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Vampire Weekend played Chicago with Chicano Batman (pics, video, setlist)

About a third of the night’s tracks were derived from Bride, including set-opener “Bambina,” “2021,” “Big Blue” and the sweet, stripped down “Hold You Now,” which saw the aforementioned Morgan trading verses with Koenig in the part originally recorded by Danielle Haim on the album. The irresistible “Harmony Hall” and trippy “Sunflower” were both brought to new heights in the live setting, particularly the latter, which saw Jones toying with feedback and distortion amidst a blistering rock jam that certainly pushed the boundaries of the band’s live sound.

Bride single “This Life” was also given the jam treatment, with a keyboard-centric, dance-inducing extended close, accented by ultra-bright white light. Improvisation wasn’t only reserved for the band’s new material, though, as “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa,” from Vampire Weekend’s critically-acclaimed self-titled debut, prompted a fast-fingered group-wide jam leading into Contra oldie but goodie “White Sky.” Toots and the Maytals’ “Pressure Drop” also found its way into the setlist in the form of a reggae-infused interlude during “Diplomat’s Son,” giving bassist Chris Baio some funky time to shine, while a cover of Paul Simon’s “Late in the Evening” helped spotlight the new dual drummer setup shared by Chris Tomson and the above-mentioned Ray. [Eponymous Review]

Vampire Weekend‘s great new album Father of the Bride is out now, and they’ve been celebrating it on a massive tour that hit Chicago’s Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on Sunday (6/16). As the review quoted above points out, the band’s newfound jam-band tendencies were on display, and their 31-song set included things like the extended jam version of “Sunflower,” teases of Toots and the Maytals’ “Pressure Drop” and Santana’s “Smooth,” a cover of “Late in the Evening” by Paul Simon (who VW have long been compared to), a version of SBTRKT’s “New Dorp. New York” (which Ezra Koenig sings on), two fan requests, and much more. Chicano Batman opened and they sounded super tight too, and Jake Longstreth’s Grateful Dead cover band Richard Pictures also opened but we missed them. Pictures of VW and Chicano Batman are in the gallery above. VW’s setlist and video of the Paul Simon cover below.

As mentioned, the band’s tour includes a big NYC show at Madison Square Garden on September 6 with Angelique Kidjo. Get tickets for the remaining tour dates here.

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Vampire Weekend at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island – 6/16/19 Setlist (via)
Bambina
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
White Sky
Sunflower (“Stoneflower” extended jam version)
Unbelievers
How Long?
This Life
Late in the Evening (Paul Simon cover)
Step
Unbearably White
Diplomat’s Son (with “Pressure Drop”, originally by Toots and the Maytals)
Horchata
New Dorp. New York (SBTRKT cover) (with snippet of “Smooth” by Santana)
Sympathy
Hannah Hunt
Hold You Now
Harmony Hall
Diane Young
Cousins
A-Punk
A-Punk
Oxford Comma
Giving Up the Gun
2021
Jerusalem, New York, Berlin

Encore:
Big Blue
Boston (Ladies of Cambridge) (fan request)
One (Blake’s Got a New Face) (fan request)
Worship You
Ya Hey
Walcott

photos by James Richards IV

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