Friday, January 25, 2008

Who or What is Vampire Weekend?

If you haven't heard of Vampire Weekend or haven't heard their music, the first thing you need to do is throw out any of your preconceived notions of what the band should sound like. Now, consider that this emerging indie band from New York has gotten love from numerous music blogs as well the New York Times. The band, formed after the members all met while attending Columbia University, describes their sound as "Upper West Side Soweto," which is to say, an odd mix of Manhattan & urban Johannesburg, South Africa, or an indie hipster version of Paul Simon circa "Graceland." That said, you will also hear familiar strains of the Police, Talking Heads and English Beat. What you do need to know is that the band's self titled debut album drops January 29, 2008 and can be pre-ordered now at Amazon. The band will be touring through April, including a performance at this year's Coachella.

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