Ezra Koenig

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    January 14, 2014

    The Best Concerts I Saw in Arizona in 2013

    I'm sure you're burnt out on reading best of 2013 lists by now, but taking an extra two weeks to wrap up the best shows of the year list was productive. For one, it's tough to compare a small, intimate show like Jimmy Eat World's mini-Arizona tour against massive productions employed by the likes of ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013

    Deafheaven and Marriages - Yucca Tap Room, Tempe - 6/19/2013

    Last night, I came to the conclusion that Deafheaven is black metal's Vampire Weekend. I've never thought up an uglier string of words to describe what is fundamentally a thing of beauty. To see Deafheaven is to not see a black metal band but to see black metal being curated by hardcore and indie ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    Okay, It's Time to Stop Saying Vampire Weekend Sounds Like Afropop (or Graceland)

    Vampire Weekend -- the album -- sounded a lot like Graceland, inasmuch as most of us hadn't heard that bright Afropop guitar tone on any other albums in the intervening 20 years, and Ezra Koenig's lyrics were as epigrammatic as Paul Simon's, if in a different way. It wasn't just the guitar, even tho ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    Songs With Minimal Lyrics and Maximum Catchiness

    ​New Year's may have been a couple days ago, but let's be honest: you probably still have a lingering headache after partying too hard. That's okay, we've got you covered with our Songs To Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions, Eight Songs for Your Walk of Shame, and now 10 Simple, Yet C ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    Your New Favorite Band: Fair Ohs

    Fair Ohs - Everything Is Dancing​Imagine, if you will, that there exists somewhere out there a less shitty, English version of Vampire Weekend -- a band that employs Afropop stylings yet with more of an edge to their sound. East London trio Fairs Ohs are just that. The band does not don loafers an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Best Cover Songs in Other Languages

    Rave On Buddy Holly, a 19-track tribute album, was released on June 28, 2011.​Last week, Fantasy Records and Hear Music released Rave On Buddy Holly, a 19-track tribute album dedicated to the bespectacled rock and roll icon. Artists like Paul McCartney and Lou Reed cover Holly classics o ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    Pitchfork's Top 10 Albums of 2010 Explained

    Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig​The wonderful people over at Pitchfork just released their 10 best albums of 2010 today. In what should have came as no surprise, Kanye West took the top spot. His latest album had been given a notorious perfect 10 a month ago and, if Rolling Stone and Spin have anyth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Vampire Weekend Set to Release Follow Up to Contra Before the Year's End

    Vampire Weekend.​So it seems that even though Vampire Weekend's critically acclaimed, (by nearly all music critics except our very own Jay Bennett,) Contra came out just this January, the plan is that they'll have another recording out before the year's end, according to TwentyFourBit.Their frontm ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Vampire Weekend Brings the Love to Marquee Theatre

    Peter Baray​Sounds like things got pretty crazy at the Vampire Weekend concert last night at Marquee Theatre. Someone threw up, and girls and guys alike lusted after the band--although it seems like the crowd was filled with underaged peeps. Here's what was happening on the interwebs after the sho ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Vampire Weekend at Marquee Theatre

    ​Vampire Weekend's 19-song set at Marquee Theatre Tuesday was totally devoid of riffs or deviations from their studio versions -- the crowd couldn't have cared less.In fact, the crowd knew every vocal and instrumental cue so well that, had the band gone off-script at any point, they may not have k ... More >>

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    November 29, 2007
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    July 12, 2007

    Sound Tracks

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