Click Track: Weekend

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 12/21/2010

How did we do at predicting the Pitchfork top ten?

We got the top four right -- not in order, but close! Pitchfork announced its best albums of 2010 list on Friday, ( i.e. 10,000 years ago in Internet time), so please pardon this late post-mort. But way back on...

By Click Track  |  02:56 PM ET, 12/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Riffs | Tags:  Big Boi, Deerhunter, James Blake, Joanna Newsom, Kanye West, LCD Soundsystem, Pitchfork, Sleigh Bells, Titus Andronicus, Vampire Weekend

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 11/30/2010

Riffs: Free Energy, Vampire Weekend and Lenny Kravitz, the inescapable songs on TV

As the days get shorter, the temperature gets colder, the local concert calendars become more bare and the NBA season kicks into high gear, we find ourselves entering hibernation mode and spending more time in front of the TV. (We've...

By David Malitz  |  02:07 PM ET, 11/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Riffs | Tags:  Free Energy, Lenny Kravitz, Vampire Weekend

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 11/08/2010

Week ahead: Todd Snider plays benefit at Rock & Roll Hotel; Conan welcomes Soundgarden

Todd Snider plays for a good cause on Saturday night. (Courtesy of the artist) If you go to one concert this week, make it: Impossibly-entertaining singer-songwriter Todd Snider playing a benefit show Saturday night at Rock & Roll Hotel. The...

By David Malitz  |  02:15 PM ET, 11/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Future days | Tags:  Soundgarden, Todd Snider, Weekend

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 09/16/2010

The new super-headliners and the fans that love them: Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Arcade Fire

Vampire Weekend, MGMT and Arcade Fire played the big stages this summer. How did their young fans respond? By David Malitz This summer, three young rock bands -- Vampire Weekend, MGMT and Arcade Fire -- made the leap to super-headliner...

By David Malitz  |  11:30 AM ET, 09/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Riffs | Tags:  Arcade Fire, MGMT, Vampire Weekend

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/11/2010

Vampire Weekend's guitarist has his mind in Brooklyn, his roots in Georgetown

Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij spent his teenage years honing his music skills in his Georgetown home. (Helayne Seidman/TWP) By Chris Richards A gold record hangs in the Washington kitchen of Najmieh and Mohammad Batmanglij -- the sweet smell of success...

By Chris Richards  |  12:00 PM ET, 09/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  In today's Post | Tags:  Vampire Weekend

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 09/03/2010

For indie rockers, 'jam band' increasingly no longer a shameful term

More and more indie rockers are saying it's OK to like Trey. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Aaron Leitko On Saturday, Vampire Weekend will headline at Merriweather Post Pavilion. It will be the New York-based indie-rock quartet's first gig at the Maryland...

By Aaron Leitko  |  03:45 PM ET, 09/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  In today's Post | Tags:  Grateful Dead, MGMT, Phish, Real Estate, Vampire Weekend

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 07/19/2010

Vampire Weekend's record label addresses "Contra" model lawsuit

By Chris Richards Last week, we noted that Kirsten Kennis, the model whose 1983-face adorns the cover of Vampire Weekend's "Contra" album, is suing the band. Today, the band and its label, XL Recordings, issued an official statement on...

By Chris Richards  |  12:27 PM ET, 07/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Vampire Weekend

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 07/19/2010

Justin Bieber breaks YouTube record; Vampire Weekend frustrated by lawsuit

Justin Bieber: Prince of YouTube. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) By Chris Richards - Justin Bieber has cemented his rep as the definitive pop-throb of the YouTube era as views for his video for "Baby" recently exceeded the 246 million mark. That...

By Chris Richards  |  10:00 AM ET, 07/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Morning click | Tags:  Justin Bieber, Metallica, Vampire Weekend

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 07/15/2010

Who's that girl? She's suing Vampire Weekend!

By Chris Richards How TMZ beat Pitchfork to this one is anyone's guess. (Maybe the indie site is busy this week?) According to the gossip site, model Kirsten Kennis, the woman who appears on the cover of Vampire Weekend's...

By Chris Richards  |  04:22 PM ET, 07/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  News | Tags:  Vampire Weekend

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 07/02/2010

Sleigh Bells: Summer fling or in it for the long haul?

Tonight the massively-hyped New York duo Sleigh Bells performs a sold-out show at Rock & Roll Hotel. (Read a Q&A with guitarist Derek Miller.) The loud-Louder-LOUDEST party anthems on the band's debut album “Treats” are no doubt serving as...

By David Malitz  |  12:45 PM ET, 07/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Riffs | Tags:  Justice, Lily Allen, M.I.A., Passion Pit, Sleigh Bells, Vampire Weekend

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 06/17/2010

Taking sides: Which music video best steals from famous art?

Katy Perry: California gurl, art lover. Vampire Weekend recently sang about a "Richard Serra skatepark" but we've yet to see a video featuring the band performing in a skatepark designed by sculptor Richard Serra. Hop to it, dudes. Still, plenty...

By Chris Richards  |  12:05 PM ET, 06/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Taking sides | Tags:  Beck, Grace Jones, Kanye West, Katy Perry, REM, Thom Yorke, Vampire Weekend

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 05/18/2010

Mary J. Blige to play Nina Simone; Jazz great Hank Jones dies; Vampire Weekend returns

Mary J. Blige has been waiting... waiting.. waiting to play Nina Simone. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) By Chris Richards - Sometimes the echo chamber works verrrrrry slowwwwwly: Yesterday, Pitchfork reported that legendary R&B vocalist Mary J. Blige has...

By Chris Richards  |  09:00 AM ET, 05/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Morning click | Tags:  Beach House, Dum Dum Girls, Hank Jones, Mary J. Blige, Nina Simone, Vampire Weekend

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 05/13/2010

Eminem hits No. 1, schedules shows with Jay-Z; New "Twilight" soundtrack is indie-tastic; Roots and John Legend team for covers album

Eminem tops the charts and will play at Yankee Stadium. (Gary Malerba/Associated Press) By David Malitz - Eminem will debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with his latest single, "Not Afraid." It is just the...

By David Malitz  |  09:00 AM ET, 05/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Morning click | Tags:  Band of Horses, Bat For Lashes, Beck, Eminem, Jay-Z, John Legend, The Roots, Vampire Weekend

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 04/05/2010

In concert: Vampire Weekend at Constitution Hall

It was a pleasant Saturday night at Constitution Hall with Vampire Weekend, not much more. (All photos by Michael Temchine/FTWP) By Mark Jenkins In today's jaded pop market, it takes a pretty big band to sell out a venue the...

By David Malitz  |  10:30 AM ET, 04/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  In concert | Tags:  Vampire Weekend

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 03/29/2010

Week ahead: Erykah Badu releases "Part Two," Liquid Liquid on "Fallon"?!

Punk disco originals Liquid Liquid will appear on "Fallon" Friday; DNA's "Lopez Tonight" appearance imminent. In concert: If you're into big-name DJs, Fur presents you with a couple of opportunities this week: Armin Van Buuren is there on Tuesday...

By David Malitz  |  05:05 PM ET, 03/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Future days | Tags:  Erykah Badu, Gang Gang Dance, Liquid Liquid, Usher, Vampire Weekend, Yeasayer

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 01/20/2010

Morning click: Coachella Lineup Announced; Folk singer Kate McGarrigle dies

Jay-Z, Gorillaz, Phoenix, and MGMT are scheduled to play this year's Coachella Festival. (Photos clockwise from top: Jason DeCrow/AP; Myspace) - The 2010 Coachella lineup has been announced and it's looking a little less wrinkly than in years past....

By Ally Schweitzer  |  08:30 AM ET, 01/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Morning click | Tags:  Jay-Z, Ludacris, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Wale

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 01/11/2010

Future days: Casablancas comes to 9:30, Mos Def does "Austin City Limits"

Tomorrow night, he said, oh baby I'll be in town. (RCA Records) In concert: A couple months ago Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas released his debut solo album, "Phrazes for the Young." The world mostly shrugged. Then a few weeks...

By David Malitz  |  04:05 PM ET, 01/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Future days | Tags:  Brian Fallon, Julian Casablancas, K'naan, Ke$ha, Mos Def, OK Go, Vampire Weekend

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 01/08/2010

The privilege is ours: A review of Vampire Weekend's 'Contra'

Vampire Weekend - sharp dressed men. (Søren Solkær Starbird) By Chris Richards Vampire Weekend's new album, "Contra," arrives at the dawn of what's sure to be a decade of details. The small stuff will be sweated. And tweeted. And micro-blogged....

By Chris Richards  |  04:29 PM ET, 01/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Album reviews | Tags:  Vampire Weekend

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 01/04/2010

Future days: A visit from Grandmaster Flash, Kanye tells stories and Nick Jonas hits the late night circuit

Katherine McPhee's new album is in stores Tuesday. Here's your quick look at this week's concerts album releases and TV appearances of note. In concert: The Warner Theatre hosts a night of classic American sounds on Friday night with...

By David Malitz  |  04:27 PM ET, 01/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Future days | Tags:  Grandmaster Flash, Kanye West, Ke$ha, Nick Jonas, Vampire Weekend

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/04/2010

Morning click: Soundgarden reunites, Vampire Weekend streams new album

Add another to the reunion list: Soundgarden will be back together in 2010. - How did the '10s start? With a flashback to the '90s, of course. The minute the new year started, Chris Cornell made the following announcement on...

By David Malitz  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Morning click | Tags:  Soundgarden, Vampire Weekend, Van Morrison