Posted by: Nick | September 16, 2008

REVIEW: Vampire Weekend @ Headliner’s – 9/9

Not since Iron & Wine came to town has Headliner’s been as packed as it was for Vampire Weekend’s first performance in Louisville.  The crowd was considerably younger as you would expect; filled with teenage girls hoping to make eye contact with the guys from New York.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that Vampire Weekend has taken the world by storm, gracing the cover of every music mag, playing every late show, having their songs played in commercials and in TV shows and selling out show after show.  I must admit, their sound is completely addicting and their debut album, released in January, is excellent (and sure to top Best Of 2008 lists come December).  You can read my “Addicted to Vampire Weekend” post here.  They played for a lucky few at the Old Tar Distillery in Lexington last November, and my how far they have come in less than a year.

An excellent group, White Williams from New York (headed by Joe Williams, opened and, I’m sure, picked up a bunch of new fans.  I listened to their album Smoke, released last November, and liked it, but wasn’t blown away.  After watching their live performance, I realized that they are one of those bands that must be seen live before you can really enjoy simply listening to their disc in you car.  The same is true for the people they have toured with in the past; people like Dan Deacon, Greg Gillis aka Girl Talk and Battles.  I couldn’t help but draw comparisons to a young James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem.    WW opened with their ever popular song,”New Violence,” and had my full attention from there.  Our friend Aaron Frank over at Critical Acclaim has a great interview with Joe, Matt and Cale here.

After a long break between sets, Vampire Weekend took the stage at 9:52.  I wrote down the exact time they went on because I was curious how long their performance could go with only a handful of songs.  The result: 46 minutes.  They played every song off their only album, a B-Side (“Ladies of Cambridge”), and a new one (“White Sky”).

The crowd at Headliner’s is always interesting.  On top of the young girls, there is always a crowd at Headliner’s that seem to just go because they like Headliner’s and have no clue who is playing.  You could tell who these people were because they were requesting Tim McGraw covers (I am not joking).  There were also some pleas for a new album, even though the just released this one in January.  I guess I can’t fault people for wanting more VW though.  The only boos from the audience came when frontman, Ezra Koenig, mentioned playing in Lexington before.  Clearly, some were still holding on to UofL’s beating a few weeks ago.

Four songs in, there was some technical difficulties with a speaker that was cracking pretty bad.  Roadies and the tech guys worked in the background through two songs before the cracking stopped.  The show was not affected, but keyboardist, Rostam Batmanglij, seemed upset (I think it may have been his monitor).

I left the show pleased and uplifted, as did most of the people in attendance.  As we hiked to our cars parked in what felt like an old salvage yard, it was easy to see just how far from Cape Cod we were.  But with our new appreciation of how hard they have it up there, who couldn’t help but smile.

Vampire Weekend- Wolcott (Finale)

Bonus Treat: Vampire Weekend Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Teenagers edit)

More pics and set list below the break…

SET LIST

  1. Mansard Roof
  2. Campus
  3. Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
  4. M79
  5. It All Comes at Once (new)
  6. Bryn
  7. Ladies of Cambridge
  8. A-Punk
  9. One (Blake’s Got a New Face)
  10. I Stand Corrected
  11. The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance
  12. Oxford Comma

ENCORE

  1. Wolcott

Vampire Weekend




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White Williams

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Responses

  1. THIS WAS A GOOD SHOW,

    I CAN SAY THAT THEY LIVED UP TO THE HYPE,

    THE LIVE SET WAS FUN AND ORIGINAL, IT WAS

    NICE TO CATCH ON A TUESDAY, I AM A

    BONAFIED FAN NOW


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