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Arts and Entertainment

Vampire Weekend @ Silverlake Lounge 7/17/07

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Vampire Weekend rocked out two shows last week and it seems the hype is worth the, ahem, hype this time. The first at the Troubadour Monday night we heard was a blast. We managed to catch their second show at the Silverlake Lounge the following night and it was packed. Like really really packed. A William Morris agent friend of ours remarked that the Silverlake Lounge has never been so crowded. And after a night of Spoon in an overheated warehouse we were really feeling the effects of summertime on the live music scene.

Vampire Weekend has been making its way around the blogosphere and are being hailed by some as the next Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. These guys, who all live in Brooklyn, have a certain pop hipness to their afro-indie beats. Their high energy 45-minute show kept the crowd going the whole time, despite their limited independent album release of just 3 songs. The rest of the time was filled in with new-ish songs and everyone seemed to enjoy being guinea pigs for their new material.

These recent Columbia grads are touring around the U.S. with their Paul Simon/Police like music and having fun at it. Going up to chat with the band afterwards, Chris the drummer asked earnestly, "Was the sounds ok? I couldn't tell from here, was the sound ok?" The sound, it turns out, was just right and the hype fell out into the street amongst the hoardes of hipsters. Make sure to catch these guys the next time around if you can.

The clip above is of their song "Oxford Comma."

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You can buy their music here. Catch one more video after the jump!

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