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Vampire Weekend Announce 2012 Pitchfork Festival Warmup Gigs

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After a nearly two-year hiatus, Vampire Weekend are prepping a return to the road — and it sounds like they’re getting down to work on their next album, too.

Pollstar reports that the band has scheduled what we’re going to politely refer to as a smattering of live dates, starting with a July 12 concert at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio. They’ll surface the next night in Indianapolis, Ind. and conclude their run two days later when they headline the Pitchfork Music Festival on July 15. Think of the first two gigs as warm-ups for the third.

As the Pollstar report notes, the guys in the band haven’t exactly been loafing since releasing their last album, ‘Contra,’ in 2010; they’ve been involved in a number of separate side projects, including Chris Baio’s solo EP ‘Sunburn’ and Rostam Batmanglij’s score for the indie film ‘Sound of My Voice‘ (which was, perhaps not coincidentally, directed by his brother).

No word yet on when we can expect to hear what Vampire Weekend has been up to in the studio, but in the meantime, you can stay up to date via the band’s website — and mark your calendars for ticket presales for their upcoming gigs: the Cleveland show goes on sale today (June 7), with Indianapolis following suit tomorrow. Three-day passes for the Pitchfork Music Festival are sold out, but you can still purchase tickets for individual days here.

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