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Concerts

Chris Tomson (left) and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend perform at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica, Calif.

May 15, 2013 Watch the New York band perform an intimate 12-song set at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio for KCRW.

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March 13, 2008 The Afro-flecked indie-rock band makes it debut at SXSW at the Parish in Austin, Tex.

Studio Sessions

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October 7, 2013 Hear a 2008 session with the New York band, which crafts a unique sound from unlikely genres.

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January 15, 2008 Just before the hype really picked up, the "Upper West Side Soweto" band stopped by KEXP.

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Interviews & Profiles

Vampire Weekend's third album is titled Modern Vampires of the City. Singer Ezra Koenig (far left) says he sees it as the closing chapter of a trilogy.

May 14, 2013 Singer Ezra Koenig says the band's new Modern Vampires of the City is the final part of a trilogy.

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Vampire Weekend in New York City: (from left) Chris Tomson, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij and Ezra Koenig.

May 1, 2013 In an interview, the band talks about the long process of making Modern Vampires of The City.

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NPR listener Amanda Sauermann has never had horchata, but Vampire Weekend's song of the same name kept her warm during a rough winter.

March 2, 2012 Listener Amanda Sauermann says the song transcended her "out of the cold and into the Caribbean."

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Ezra Koenig; credit: Kim Rottmayer of picturethesound.com

January 30, 2010 One of America's most respected and reviled new bands, the group just topped the Billboard charts.

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February 5, 2008 The band's Afropop-tinged record has attracted strong opinions from virtually every rock critic.

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December 14, 2010 All Songs Considered listeners cast thousands of votes for the year's best music. See their Top 25.

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photo of The National by Keith Klenowski

June 29, 2010 See the Top 20 albums of the year to date, as selected by NPR listeners.

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January 4, 2010 Hear the New York band's plucky second album in its entirety until its release on Jan. 12.

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October 13, 2009 The latest mix from All Songs Considered features new music from Vampire Weekend and more.

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October 13, 2009 The latest mix from All Songs Considered features new music from Vampire Weekend and more.

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December 15, 2008 See and hear what NPR listeners picked as the best albums of 2008.

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December 13, 2008 We all need and want different things from music at different times, and gentility won out in 2008.

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December 8, 2008 Hear a far-reaching roundtable discussion of the year's best albums and biggest surprises.

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November 24, 2008 David Dye looks back at the 10 albums that best kept him interested through multiple listens.

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June 25, 2008 The halfway point of 2008 seems like a good time to look at the first half of a busy year in music.

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March 5, 2008 A preview of some of the bands performing at this year's South by Southwest festival.

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January 10, 2008 Hear a new mix of music from Billie Holiday, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Peter Gabriel, and Bon Iver.

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December 6, 2007 All Songs reviewers parley the year's biggest surprises, letdowns and best new music.

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November 5, 2007 The New York City band mashes up unlikely genres, crafting a unique sound in the process.

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August 16, 2007 Upper Westside Soweto: Vampire Weekend; Metal pop from Queens of the Stone Age; Absurdist electr...

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News

Daft Punk's album Random Access Memories sold 339,000 copies in its first week in stores, the second highest total for any  new album in 2013.

May 29, 2013 Are the new albums by Vampire Weekend and Daft Punk the hippest to ever top the charts back to back?

Adele performs in February.

June 8, 2012 XL Recordings, home of Adele and Vampire Weekend, has found huge success while remaining small.

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July 16, 2010 The woman on the cover of Vampire Weekend's album Contra is suing the band for millions.

December 31, 2007 NPR's Bob Boilen highlights artists to listen for in 2008 and new trends in the music industry.

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Reviews

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January 11, 2010 The band more or less continues its preppy, Afro-flecked sound, with a couple of surprises.

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December 15, 2008 See and hear what NPR listeners picked as the best albums of 2008.

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December 8, 2008 Hear a far-reaching roundtable discussion of the year's best albums and biggest surprises.

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June 25, 2008 The halfway point of 2008 seems like a good time to look at the first half of a busy year in music.

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March 6, 2008 The much-talked-about band's self-titled debut sounds charming and comfortable.

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February 27, 2008 Ken Tucker reviews the debut album of the band Vampire Weekend.

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January 29, 2008 Here's a look at a few CDs that hit stores today, including titles by Chris Walla and Willie Nelson.

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December 29, 2008 Afropop.org editor Banning Eyre chooses the continent's Top 10 albums of the year.

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Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City was the most popular record in our listener poll for the best music of 2013.

December 12, 2013 See what albums NPR listeners picked in our year-end poll for the best music of 2013.

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Top row, left to right: Laura Marling, Lorde, Mike Milosh of Rhye; middle row: Ty Segall, James Blake, Valerie June; bottom row: Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne of The Blow, Earl Sweatshirt, Lou Reed.

December 4, 2013 All Songs Considered's wide-ranging discussion of the music that meant the most in 2013.

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Clockwise from upper left: Kacey Musgraves, Daft Punk, David Bowie, Valerie June, Chance The Rapper, Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips

June 11, 2013 All Songs Considered shares its favorite albums, new artists, songs and surprises of 2013 so far.

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Khaela Maricich (left) and Melissa Dyne of The Blow.

December 16, 2013 The All Songs Considered host shares an overstuffed list of the albums he loved this year.

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December 4, 2013 All Songs Considered's wide-ranging discussion of the music that meant the most in 2013.

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Weekend or Weekend Nachos?

April 1, 2011 As band-naming conventions go, "Weekend" is the new word to pop up everywhere. Hear five of them.

Clockwise from upper left: Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass of Boy, Matthew Cooper of Eluvium, Vampire Weekend, Annie Hardy of Giant Drag

March 26, 2013 New music from returning favorites and a pair of exciting discoveries from the SXSW music festival.

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February 1957:  Bill Haley's band The Comets play in the cramped space of a railway carriage en route to London.  (Photo by Harry Kerr/BIPs/Getty Images)

August 17, 2011 From R.E.M. to Groucho Marx, fans share more songs that make them feel good.

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