Modern Vampires Of The City Out May 14 On XL Recordings

VAMPIRE WEEKEND has confirmed a September 20 headline show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn NY. Tickets to the band’s first ever engagement at Barclays will be on sale beginning Saturday, May 4–the same day its September 28 return to the Hollywood Bowl goes on sale.

Vampire Weekend has also confirmed its return to Saturday Night Live: The band will play NBC’s hallowed Studio 8H for the third time on May 11, with host Kristen Wiig.

The SNL and Barclays confirmations come in the wake of the recent announcement of Vampire Weekend’s highly anticipated third album, Modern Vampires of the City. Already hailed in a 4.5 star Rolling Stone lead review raving “dark but beautiful… Vampire Weekend have gotten better at just about everything they do… pushing into awesome new directions,” Modern Vampires of the City is scheduled for release May 14 on XL Recordings. The new album is the band’s first full length collection of new material since its gold-certified sophomore album Contra, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart upon its 2010 release.

Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig and Rostam Batmanglij worked more closely than ever on Modern Vampires of the City.  Most songs began one of two ways: either with Rostam creating musical beds over which Ezra would lay lyrics and melodies, or with Ezra providing lyrics and melodies around which the instrumental setting for the track would be sculpted. In the summer of 2012, the two traveled to Los Angeles to collaborate with Rostam’s longtime friend Ariel Rechtshaid, who shares  production credits on Modern Vampires… marking the first time Rostam has had a co-producer on one of the band’s albums. Bringing along the results of sessions from New York and Martha’s Vineyard, the three began to stride towards realizing the finished album and were later joined by drummer Chris Tomson and bassist Chris Baio. A recently released double A-side single “Diane Young”/”Step”-which can be heard at  a first glimpse into an album flush with grandeur and romanticism evocative of the city where it was conceived. Church organs, deep synth bass, booming drums, choirs chanting in Latin are combined combined with classic Vampire Weekend joyfulness and spry humor, resulting in an album that expands the band’s sonic and intellectual palette into surprising new realms.


On Tour

May 2nd, 2013 – The Troxy, London

May 15th, 2013 – Agganis Arena, Boston

May 16th, 2013 – Sony Center for the Performing Arts, Toronto

May 17th, 2013 – The Fillmore, Detroit

May 20th, 2013 – Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison

May 21st, 2013 – Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City

May 23rd, 2013 – Keller Auditorium, Portland

May 24th, 2013 – Sasquatch Music Festival, George

May 29th, 2013 – Casino De Paris, Paris

June 23rd, 2013 – Firefly Festival, Dover

June 26th – 30th – Glastonbury Festival, Pilton

June 28th, 2013 – Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth

June 29th, 2013 – O2 Academy Bournemouth, Bournemouth

July 4th – 7th – Rock Werchter, Werchter

July 6th, 2013 – Olympic Park, London

July 7th, 2013 – De Werald Draait Buiten, Amsterdam

July 9th, 2013 – Poupet Festival, Cholet

July 12th, 2013 – Optimus Alive, Lisbon

July 13th, 2013 – BBK Live, Bilbao

July 14th, 2013 – Musalic Festival, Aix-les-Bains

July 19th, 2013 – Gentlemen of the Road Lewes Stopover, Lewes

July 20th, 2013 – Longitude Festival, Dublin

August 4th, 2013 – Lollapalooza, Chicago

August 9th, 2013 – Squamish Music Festival, Squamish

August 11th, 2013 -Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco

September 20th, 2013 – Barclays Center, Brooklyn

September 28th, 2013 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles

October 8th, 2013 – Midland Theater, Kansas City