The four boys from Liverpool Columbia (sorry) have announced some new tour dates in support of Contra. Can't wait for Tuesday? Good news, bloody-sundays (new unofficial nickname for VW fans, probably): the entire album is streaming online for free! Popped collar not included.
Having heard Contra already, I can safely say that the album is much more "Horchata" than "Cousins." Decidedly mellowed out, Vampire Weekend definitely continues down the Paul Simon/Graceland comparison rabbit hole (though VERY unfairly stipulated by narrow minded critics). They sound more and more like, well, Vampire Weekend. Afro-pop is a lot different than this. Go listen to these guys for perspective.
But Vampire Weekend did a great job of sounding like Vampire Weekend! If you are a fan I'd go see their sophomore concert now, before they become so big you have to pay $75USD to sit in the nosebleeds and buy ten dollar beers because America.
Too bad there isn't a lot of "Cousins" on Contra because we really like "Cousins"! Check it out, they even played it on Letterman instead of Borchata:
Anyway, tour dates.
Vampire Weekend on Tour
3/14 - Edmonton, ALB, Edmonton Event Center
3/15 - Calgary, ALB, MacEwan Hall
3/16 - Missoula, MT, Wilma Theater
3/18 - Salt Lake City, UT, In The Venue
3/19 - Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
3/20 - Aspen, CO, Spring Jam Core Party
3/22 - Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
3/23 - Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
3/25 - Chicago, IL, Riviera Theater
3/27 - Knoxville, TN, Tennessee Theatre
3/29 - Columbus, OH, The LC Pavilion
3/30 - Toronto, ONT, The Sound Academy
4/1st - Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
4/2 - Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory
4/3 - Washington, DC, DAR Constitution Hall
4/5 - Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
4/6 - Asheville, NC, Orange Peel
4/8 - Atlanta, GA, The Tabernacle
4/9 - New Orleans, LA, House Of Blues
4/10 - Austin, TX, Stubbs BBQ
4/11 - Dallas, TX, House Of Blues
4/13 - Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theater
4/14 - Pomona, CA, Fox Theater
4/19 - Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
Contra is out next Tuesday, 1/12 on XL. You'll probably have it by the end of the month. - joe puglisi