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03.17.2014 | 33 days ago | Posted at 11:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
After selling out almost immediately last week, Vampire Weekend's June 4 concert at the Riverside Theater has been moved to the BMO Harris Pavilion at the Summerfest Grounds. Additional tickets for the concert will go on sale Friday, March 21 at noon.In a press release, promoters promise that original ticket holders will be taken care of, promising that "all Riverside customers will receive replac...
03.10.2014 | 40 days ago | Posted at 12:00 PM
By Shepherd Express Staff
Courting a generation that grew up listening to Graceland with their parents by adding an agreeable African jangle to otherwise tried-and-true, guitar-based indie-rock, Vampire Weekend sprouted from virtual unknowns to a hip buzz band to a bona fide phenomenon all before they even released their debut album. Many bands crack under the pressure of releasing a follow-up to such a smash debut, but Va...
05.09.2013 | | Posted at 01:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's near-weekly klatch between station promotions director Ryan Schleicher, A.V. Club Milwaukee editor Matt Wild and I, I float the theory that indie-rock is in decline, and explain why that might be a good thing. The once-inordinately influential genre no longer dominates conversations around music and culture the way it did in the mid-'00s, as the very term "indie...
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

March 23, 2010

It’s an oddly confrontational image, the vintage portrait of a Polo-clad, pretty young woman with an ambiguous, perhaps vacant stare and lavishly coiffed hair that adorns the cover of Vampire Weekend’s latest album, Contra. “It&rs...
08.24.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Yesterday I sat on a media/press panel for local bands sponsored by WMSE, where bloggers from Fan-Belt and Muzzle of Bees offered helpful best practice tips for securing coverage. Since the conversation was heavy on procedural and technical practices, though, there were a couple important tips I wasn't able to share about how bands can make the most of their media exposure. Most musicians see...
03.21.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Last year's SXSW was dominated by a handful of burgeoning bands with major next-big-thing potential. Vampire Weekend, MGMT and Bon Iver were all already well on their way toward bigger things when they played Austin last March, but SXSW was in many ways the tipping point, the moment media cemented the narrative that these were to be the great success stories of 2008. No burgeoning acts as Sout...
Saturday, April 5, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8:00 PM

By adding an agreeable African-jangle to otherwise pretty conventional, guitar-based indie-rock, Vampire Weekend went from virtual unknowns, to a buzz band and then finally to a bona fide phenomenon—all before they even released their debut album. They’ve won over the blogs, played on “Saturday Night Live,” graced . . .
Wednesday, April 2, 2008

How Vampire Weekend Channeled Africa Through New York

What is a young artist to make of a post-Giuliani, post-9/11 New York City? Some credit the former mayor’s strategic employment of the “broken window” philosophy in fighting urban crime and blight—along with a police force that, putting it kindly, ignored many of the subtleties of community relations—with helping the city to clean up its act. Many old haunts that once housed angst-ridden musicians are being developed into condominiums and shopping centers (it was, for example, recently announced that the former site of CBGB is being converted into a store for upscale men’s fashion designer John Varvatos). At the same time, the horrific events of 9/11 have created both a newfound sense of community among many New Yorkers and an intense preoccupation with all things safety-related. The grime, danger and sin historically associated with New York have seemingly been wiped off the cultural landscape of the city, creating a new atmosphere marked by a cleanliness that threatens to erase many aspects of the region’s checkered history.

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