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Band to Watch: Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend doesn't sound like their name suggests. There's nothing the slightest bit spooky or goth-y about the music made by this foursome of ex-Columbia University students. Instead, their songs are joyful and upbeat, with Afropop-inspired swinging instrumentation backing smart lyrics.

The group made a splash with an EP last year, but this looks to be the year the foursome could really hit it big, with a self-titled album set to hit stores next week. The first track on the album, "Mansard Roof," is already available as a digital download from iTunes — and it recently led to me embarrassing myself by dancing rather enthusiastically on a street corner while waiting for the light to change.

Several more Vampire Weekend songs are streaming at the band's MySpace page, but I'd suggest getting acquainted with them by watching a couple of music videos. To check them out, just



"Mansard Roof":


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Fab_Kitty Fab_Kitty 8 years
I'm not a fan of all their stuff, but for a month Cape Code Kwassa Kwassa was on regular rotation in a playlist of mine. Thanks for the music updates, Buzz.
crystallyn crystallyn 8 years
Have to admit, not a all. I'm usually pretty open minded and usually like bands in this sort of genre but just can't handle's a station flip when they come on the radio in Boston.
katiejane24 katiejane24 8 years
Um...they were on TRL? That's odd to me...but they're great!
StarPowerLove StarPowerLove 8 years
I saw their video on TRL. Very funny and catchy song!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i like that your mind automatically goes towards goth and darkness with a name like that - i think that i'll have to check them out.
piesecki piesecki 8 years
LOVE them! Would be fab if they hit the big time :)
divinelight divinelight 8 years
These guys are awesome! I love them. Glad more people are getting into them.
Francesca-Fiore Francesca-Fiore 8 years
I love these guys! I found them by accident when I was searching for Halloween music... embarrassing. My favorites are probably M79 and The Kids Don't Stand a Chance. They are worth a listen for sure!
bellanatella bellanatella 8 years
First heard about them on Teen Vogue's MySpace of all places. They're pretty good, I have to say.
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