Vampire Weekend

  • Voice Choices

    September 17, 2014


    Classic rock isn’t gone, it’s just in commercials

  • Voice Choices

    January 29, 2014
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    January 15, 2014

    The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll: Top 10 Albums By Year, 1971-2013

    Cruise through this index of the Voice's top ten albums from 1971 through 2013, according to its annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, started by Robert Christgau. The poll has run every year since '71, except for a three-year hiatus after that first year. The prominence of legacy artists on the inaugu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Food Music Mixtapes For All Your Summer Rug-Cutting Needs

    As both Jessica Simpson and the Bard can attest, music is indeed the food of love. We, however, would much rather focus on the music of food. There's no lack of songs on the subject, so under two "foodonyms" (DJ Escoffier and DJ Bearded James) we've compiled a duo of mixes intended to get your stoma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    There's a Reason Indie Rock Pinball Machines Don't Exist

    There's a certain level of superstar ubiquity required to earn your own pinball machine. You need to have a long, impressive career, make a couple great albums, have your guitarist recognized on a first-name basis, and generally reach peak popularity in the mid-'80s. At the pinball joint I regular, ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 24, 2013


    Vampire Weekend play more than just the hits

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Nearly All the Big Acts Playing Lollapalooza 2013 Have Played Lollapalooza Before

    Thanks to Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune, Lollapalooza's headliners have been revealed, and it appears that Perry Farrell & Co. are dipping into the past few years of the Chicago-based festival's lineup history for a little inspiration. Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, and the Killers have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2011

    Farewell, MTK Music Festival, We Hardly Knew Ye

    Sorry guys.​What is it about Long Island and its inability to let multi-day music festivals blossom? Today organizers of the MTK Music Festival—the fashion-forward, Vampire Weekend-headlined event scheduled for next weekend at the East Hampton Airport—announced that they'd pulled t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Week in Review: Top Train-Wreck Bloggers

    Presenting... burger-core. Pic by Puja Patel.​In the week we spent holed up in Sound of the City headquarters preparing Pazz & Jop results, we still found time to report back from shows by former Talking Heads members Tom Tom Club, former Deee-Lite member, Lady Miss Kier, former the Pack membe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Week In Review: Kill Harvilla, But Get Belly To Reunite First

    ​It was the week White America lost its mind, as did the guy who wrote a song called "Kill Harvilla" and sent us both the lyrics (not bad) and the instrumental MP3 (very bad). But we here at SOTC prefer more constructive exercises, like listing every '90s band that hasn't reunited yet. A lot o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    A Brief History of So-Called "Dirty Words" in Indie-Rock

    Are these kids at a Phish show or an Animal Collective show? You'll never know. Photo by Max Herman. ​Over the weekend, the Washington Post suggested that a shift was underway in the indie-rock community. As the headline went: "For indie rockers, 'jam band' increasingly no longer a shameful te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Fox News vs. Hipsters: A First-Rate Lesson in Hate Speech

    ​Fox News decided to publish an editorial on "hipsters" or what they think they know "hipsters" are, entitled, "The Trouble With Hipsters," written by a Hopefully you've landed here and will not read the actual article. That said, given that Fox News's broad outlook still sees President Obama ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Week in Review: Female Guitar Players Are the New Black

    The beach is in Bed-Stuy, suckers. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.​In the week we asked a Georgia-certified divorce attorney whether The-Dream had left his wife while she was eight and a half months pregnant because he would have had to pay more child support had he waited the full nine (or was it ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Week in Review: What Your Kids Will Learn

    Not again! Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.​In the week we mostly spent anticipating tomorrow's Siren Festival, we talked at length with headliner Ted Leo, celebrated at a pre-party with Monotonix, and looked back at nine years worth of past triumphs. See you there, hopefully?

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Last Night: Stephen Colbert Insults Vampire Weekend's Personal Hygiene

    It's true, local swells Vampire Weekend were looking a little ragged on Stephen Colbert's television show last night, but that was no call for him to tell kindly VW drummer Chris Thomson that his hygiene level reminded Colbert of the notoriously unwashed teen star (and sometime Twilight vampire) R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Evidence That Viral-to-Street Promotion Works: Vampire Weekend Contra Edition

    photo by Nate "Igor" Smith Meet Chris. He's on the right. Chris writes graf. Chris went to Hoodstock. And Chris was photographed on Wednesday, repping Vampire Weekend at the Knitting Factory Knifefight: No Rules screening party. So when we saw him the next night at the Ninjasonik art show, wearing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Week in Review: He Did? I Love It!

    Happy birthday, clowns. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne​In the week James Murphy finally squashed his beef with our own Michael Musto, we watched as another journalist-on-artist feud--M.I.A. vs. Lynn Hirschberg, who else?--heated up, adding an album cover, a response to a response to a response to a r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Live: Conan O'Brien (And Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, John Krasinski, Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, And Vampire Weekend) Salutes Chuck Norris At Radio City Music Hall

    ​"I look like the Brawny Paper Towel Guy before his bone-marrow transplant." Pics by Santiago Felipe.​Conan O'Brien And Friends Radio City Music Hall Tuesday, June 1 "The Masturbating Bear was onstage!" marvels a satisfied customer, strolling down Sixth Avenue immediately after Conan O' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Week in Review: Uniformly Awful

    In yr face. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne​In the week the world learned how dangerous a truffle-flavored french fry really can be, we watched in horror as the New York Times Magazine penned a brutal takedown of M.I.A.--who retaliated by going after the journalist who wrote it, of course. Were you pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Week in Review: Michael Bolton is... JACK THE RIPPER!

    Hey look, it's Michael Bolton. Photo by the intrepid Rob Harvilla.​In the week we attended a cocktail party at Michael Bolton's house, we learned that the god has a Kanye platinum plaque on his wall and the finest Scrabble board Toys R Us sells on his mantle. Our guided tour of New York's most ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 16, 2010


    Tinariwen rock it desert-style

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Week in Review: Fist Fight in the Parking Lot

    In the week a chipped tooth kept Lil Wayne out of jail and a secretive, proprietary Billboard chart made a success out of his new, abysmal Rebirth, we pulled our Paul Wall grills out of the closet, just in case. You never know when your hood pass might get pulled, you know? Care for a Sightings p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    So Was Lil Wayne's Rebirth a Modest Success Or a Total Commercial Failure? Maura Johnston Reads the Charts

    "Billboard's 'Tastemakers' chart is the one we should all paying attention to, don't you think?"​This week's Billboard 200 is headed once again by Lady Antebellum, the milquetoast country trio whose second album Need You Now moved 481,000 copies in its debut week, and 209,000 copies in the sal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Indie Takeover Wednesdays Continues with the Scandalous Vice/Sub Pop Partnership with CNN

    ​So Vampire Weekend has the number one record in the country, and now Vice's VBS.TV will claim a prominent spot on CNN's website, presumably somewhere near the Indie Asia: On Tour With the Handsome Furs Sub Pop-produced travel featurette CNN is already hosting. Insert scandalized, risque refer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    The Times Mentioned Fucked Up Without Actually Printing Their Name Again

    Rebecca SmeyneWhat a day that was​From a weekend profile of the perhaps slightly overexposed Vampire Weekend, detailing Ezra Koenig's improbable appearance at FU's late-2008 Rogan Store debacle:

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Photos: Yummy Fur at the Market Hotel, The Beets at St. James Church, Underscore Quarterly Release Party at the Silent Barn

    all photos by Rebecca SmeyneLess Artists More Condos show at St. James Church in Chinatown Those of us blessed with a long weekend had plenty to do with it. Like see Julian Casablancas at Terminal 5, take in Vampire Weekend's "emotionally grueling" marathon at the United Palace Theater, watch Gasli ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 12, 2010


    Don't forget your cardigan

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Week in Review: Let Us Soak in Positive Forces

    New Year's idea, basically. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.​In the week we learned that Animal Collective's manager is apparently endowed with a baby leg, in the one dark place where that would be a meaningful statement, we did our best to otherwise cleanse the ol' SOTC soul, apologizing to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    This Week in the Voice

    ​Ha ha, Mike Bloomberg and Bill Thompson as Oscar and Felix! But as it's by Wayne Barrett, you know it's not a cheap joke: It's about their day jobs as Mayor and Comptroller, the funding for the Museum for African Art led by Thompson's wife, and the propriety of a candidate challenging, with h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    Week in Review: Pull a Monster Out of Your Soul

    Goodbye to all that, I guess. Photo of These Are Powers by Rebecca Smeyne.​In the week our F2K crew got within three wretched singles of revealing all 50 worst songs of the decade, we learned what giant, raging purple erections in cargo shorts would say if they could speak. (Probably something ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    Week in Review: Like a Sexy Swedish Chick in a Natural Mineral Sauna

    Yup, this photo was taken in 2009, by Rebecca Smeyne​In the week Chuck Schumer became a bike-riding, Williamsburg Pool Party-saving hipster man of the people, we roamed far and wide over his most precious borough, from an Obama Fried Chicken in Brownsville to the very likely defunct N8 to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Week in Review: Or Whatever's Left of Her

    Your guess is as good as ours. Photo by Nate "Igor" Smith​In the week we ran all over town looking for a headless pop star (and found her, hiding out in the Barnes and Noble Union Square magazine section), we also hailed the non-headless pop-stars-in-the-making Girls at their New York coronati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Week in Review: The F. Scott Fitzgerald of American Indie Rock

    Photo of South Williamsburg's the Woods by Puja Patel​In the week in which everyone went to rock and roll fantasy camp--whether it be the one that takes place inside the Colbert Report studios with the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle or the one that takes place on the disco dance floor with Vin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    News Roundup: Vampire Weekend Comment Bombs, Sonic Youth, Public Enemy, LCD Soundsystem

    ​--The free download of Vampire Weekend's new track "Horchata" has shaken the dust off the intractable divides between the army of anons. Over at Brooklyn Vegan, we see college students ("The F. Scott Fitzgerald of American Indie Rock") pitted against college students ("'s like the whiffe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    Week in Review: ZOWEE

    Photo of Ida Maria plus models by David Wentworth.​In the week "I'mma Let You Finish" became the new "WAZZUP!" (see how well that one aged!), we leaned back, helpless as the Maxwell Man (our references are old today, huh?) as Kanye annihilated his own website and the hopes and dreams of a 19-y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2009

    Wanna Read the Most Awkward Vampire Weekend Interview Ever?

    Conducted at the Happy Ending after-party two weeks ago by the New York Press: Hi Ezra. "Do I know you from somewhere? You look familiar." We went to college together. "Oh, yeah. You've changed your style since then, wouldn't you say?" I guess I used to be a bit more Goth. "You're still ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    Week in Review: Swine Flu False Alarm Total Panic Edition

    In the week that we thought maybe we had swine flu, ran frightened from our offices, wandered the East Village for hours looking for wireless or a good doctor, and eventually received an email with the subject line "It's NOT Swine Flu," we sheepishly came back to our desks, only to find an army of c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    We Have A Winner

    Ladies and gentleman, we have a winner in our music wine pairing contest. Mr. Gilad Goren of the Upper West Side won us over with a pairing both apt and amusing:Vampire Weekend this season's Beaujolais. Just like the band, the wine is refreshing and enjoyable, but you get sick of it quickly follow ... More >>

  • Music

    January 21, 2009
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    January 21, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 15, 2008

    More from the Fucked Up/Rogan Store Debacle, Featuring the Vampire Weekend Dude

    Wow. Pics by Rebecca Smeyne, more below. I arrive at around 7:30, just as Pink Eyes, our still-shirtless, phenomenally hirsute frontman and ringleader, is announcing that Fucked Up will play a couple more songs and then kick everyone out for a half-hour or so just to 'air the place out," which fra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2008

    Vampire Weekend in the National League Playoffs?

    SOTC roots for the home team. So does Impose Magazine's Jeremy Krinsley. Vivian Girls get mauled by a bear!?! Vampire Weekend continue to rule the known universe, claiming their third night at the cavernous Terminal 5 after selling out their first two. They also won a Q Award for one of their mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2008

    The Obligatory Coachella Photo Post

    St. Vincent celebrated Prince's headlining set by turning into Jennifer Beales. Coachella Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27 all photos by Timothy Norris

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    March 26, 2008
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    March 16, 2008

    SXSW: The Constantines

    The Constantines The Parish Sat. March 15 Smoke machine follies This SXSW has made me feel sorry for the bands. Just how many of them there are, the astronomical improbability of their bid for superstardom, the grueling load-in/load-out for a lousy 25 minutes in front of an apathetic crowd wa ... More >>

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    February 14, 2008
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    January 16, 2008
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    October 17, 2007

    CMJ: St. Vincent Photos at Other Music

    photos by Rebecca Smeyne St. Vincent Other Music, 8 pm CMJ Day 1: October 16

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    September 14, 2007
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