Vampire Weekend

9:30 - 10:45pm
Thursday, September 5
Describing their sound as, "Upper West Side Soweto," New York City's Vampire Weekend mix preppy well-read indie rock with joyful, Afro-pop-inspired melodies and rhythms. The four-piece band formed early in 2006, when they were finishing up their studies at Columbia University. They started out by playing gigs at the university's literary societies and at parties. Word spread about Vampire Weekend's unique sound and lyrics ('Oxford Comma' is one of the band's earliest songs), buoyed by the band's self-released EPs.

In 2007, Vampire Weekend embarked on their biggest tour yet, made several appearances at the CMJ Music Marathon, and signed with XL Records. Their 'Mansard Roof' EP was followed by Vampire Weekend's self-titled first album, early in 2008. Debuting in the Top 20 of both the American and U.K. charts, the eponymous record proved to be one of the year's most popular indie releases.

Amidst this flurry of activity, Vampire Weekend found time to return to the studio for the creation of 'Contra', which arrived in early 2010. Late in 2011, the band returned to the studio to work on its third album. Early in 2013, Vampire Weekend played a couple of songs from the upcoming album at the SXSW festival. 'Modern Vampires of the City' was released that May to rave reviews. The album title is inspired by the first line of Junior Reid's song 'One Blood': "Modern vampires of the city hunting blood, blood, bloooooooood."
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