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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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Indie Rockers Before They Were Famous

After watching the recently unearthed footage of Arcade Fire playing a house party in 2002 and a 17-year-old Robin Pecknold covering Radiohead and Simon &…
Scott Lapatine | April 21, 2011 - 4:01 pm

Ezra Koenig Covers Paul Simon

Most of the Ceremony soundtrack is an original score by the Fruit Bats' Eric D. Johnson (with a little help from Van Dyke Parks), but…
jessica | April 7, 2011 - 10:08 am

Watch Ezra Koenig’s Passionate Cover Of Dave Matthews’ “Crash”

Looks like "Crash" is going to be a significant influence on future Vampire Weekend material as soon as Ezra can figure out the chords. He…
Amrit Singh | February 14, 2011 - 12:01 pm

Vampire Weekend & The Black Keys Hit Colbert For A “Sell-Out-Off”

Last night's Report featured Stephen's analysis of the Grammys (he's a voting member of NARAS since he won a gramophone last year). It centered mostly…
Amrit Singh | January 12, 2011 - 10:27 am

While We Were Out

... and then it was 2011. Hopefully your New Year's celebration involved doing something more celebratory than being berated by a solo Ariel Pink from
Amrit Singh | January 3, 2011 - 9:53 am

Vampire Weekend – “Fight For This Love” (Cheryl Cole Cover)

2010's cornerstone artist on Madison Avenue's nondenominational holiday mixtape, Vampire Weekend recently filed a BBC Radio 1 session. They came armed with horns, a maneuver…
Amrit Singh | December 16, 2010 - 9:00 am

Vampire Weekend Contra Photographer Subpoenaed

Over the summer we told you about Ann Kirsten Kennis, the model on the cover of Vampire Weekend's Contra, and her case against the band…
jessica | November 30, 2010 - 3:33 pm

Vampire Weekend Soundtracks Hilfiger, Honda “Holiday” Ads

Vampire Weekend created a commercial-friendly non-denominational holiday song with "Holiday." And now that things need to be bought and sold for Christmas, "Holiday" is showing…
jessica | November 29, 2010 - 9:42 am

Download Rocapella’s “A-Punk” Cover For Free, If You’re Into That Sort Of Thing

Are you? Take a listen before making any commitments. …
brandon | September 29, 2010 - 5:26 pm

Vampire Weekend Play Ellen

Since you watch Ellen every morning you already know that Vampire Weekend visited the show today and played "Holiday," and the did "Cousins" for the…
jessica | September 28, 2010 - 11:55 am

Duck Sauce – “Barbra Streisand” Video

About the only person who doesn't appear in crate-digging duo Duck Sauce's new video is the actual Barbra Streisand. Instead, Armand Van Helden, A-Trak, and…
brandon | September 28, 2010 - 11:33 am

Vampire Weekend, Beach House, The Very Best @ Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood 9/26/10

It was an unseasonably balmy evening in Hollywood as Vampire Weekend made their inaugural Bowl debut. Rounding out the bill was the hypnotic Beach House…
Andrew Youssef | September 27, 2010 - 9:29 am

Chromeo – “I Could Be Wrong” (Feat. Ezra Koenig)

Ezra Koenig surfaces on Chromeo's "I Could Be Wrong," a track that'll appear on the iTunes version of their forthcoming third album Business Casual. Surprised…
brandon | September 15, 2010 - 5:24 pm

B.o.B. & Rivers Cuomo – “Magic” Video

Rivers Cuomo is one of the many guests on B.o.B.'s debut album (Lupe Fiasco, Janelle Monae, Hayley Williams, and Eminem also show up). His appearance…
jessica | September 8, 2010 - 11:37 am

Vampire Weekend’s Springsteen Cover Gets An Official Recording

Earlier this week we posted about Vampire Weekend …
brandon | September 2, 2010 - 4:25 pm

Vampire Weekend – “I’m Goin’ Down” (Bruce Springsteen Cover) Live Video

Vampire Weekend's cover of "I'm Goin' Down" lacks Clarence Clemens and a little E Street oomph. The guys gave the Born In The U.S.A. track…
brandon | August 30, 2010 - 10:20 am

Vampire Weekend – “White Sky (Basement Jaxx Remix)”

BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac kind of says it all at the beginning of this radio rip. "White Sky" is Vampire Weekend's next single,…
jessica | August 5, 2010 - 1:45 pm

Deeper Into Kirstengate

We've heard a lot about the Vampire Weekend cover controversy from the band and photographer's lawyers, as well as the lawyer representing Ann Kirsten Kennis.
jessica | July 30, 2010 - 11:12 am

Rostam, Best Coast, Kid Cudi @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 7/20/10

Converse STEPPED IT UP (punstyles) with this year's installment of their commercial/song experiment, bringing a live show component to the campaign. I'm still not entirely…
Amrit Singh | July 22, 2010 - 11:19 am

Ezra Responds To Kirsten Contra Scandal

Ha, scandal. Sure. I ain't saying Kirsten Kennis is a gold digger, but let's all agree that musicians are not responsible for the authenticity of…
Scott Lapatine | July 19, 2010 - 12:10 pm
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