 am

Premature Evaluation: Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires Of The City

The title of Modern Vampires Of The City, the third album from Vampire Weekend, seems like it riffs on the band’s name and on its members’ status as sharp and witty New York men-about-town, guys who play punny word-games on their Twitter accounts and make cameo appearances on Girls and maintain none-too-serious Soundcloud side projects. More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 8, 2013 - 3:03 pm

Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires Of The City Comment Party

Between Roseland, Steve Buscemi, two char-burned Saabs, and some excellent singles, Vampire Weekend have laid their promotional campaign groundwork memorably. The only thing left is for you to hear the Ariel Rechtshaid & Rostam Batmanglij-produced, third Vampire Weekend LP Modern Vampires Of The City in its entirety — and for us to have a party… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 7, 2013 - 8:40 am

Watch Vampire Weekend Play “Step” On Jools Holland

Earlier this week, we saw video footage of Vampire Weekend performing “Diane Young” and “Unbelievers” on Jools Holland. Now, check out an extended version of the performance that also includes “Step.” (Skip to 2:56 to see it.) All three songs come from their forthcoming album Modern Vampires of the City, out via XL on May… More »

By: Liz Pelly / May 4, 2013 - 2:45 pm

Watch Vampire Weekend Play Jools Holland

At 6AM the morning after their triumphant Steve Buscemi-directed Roseland Ballroom concert, VMPRWKND were on board a flight to London to do Jools, a BBC appearance, and a show at the Troxy, with a return booked to NYC in time for their SNL appearance on 5/11. That’s basically afterparty-to-airport type stuff, and all things considered,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 1, 2013 - 9:01 am

Watch Vampire Weekend Debut “Obvious Bicycle” & “Everlasting Arms” In NYC

Vampire Weekend’s entire Steve Buscemi-directed Roseland show is still streaming, but here’s the straight dope: Two previously unperformed Modern Vampires Of The City songs, culled from Buscemi’s larger work. First there’s “Obvious Bicycle,” pretty, plaintive, and piano-based (operative word: “Listeeeen”). This is where you go to get Ezra in earnest mode while singing to a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 29, 2013 - 11:13 am

Vampire Weekend, Steve Buscemi & Fred Armisen @ Roseland Ballroom, NYC 4/28/13

Roseland Ballroom is up on 52nd St. in Manhattan, about 40 blocks higher than most indie rock bands ever venture. But in an amusing case of geographic razzmatazz, last night it hosted uptown’s most resplendent indie rock band, for whom 52nd St. was once a way-downtown destination. After Fred Armisen’s quick opening set as Thatcher-loving… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 29, 2013 - 10:12 am

Watch Grimes In Steve Buscemi’s Latest Vampire Weekend Webcast Promo

The narrative behind Steve Buscemi and Vampire Weeknd’s partnership for their upcoming American Express UNSTAGED webcast (4/28) becomes more robust with today’s promo videos. Before the collaboration was officially announced, we all had a bit of a “huh?” moment when they all appeared together in NYC’s Easter Day Parade. Connections start to be made i… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 26, 2013 - 2:06 pm

Kanye West, Vampire Weekend Booked For SNL Next Month

Steve Buscemi besties Vampire Weekend and daddy-to-be Kanye West have been announced as the last two musical guests for this season of Saturday Night Live. The Vamps will appear on the show on 5/11 with host Kristin Wiig, who only left her post as cast member last season. West will perform on the following week’… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 26, 2013 - 1:50 pm

Watch Steve Buscemi And Vampire Weekend Go Bowling

Steve Buscemi’s promotional tour for Vampire Weekend’s American Express UNSTAGED concert and webcast this Sunday (4/28) continues with a trip to Melody Lanes in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park. There is a legion of people who became initiated into Buscemi’s oeuvre via The Big Lebowski, so to see him return to the lanes with the same kind… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 24, 2013 - 11:07 am

Coachella 2013 Weekend 2: Sunday’s 5 Best Things

The common refrain about Coachella dictates: “It’s not about the music, man, it’s about the festival experience.” With the dance/sex tents in full swing, dozens of corporate-sponsored hideaways at every corner offering shade and mild distraction in exchange for a few minutes of direct advertising access to your brain, and the untamed wilderness of the… More »

By: Aaron Lariviere / April 22, 2013 - 2:45 pm

Watch Another Funny Vampire Weekend Unstaged Promo

Last we saw Steve Buscemi and Vampire Weekend, they were meeting for the first time and Buscemi was offering the band tips on self-promotion. With less than a week left before the Vamps’ American Express UNSTAGED performance, Buscemi takes them to the streets to strike a promo deal with NYC mayoral hopeful Bill De Blasio. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 22, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Watch Steve Buscemi Meet Vampire Weekend

Here’s the first making-of video leading up to Vampire Weekend’s Steve Buscemi-directed UNSTAGED performance at NYC’s Roseland Ballroom on 4/28. We saw a quick teaser of what’s to come yesterday, but here you can see the band meet Buscemi for the first time in what is one of the most awkward yet adorable behind-the-scenes snapshots. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 16, 2013 - 3:39 pm

Watch Steve Buscemi & Vampire Weekend’s Comedic Unstaged Promo

The great American character actor Steve Buscemi is directing Vampire Weekend’s forthcoming Unstaged webcast, which will broadcast live from the band’s 4/28 show at Roseland. They’ve already teased the improbable partnership by marching together at New York’s Easter Parade, and now they’ve dropped an extremely brief teaser video that further underlines how little sense thi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 15, 2013 - 12:15 pm

Vampire Weekend Move Beyond Sweaters, Model For GQ

By way of promoting their new album Modern Vampires Of The City, Vampire Weekend have now gone a place that not too many indie bands have gone before: The style section of GQ. The magazine has just posted photos of the band rocking expensively faded pastel spring fashion, along with a quick interview about their… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 11, 2013 - 8:34 am
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