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Vampire Weekend

Mixing preppy, well-read indie rock with joyful, Afro-pop-inspired melodies and rhythms, Vampire Weekend grew from one of the first bands to be championed by music bloggers into a Grammy Award-winning act that helped define the sound of the 2010s. Hailing from New York City, Ezra Koenig, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij, and Chris Tomson formed the band early in 2006, when they were finishing up their studies at Columbia University. Taking their name from a short film Koenig made during his freshman year, the band started out by playing gigs at the university's literary societies and at parties. Word spread about Vampire Weekend's unique sound and lyrics ("Oxford Comma," one of the band's earliest songs, referred to comma usage in a list of three items), buoyed by the band's self-released EPs, which they recorded in locations spanning from their Columbia dorm rooms to a family barn. The buzz around Vampire Weekend reached a peak in 2007: that summer, the band embarked on its biggest tour yet, made several appearances at that year's CMJ Music Marathon, and signed with XL Records that fall. The Mansard Roof EP was Vampire Weekend's debut release for the label, followed by their self-titled first album early in 2008. Debuting within the Top 20 of both the American and U.K. album charts, the eponymous record was one of the year's most popular indie releases.

Vampire Weekend celebrated its success by hitting the road for the better part of two years, and keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij gathered additional accolades by releasing an album with Discovery, his electro side project with Ra Ra Riot's Wes Miles. During this time, Vampire Weekend returned to the studio to record Contra, which arrived in early 2010. Featuring the singles "Horchata" and "Cousins," the album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album.

Late in 2011, the band returned to the studio to work on its third album, working with Ariel Rechtshaid, who co-produced the album with Batmanglij. Described as a darker, more organic set of songs by Koenig, Modern Vampires of the City was released in May 2013. Like Contra, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and also won the Grammy for Best Alternative Album in 2014. Early in 2016, Batmanglij announced he had left Vampire Weekend but would continue to work with Koenig in the future. ~ Heather Phares
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Modern Vampires Of The City

1. Obvious Bicycle

2. Unbelievers

3. Step

4. Diane Young

5. Don't Lie

6. Hannah Hunt

7. Everlasting Arms

8. Finger Back

9. Worship You

10. Ya Hey

11. Hudson

12. Young Lion

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Track List: Contra

1. Horchata

2. White Sky

3. Holiday

4. California English

5. Taxi Cab

6. Run

7. Cousins

8. Giving Up The Gun

9. Diplomat's Son

10. I Think Ur A Contra

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Track List: Vampire Weekend

1. Mansard Roof

2. Oxford Comma

3. A Punk

4. Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa

5. M79

6. Campus

7. Bryn

8. One (Blake's Got A New Face)

9. I Stand Corrected

10. Walcott

11. The Kids Don't Stand A Chance

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Track List: Cousins (Radio Single)

1. Cousins

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Track List: ITunes Session

1. A-Punk (ITunes Session)

2. I'm Going Down (ITunes Session)

3. Holiday (ITunes Session)

4. Have I The Right (ITunes Session)

5. Cousins (ITunes Session)

6. Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (ITunes Session)

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Track List: Mansard Roof EP

1. Mansard Roof

2. Ladies Of Cambridge

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Track List: The Kids Don't Stand A Chance (Single)

1. The Kids Don't Stand A Chance

2. The Kids Don?t Stand A Chance (Chromeo Remix)

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Track List: Unbelievers

1. Unbelievers

2. Unbelievers ('Seeburg Drum Machine' Mix)

3. Step

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I love Vampire Weekend
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jccoffey98
My question is why they are not that popular
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...NNNNNNNNN N N N N N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y
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I love vampire weekend
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This is a vampire weekend,Dona l d trump is out for blood for president!!! . . .
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Similar Artists are other indie-ish groups which also happen to be popular. Doesn't really relate to sounding like Vampire Weekend very much.
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I like who they have as similar artist for them, not even remotely close: Modest Mouse, Phoenix, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys and Two Door Cinema Club? Seriously? None of those bands sound remotely close to them. Try: The Spinto Band, Morning Benders, Born Ruffians, Tapes 'n Tapes, Delta Spirit, Ball Park Music, Nurses, Harlem Shakes, San Cisco, Octoberman and if you were to go by the bass players solo album it would be: The Antlers, Grizzly Bear, Beirut and The Wave Pictures just to name a few.
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Aight is a huge understateme n t mattaheehan! ! I love them!!! Does anyone know if they are going on tour anytime soon???
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stephcim123
Idk why they aren't very popular. THEY ARE AMAZING
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They aight
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This my jam!
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This sounds like the theme song for parks and recreation ��
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Every time i see you in the world,
You always step to my girl.
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The gloves are off, The wisdom teeth are out. What your on about ? I feel it in my bones
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jordanlovo
My kik youknowmynam e a l r e a d y
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Freakin' love this band!!!
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A punk❣
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Don't you wanna get out of cape cod, out of cape cod tonight?
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Walcott, don't you know that it's insane?
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anjagrunt
These guys are awesome!
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this bands quite interesting
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honestly thought they were british oops
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PIZZA PRTY IF YOU GOT A BLUNT THAN WE CAN GET HIGH
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Vampire Weekend was my favorite band in middle school. I can't believe I forgot how great they are! I love it!
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Love it
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I haven't heard this band in forever <3 remember why I love them so much now
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<3
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beletegw8
I love the description of this band as like listening to a Wes Anderson movie, it's pretty accurate
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I've never heard this band before, but I like this song!
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My fave❤
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sunset music
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sbcoughlin9
Love love love love love <3
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rfink21
What's going on? Where's the vampireness? But yeah, aside from false advertisemen t , sounds weirdly hippy-france - s o u n d i n g - i s h - c o o l .
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they've got such a unique sound
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CAN I MARRY ALL OF THE BAND MEMBERS
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no idea what this song is about but it's magic :)
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I love vampire weekend some of the greatest musicians ever
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bradyjbaker
Follow 4 Follow future friends! ❤️
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Mitochondria is the power house of the cell
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I love this. Is f unique.
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I LOVE YOU
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I just love this music so uplifting
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AWFUL
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You can't not like them.. They're incredible.
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I love the upbeat vibes and the instrumentat i o n . Lots of fun!
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It's like listening to a Wes Anderson movie...I would've never guessed I would like a band called "Vampire Weekend." My past-self would totally kick my own a** if he ever heard me say such a thing.
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☆☆☆☆☆☆I flippen LOVE these guys☆☆☆
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pencebre
@yourluke110 1 That would be epic.
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