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Live @ SXSW: Vampire Weekend March 16, 2008

Posted by rugwu in Concert, Indie Rock, Photo, SXSW, Video.

We had to be in the house for the most buzzed-about band in the blogosphere. Ezra Koenig and the Vampire Weekend guys packed Antone’s Friday night and didn’t disappoint. The guys are Columbia grads and wear perennial frat garb and I would’ve been critical of bassist Chris Baio for wearing a sweater in the Texas heat, but he took it off before they started playing.

“Mansard Roof”

The crowd was more than ready to get their Kwassa Kwassa on and the band seemed comfortable if a little self-conscious. They kicked things off with Mansard Roof and played most of the songs from their eponymous debut along with some covers and possibly unreleased tunes.

“The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance”

The music sounded really great live, especially Chris Tomson’s drums, which are a little impotent on the album. During the show, Rostam Batmanglij said that after SXSW the band is headed out to the West Coast to do some “vibe research” for their next album. I’m not quite sure how to read that, but if Vampire Weekend are looking for more foreign influences to their afro-pop sound, than things in Cape Cod are about to get very interesting.

Vampire Weekend 1

Vampire Weekend 2

Vampire Weekend 3



1. Anon - March 17, 2008

Very unimpressed with this show. For being such a buzzed about band, they seemed quite bland performing. And did Ezra really say SXSW was his favorite corporation???

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