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Vampire Weekend @ Bowery Ballroom in January (more by Bao Nguyen)
Vampire Weekend

In the spring of 2006, Columbia University senior Rostam Batmanglij was entertaining literary society parties with his fledgling postmodern Afro-pop band, Vampire Weekend, and wondering if he could pull off life as a professional musician. By the spring of 2008, he was playing the band's runaway hit single, "A-Punk," on Saturday Night Live. Vampire Weekend's self-titled debut had been out only a few months, but fans and critics had been clamoring over it for most of the year. After months of feverish blog hype and the release of an EP that only stoked the fires, the band landed on the March 2008 cover of Spin, which annointed them the year 's Best New Band before their album had even come out -- a first in the magazine's history. Looking back, it still seems insane that a bunch of cerebral schoolboys in pastel cardigans could go from cramming at the library to performing on SNL in the span of a couple of semesters. But according to Batmanglij -- the band's producer, co-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and sole gay member -- Vampire Weekend was meant to be huge. "We all had a strong feeling about the band from the early days," he says. "We had this opportunity to be really out there and avant-garde, but also commercially successful." [Out]
Vampire Weekend will be playing Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, September 15th. Tickets go on AmEx presale February 24th at noon. General sale starts Friday at noon.

The last time they played NYC, in January, the band did three nights at three venues: United Palace, Webster Hall and Bowery Ballroom.

They currently have shows booked around Europe, the United States (most with Abe Vigoda opening) and Australia. All those are below.

They just put out a new tennis-centric video for their song "Giving Up the Gun" with cameos by RZA, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers and Lil' Jon. That's below...

Vampire Weekend - "Giving Up The Gun" (Official Music Video)

Vampire Weekend - 2010 Tour Dates
Feb 22 AB Brussels, Belgium
Feb 24 Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands
Feb 25 Olympia Paris, France
Feb 26 Le Bikini Toulouse, France
Feb 27 Penelope Barcelona, Spain
Feb 28 Teatro Circo Price Madrid, Spain
Mar 14 Edmonton Event Center Edmonton, Alberta
Mar 15 MacEwan Hall Calgary, Alberta
Mar 16 Wilma Theater Missoula, Montana
Mar 18 In The Venue Salt Lake City, Utah
Mar 19 Ogden Theatre Denver, Colorado
Mar 20 Spring Jam Core Party Aspen, Colorado
Mar 22 First Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mar 23 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mar 25 Riviera Theater Chicago, Illinois
Mar 26 Riviera Theater Chicago, Illinois
Mar 27 Big Ears Festival - Tennessee Theatre Knoxville, Tennessee
Mar 29 The LC Pavilion Columbus, Ohio
Mar 30 The Sound Academy Toronto, Ontario
Apr 01 Orpheum Theatre Boston, Massachusetts
Apr 02 Electric Factory Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Apr 03 DAR Constitution Hall WASHINGTON, Washington DC
Apr 05 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, Tennessee
Apr 06 Orange Peel Asheville, North Carolina
Apr 08 The Tabernacle Atlanta, Georgia
Apr 09 House of Blues New Orleans, Louisiana
Apr 10 Stubbs BBQ Austin, Texas
Apr 11 House of Blues Dallas, Texas
Apr 13 Marquee Theater Tempe, Arizona
Apr 14 Fox Theater Pomona, California
Apr 16 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Indio, California
Apr 19 Fox Theater Oakland, California
Apr 20 Fox Theater Oakland, California
Apr 29 Bruce Mason Centre Auckland, NZ
May 01 Groovin The Moo Victoria, Australia
May 02 Groovin The Moo Queensland, Australia
May 04 Palace Theatre Melbourne, Australia
May 06 AEC - Theatre Adelaide, Australia
May 08 Groovin The Moo NSW, Australia
May 09 Groovin The Moo Canberra, Australia
May 11 Tivoli Theatre Brisbane, Australia
May 12 Enmore Theatre Sydney, Australia
May 15 Groovin The Moo Bunbury, Australia
May 16 Metro City Perth, Australia
May 29 Sasquatch Music Festival - The Gorge Amphitheatre George, Washington
Jun 12 Isle Of Wight Festival Isle Of Wight, UK
Sep 15 Radio City Music Hall New York, New York
(w/ Abe Vigoda Mar 22nd - Apr 20th)

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Comments (74)

enough already---just go away

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 9:24 PM

exactly the words i came here to type, 9:24!

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 9:26 PM

Does anyone really think Vampire Weekend is avant-garde? I like them and all, but really... c'mon Rostam...

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 9:28 PM

fucking expensive

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 9:33 PM

Uh, no.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 9:38 PM

If Vampire Weekend is Avant-Garde, what would that make Ornette Coleman, The Residents, or John Zorn?

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 9:39 PM

9:24 YES. Yes, my friend.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 9:40 PM

HA! $39.50 + ticketmaster fees

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 9:44 PM

this video really blows

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 9:56 PM

nice video ...

Posted by Lowongan | February 22, 2010 10:02 PM

all the hipsters used to drool over Vampire Weekend back in 2007/2008 but as soon as the outside world heard of them, they were horrible. please go back listening to dan deacon or whatever you consider to be decent music.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 10:10 PM

Short Wave Warfare is better... If you like Vampire Weekend, check out Repulsion. You will shit your Dockers

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 10:12 PM

These guys were NEVER cool or even listenable. Radio City? Ha ha ha! It better be 18 and under.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 10:13 PM

if vampire weekend didn't come out with a new album, i'd wanna hit this up. contra ruins everything for me.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 10:17 PM

whose the cute red head broad? I'd like to add her on fb

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 10:41 PM

go away douchebags!

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 10:45 PM

bitter, pimplefaced all-day BV comment section dwellers... you go away!

Posted by vampiro fin de semana | February 22, 2010 10:59 PM

they r pulling out every stop each video for attention. super lame guys. just play music and leave it at that. stop selling your selves to different market groups, sellouts.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 11:12 PM

what self respecting (music first!) musician actually comes out and states that they or their band is avant garde?! I guess this guys heart is in the right place but give me a break.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 11:17 PM

i like the video and the new record, and don't give a fuck what anyone thinks.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 11:38 PM

hahaha, i didnt know vampire weekend were literally gay

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 11:58 PM

Anyone who is actually hip (whatever that means) or has any taste in music would not listen to this crap. Thier 1st cd was lame, the new one is downright awful. Their manager said "Vampire Weekend was meant to be huge" So was Milli Vanilli!

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 12:15 AM

Haircut 100 are still around?

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 12:22 AM

horrific music that gnaws at the vomiting center of the human's central nervous system.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 12:25 AM

If you want to see pathetic losers much much worse than Vampire Weekend, just use a mirror.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 1:13 AM

ratio of negative BV comments to actual popularity of band(n)= inverse.

carry on, losers.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 1:42 AM

Why is Vampire Weekend not a band of goths wearing beach shorts?

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 1:53 AM

this band sucks cuz there popular

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 1:56 AM

Pretty average for over hyped, college rock aterna, mediocre music meant for college radio pop designed for the real "literary" set.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 5:20 AM

Pretty cool post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really liked reading your blog posts.Thanks a lot for sharing.

Posted by hvac control-49 | February 23, 2010 6:44 AM

cool band, cool video!

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 7:35 AM

You elitist fucks should listen to commercial radio for one full day. Then you'd be thankful for Vampire Weekend and their success.

"Anyone who is actually hip (whatever that means) or has any taste in music would not listen to this crap."
That must be the dumbest, most condescending thing I've ever read here, and that's saying a lot.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 7:38 AM

Derivative is fine, which Vampire Weekend is. There's not much new under the sun, rock-wise. The problem is if you're going to be derivative, be GOOD. Paul Simon (yes I know he's older than 35) wipes his ass with these guys. At least try to offer up something new.

MEMpire Weekend indeed.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 7:55 AM

Good video but not their best song. P.s stop slating a band just because they got big! It's pathetic.

Posted by Living Life On A Shoestring | February 23, 2010 8:01 AM

I didn't know that dude was gay...

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 9:00 AM

popular or underground, commercial or indie, I personally, as well as others, think their music sucks. on the other hand, many other people love their music. we're all just offering our opinions of music here, which is the main purpose of this blog.

why do the offended fans of VW feel the need to lash out at those who think VW's music sucks?

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 9:18 AM

^^^^ the purpose of a blog isn't to go into posts about bands you don't like and trash them. what does that accomplish? you must be a mean spirited person to do that.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 9:21 AM

contra is great. duh.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 9:57 AM

this band was never good. when i first heard them signing to xl...i figured itd be quality. but it was white, soul-less shit made for kids who grew up listening to crap paul simon records in the 80s.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 10:07 AM

Is Lil' Jon supposed to be the devil?

Posted by Liz | February 23, 2010 10:27 AM

When's the next Cavalier Rose show?

Posted by Who Dat? | February 23, 2010 10:44 AM

my douchebag alarm went off at 10:07.
paul simon is crap? really? is your favorite band Wavves?

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 10:44 AM

went to schoolw w. these guys and even went to couple of their shows at columbia - thought they were decent for a college band. still can't believe they're this big but still think haters need to relax. let them do their thing and if they're proved to be good then they will last. if not, fizzle dizzle.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 10:52 AM

10:44, no, my favorite artist is townes van zandt. i also love neil young, the misfits, lee hazlewood, big star, husker du, and the kinks...

you are too new and too ill informed to have an opinion.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 10:53 AM

What time does Daft Punk go on?

Posted by Venkman | February 23, 2010 11:05 AM

the fact that they got 45 comments on here shows their relevancy in the hipster landscape

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 11:18 AM

"Haircut 100 are still around?"


funniest comment of the day

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 11:31 AM

Holy shit is this godawful.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 11:40 AM

In any way, not to missing on any outstanding payments though it may happen credit cards for bad credit.

Posted by credit cards for bad credit | February 23, 2010 11:51 AM

contra is good, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 1:18 PM

The songs are not as good on Contra.

Too long and a bit bloated.

White sky is hands down the best track -- it rips and it's punk.

I think it's a good album, not great. Solid follow-up. Good experimentation.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 1:44 PM

10:52 just came here to brag that he went to Columbia. Cram it you rich entitled wanker.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 1:58 PM

Horchata 100

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 2:12 PM

where is the vid for diplomat's son....best mia sample evah!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 2:16 PM

"^^^^ the purpose of a blog isn't to go into posts about bands you don't like and trash them. what does that accomplish? you must be a mean spirited person to do that."

you're right. and i didn't mean that we should be trashing bands on this site. we probably should be more respectful. i'm sure they're nice guys. and i think they're talented and are able to carry a tune and play instruments, but i and others think their music is diarrhea.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 2:25 PM

i want to bang the ginger.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 2:32 PM

This tour is gonna be full of baseball cap wearing fratboy bros, watch out.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 2:45 PM

as vanilla as the day is long

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 3:23 PM

10:07, what paul simon did on graceland and rhythm of the saints is in another solar system from what vp is doing. I agree with you that vp sucks, but to say paul simon does too makes you sound like a ignorant tool.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 4:07 PM

"This tour is gonna be full of baseball cap wearing fratboy bros, watch out."

will be a polo popped collar bro-fest

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 5:12 PM

Septemeber? Really? Am I the only one that finds it absurd you need to buy a ticket to a show over 6 months in advance to see a band that has about 90-120 minutes of material they can play (if they play every single song).

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 5:54 PM

Dudes!!!!!! Let's go to the vampweek show duuudes. I think I can get some weed too! Brah, it's gonna be epic. Then let's daterape some chicks. Duuude! Columbia! Dooode. Brah!

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 9:14 PM

anyone who hates vampire weekend is simply homophobic.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 9:44 PM

anyone who loves vampire weekend is simply deaf.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2010 11:07 PM

I had a teach who used to say De-riv-rah-tive!

Fucking highlarious

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2010 12:01 AM

anyone who hates vampire weekend is simply deaf.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2010 12:28 PM

it's sold out already? i can't even get presale ticktes?

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2010 4:47 PM

Seems like it, I was there @ 12, I really hope they add another NYC show to their tour

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2010 5:25 PM

Been on the ticketing site since 11:50. I can't get two tickets together, just singles. It deserves to be repeated: Ticketmaster blows

Posted by amanda g | February 26, 2010 12:16 PM

so sold out that not even the american expressers got tickets on the presale. Me and my average joe visa card sob at the tragedy.

People think that making pretentious comments makes them "cool", that trashing something makes them "cool", they feel like anarchists for bad mouthing good things... well guess what, YOU are the LOSERS.

Listen to whatever the fuck you want to bloody listen to without having a blog like BV whispering "cool" band names in your ear.
Wake up and smell the coffee, Listening to particular bands does NOT make you cool! You listen to music that makes you feel good, that akes you want to take a break from work and get your mind off of annoying shit... so far vampire weekend does the trick for me.

Anyone who uses the word cool (or uncool in its defect) to describe something should not even have a voice. Their constitutional rights to the first amendment should be voided!
The internet is full of angry ittle bitter cunts with hateful little fingers who opt to type out crap out in blogs with their spare time. BV is not for you to vent out your hatred towards a band, go out and grow a dick already.
You cant never please them all, but amazingly enough Vampire weekend has pleased a vast majority... SO suck on that all of you "Anonymous" twats.
Sorry but if you live on planet earth you will be hearing about (and listening) to vampire weekend at least for a longer while with nothing else to say, no way/cause to/for rebuttal.

If you dont like them, dont even read the gosh darn article, instead go have tea with the queen of england whilst you have a black dildo up your ass. Your hateful opinions are diregarded! In the future, hipsters will one day change their clothing styles to bussiness suits, you will be listening to some extraterrestrial music thinking its the best, and good music we will be listening to will be "shit and uncool" to you.

If beauty lies on the eyes of the beholder, the comment also applies to usic and the beholder's ears.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND IS GOOD
MGMT IS GOOD
PASSION PIT IS GOOD
PHOENIX IS GOOD...
HIPSTER IS GOOD.

there, a list of "hister" (hipster syle included) indie bands for you to hate on. go on, make day now that youre snowed in.
Good day pussy boys!

Posted by mike unt | February 26, 2010 12:48 PM

how is the name mike unt different from anonymous. that's obviously not ur real name.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2010 3:25 PM

tickets might be exp. but worth it

Posted by how to get rid of a yeast infection | March 9, 2010 6:59 PM

all the hipsters used to drool over Vampire Weekend back in 2007/2008 but as soon as the outside world heard of them, they were horrible. please go back listening to dan deacon or whatever you consider to be decent music.

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