With their best album yet in tow, Vampire Weekend rolls through town tonight to headline the Skyline Stage at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Modern Vampires of the City is big, polished and very poppy while not shirking on the band’s signature non-sequitur sound. “Diane Young” might bump dancefloors, but it’s a pretty unusual-sounding song to be doing so; “Step” is a classically-rooted number (what’s up, Pachelbel’s Canon) but it got a booming hip-hop beat. And “Ya Hey” – man, try getting that song unstuck from your head after tonight’s show. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch Vampire Weekend’s Lollapalooza set to get you properly prepared for tonight.
Eclectic twin cities hiphop artist and Doomtree affiliate Dessa performs tonight at World Cafe Live. Her third full-length record, Parts of Speech, was released this June to critical acclaim, and she’s been compared to Mos Def as well as Dorothy Parker. Opening the show is Sombear, the new project of Bradley Hale of Now, Now. Be on the lookout for our interview with Dessa later today. For now, get information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar and check out Dessa’s “Call Off Your Ghost” video below.
Scottish pop-rock four-piece Travis are back with their seventh release, Where You Stand. The band gained lots of buzz in the late 90s for its raucous album Good Feeling, and broke through to the mainstream with the snappy poppy The Man Who and its irresistible single “Why Does It Always Rain on Me?” Thankfully, Fran Healy is a skilled songwriter and that single wasn’t the only trick he has up his sleeve – watch the imaginatively animated video for “Moving” below, and get tickets and information on tonight’s headlining show at The Keswick Theater here.