As you probably already know, the guys in Vampire Weekend graduated from Columbia. They aren't poor. With their dapper, upper-crust fashion sense, it often looks like they just walked off the set of 'The Royal Tenenbaums.' And -- just in case you missed out while reading all the beard-stroking think-pieces about their position as indie-rock high-brow trend-setters -- they've also released two excellent LPs of springy, sophisticated pop. On their self-titled debut, frontman Ezra Keonig asked what's bound to be his tombstone punchline, "Who gives a f--- about an Oxford comma?" In retrospect, it sounds like pre-emptive self-defense. Vampire Weekend write great music -- who gives a f--- about their backstory?
Last night (April 28), Vampire Weekend took the stage of NYC’s Roseland Ballroom for a highly anticipated show as part of American Express Unstaged concert series. The gig featured two brand-new songs and was broadcast to the masses via a live webcast directed by actor Steve Buscemi. Watch the NYC indie gents perform ‘Obvious Bicycle’ (above) and ‘Everlasting Arms’ (below).
"Do you remember when you first fell in love with Easter," Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio asks actor Steve Buscemi in a new promo video (watch above) for the band's upcoming American Express Unstaged live webcast, which Busemi will direct. Buscemi oddly waxes nostalgic about the holiday -- "I couldn't sleep the night before, thinking about how many eggs I was gonna get," he recalls -- and the whole thing comes across as pretty awkward and totally random, much like the entire Buscemi/Vampire Weekend association, which started when he appeared with the band at this year's Easter parade in New York City.
East Coast, represent! More specifically: New York boroughs, represent! Vampire Weekend, products of Columbia University in uptown Manhattan, will team up with Brooklynite actor and director (and distant relative of a Weekend'er, it turns out) Steve Buscemi for their upcoming show at Roseland Ballroom in NYC, which takes place on April 28. Buscemi will direct a webcast, which will air as part of the American Express Unstaged concert series.
Possibly trying to regain some goodwill after the bizarre public relations nightmare that ignited over the decision to torch a few Saabs in their new 'Diane Young' video, Vampire Weekend recruited beloved character actor Steve Buscemi to march with them in yesterday's (March 31) Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival in New York City.