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Darker in mood and grander in scope than the neon jungles of Contra, Modern Vampires of the City puts Vampire Weekend in league with Sgt. Pepper’s–era Beatles: a smart, musically omnivorous rock band-turned-studio-project trying to bottle lifetimes of worldly understanding in a 45-minute album. With help from co-producer Ariel Rechtshaid (Sky Ferreira, Haim, Brandon Flowers), the band joins mutant rockabilly (“Diane Young”) with music-box ballads (“Hannah Hunt”), choral music with reggae (“Ya Hey”) and punk with Celtic reels (“Worship You”). And as dense as the sound is, the overall impression somehow remains breezy, charming, and smart—philosophy you can blast at the bar.

Biography

Formed: 2006 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Mixing preppy, well-read indie rock with joyful, Afro-pop-inspired melodies and rhythms, Vampire Weekend grew from one of the first bands to be championed by music bloggers into a Grammy Award-winning act that helped define the sound of the 2010s. Hailing from New York City, Ezra Koenig, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij, and Chris Tomson formed the band early in 2006, when they were finishing up their studies at Columbia University. Taking their name from a short film Koenig made during his freshman...
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