Is Vampire Weekend this year's Strokes? Or this year's Tapes 'n Tapes? The blog hype surrounding the recent Columbia University grads has been enough to start a backlash against the backlash against the backlash. However listeners perceive it, Vampire Weekend's self-titled debut is a charming piece of Afropop-flecked indie-rock. Its tones are as starch-clean as Vampire Weekend's Oxford shirts, and its melodies as perky as popped collars. Hear a concert recorded live at the Parish in Austin, Tex., on March 13, 2008.
Hear the other bands from this concert: Bon Iver, Yeasayer, A.A. Bondy, Jens Lekman, Shout Out Louds.