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Vampire Weekend @ The Echo, 12/3/07

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Vampire Weekend, decked out in polo shirts and loafers, played their blend of indie rock meets afro-pop to a packed house at The Echo last night. The show was sold out and the band did not disappoint despite singer Ezra Koenig’s ailing vocal chords. Armed with enhanced energy and a couple of new songs since the last time they were in LA, Vampire Weekend proved that they are very deserving of the buzz currently surrounding them.

The first single, “Mansard Roof”, opened the set followed by the majority of the songs off of the Blue CD-R release. The band made several references to their love for LA despite their New York address, even adding that they don’t agree with Woody Allen’s sentiments in Annie Hall (Were these guys even alive when that movie was released?).

Koenig’s voice struggled only on “Bryn” and was surprisingly strong for the remainder of the set. He asked for audience participation on “One” to back him up, but he certainly didn’t need the hearty response that he received. “Oxford Comma” garnered the most enthusiasm from the crowd and will hopefully be the second single. The night ended with “Boston” as the only encore song. This great track is the b-side to “Mansard Roof” but will sadly be left off of the full length release.

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Vampire Weekend is currently on tour to promote their upcoming self-titled debut album to be released January 29 on XL Recordings.

Setlist, videos, and tour dates after the break…

Setlist for 12/3/07 @ The Echo:

Mansard Roof
Campus
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
M-79
Bryn
I Stand Corrected
A-Punk
One (Blake's Got A New Face)
Little Giant
Oxford Comma
Walcott

Encore:
Boston

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"A-Punk" at The Echo:

"Oxford Comma" at The Echo:

Remaining Tour Dates for 2007:

12/5 San Francisco, CA (The Independent)
12/7 Salt Lake City, UT (Kilby Court)
12/8 Denver, CO (Bluebird Theater)
12/9 Omaha, NE (Slowdown Jr.)
12/11 Chicago, IL (Schubas)
12/12 Pontiac, MI (The Pike Room at the Crofoot)
12/13 Toronto, Ontario (El Mocambo)
12/14 Montreal, Quebec (Club Lambi)
12/15 Cambridge, MA (Middle East Downstairs - Friends of John Benefit)

Photo by Unsure Shot via Flickr