Vampire Weekend Schedule
At a glance, you might think Vampire Weekend is the name for a band specializing in death
metal. But in reality, Vampire Weekend represents quite the opposite when it comes to genre. The group tosses preppy indie
rock into the blender with uplifting, Afro-pop influenced rhythms and melodies.
To catch Vampire Weekend on tour, make
sure you check out their latest concert listings right here on StubHub, which include stops at the Main Street Armory in Rochester,
New York; the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington; the McMenamins Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon; and the Valley View Casino
Center in San Diego, California.
Vampire Weekend Background
Hailing from New York, the preppy indie-rock
group Vampire Weekend is comprised of frontman Ezra Koenig, bassist Chris Baio, drummer Chris Tomson and keyboardist Rostam
The band's roots were planted when Batmanglij and Koenig played multiple instruments in the Dirty Projectors.
Longing to make their own original music, the duo invited fellow Columbia University students Chris Thomson and Chris Baio
to join them on their quest. Vampire Weekend was born in early 2006, borrowing their moniker from a flick Koenig made during
his freshman year.
The band made their public debut by jamming at Columbia University's literary societies as well as
parties. It didn't take long for word to spread about their authentic brand of music. From the early stages, fans appreciated
Vampire Weekend's unique lyrics as well. A true testament to their clever lyrics is exemplified in the tune, Oxford Comma.
The song references a comma usage in a list of three items.
Their new-found popularity lead Vampire Weekend to release
EPs, which they produced in various locations like dorm rooms and even a barn.
In 2007, Vampire Weekend hit the road
and additionally made multiple appearances at the 2007 CMJ Music Marathon. They inked a deal with XL Records that fall, releasing
the Mansard Roof EP.
Their eponymous premiere album came out in early 2008 and landed a spot in the Top 20 of both the
U.K. and the U.S. album charts. The self-titled album proved to be one of the year's most coveted indie releases.
honor their success, the band set out on another tour for close to two years.
Despite their tireless tour schedule,
Vampire Weekend returned to the studio to record Contra. This sophomore album arrived in early 2010.
In early 2013,
Vampire Weekend hit the stage of the SXSW festival, playing a couple of songs Ya Hey and Diane Young.
Their album Modern
Vampires of the City came out in May 2013.
Vampire Weekend Hit Albums
Vampire Weekend's eponymous album,
2008, was the band's first and proved to be a success with hit singles like Oxford Comma, Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa, A-Punk,
Mansard Roof and The Kids Don't Stand a Chance. The album landed at No. 15 on the U.K. Albums Chart and No. 17 on the Billboard
Their sophomore album, Contra, arrived on January 11, 2010, in the U.K. and the following day in America. Contra
was the band's first album to skyrocket to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. Additionally, Contra earned a Grammy nod for
Best Alternative Music Album - but lost to The Black Keys' Brothers.
Modern Vampires of the City is their latest release
and came out in May 2013. The album was penned and recorded in several different locations, including Echo Park "Back House"
in L.A.; SlowDeath Studios in New York; Rostam Batmanglij's apartment in New York; and even a guest house situated on Martha's
Vampire Weekend Trivia
Did you know that the Vampire Weekend tune, A-Punk, was used in the movie
Step Brothers, which starred Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly? Yes, it's true! The song served as the opener for the comedy.
Additionally, this song was featured in the U.K. TV show, The Inbetweeners as well as the video games Lego Rock Band, Just
Dance 2 and Guitar Hero 5.
But their claims to fame don't stop there. Vampire Weekend's song, Ottoman, was also used
for Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008). Two tracks from their first record also were included in I Love You, Man (2009).
And Vampire Weekend contributed the tune, Jonathan Low, to the soundtrack to the third part of the Twilight Saga films, Eclipse.
if you ever watch the hit TV series, How I Met Your Mother, you might have noticed Vampire Weekend's hit single, Oxford Comma,
playing at the beginning of an episode.
Vampire Weekend Concert Experience
Vampire Weekend busts the mold
of the typical rock band, right down to their name. Vampire Weekend has notched multiple big hits on the Billboard charts,
and they sustain their position as a top touring act. If you haven't had the opportunity to catch them live, now is your chance
to do so!
You're in luck this year to catch a live performance because Vampire Weekend is making their way across the
country with shows set for Seattle, Portland and San Diego!