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Chris Tomson (left) and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend perform at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica, Calif. (KCRW)

Vampire Weekend, Live In Concert

by Jason Bentley, KCRW Music Director
May 15, 2013 (KCRW-FM)

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Rostam Batmanglij, Ezra Koenig and Chris Tomson of Vampire Weekend perform a special show at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica, Calif.

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Jason Bentley, KCRW Music Director

Whether its members see it as blessing or a curse, Vampire Weekend's early success placed the band squarely under a microscope. Since even before the release of its first album, Vampire Weekend's clever lyrics and use of worldly rhythms have commanded attention; fortunately, the group's fame hasn't waned as its music has become more dynamic and confident.

The New York band recently visited the West Coast for Coachella and took a night off to perform for a small audience of eager fans in Santa Monica for KCRW. The set included a handful of songs from the new Modern Vampires of The City, as well as classics that now seem wistful and carefree — listening feels almost like going back to school. You can watch the 12-song concert in its entirety right here, and hear an audio recording of the performance on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Set List

  • "White Sky"
  • "I Stand Corrected"
  • "Diane Young"
  • "Step"
  • "Diplomat's Son"
  • "Unbelievers"
  • "Ya Hey"
  • "Campus"
  • "Oxford Comma"
  • "Contra"
  • "One (Blake's Got A New Face)"
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