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Vampire Weekend: WXPN's January 2008 Artist to Watch

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend has emerged from the fertile New York indie-rock scene. All four of its members met while attending Columbia University. Still, they stick out of the crowd for two reasons.

First, their endearingly wordy lyrics make Vampire Weekend's songs sound collegiate in the best possible way. And second, their unique sound inventively mixes contemporary American indie-rock, Western classical music and South African traditional music.

The band strived to capture its Afro-pop fandom in its songwriting, and it did well: Stylish songs such as "A-Punk" blend ska and woodwinds, while "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" invokes African dance music, not to mention lyrics about raging hormones.

Website: vampireweekend.com
MySpace: myspace.com/vampireweekend
Recent Release: "Mansard Roof" (single)
Release Date: October 23, 2007 / self-titled, full length debut slated for release January 2008
Label: XL Recordings

Song Clips:
listen A-Punk | Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa | Mansard Roof

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