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Firefly On The Fly: Sunday sundown with Vampire Weekend, Hop Along, Car Seat Headrest, Jessie Reyez and more

Vampire Weekend | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The third and final day of this year’s Firefly Festival was a hot one for audiences and artists alike. Many people were spotted hanging more along the sides of the stage for shade and more than a few artists made comments along the lines of “It’s hot as fuck up here!” While it appeared that the daytime attendance was up on Sunday, the “Super VIP” section was lacking some Super VIPS and many were upgraded to get closer to their favorite artists. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Vampire Weekend will headline The Mann Center in September

Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend | photo by Monika Mogi | courtesy of the artist

While Vampire Weekend‘s first new songs in six years, the brooding “2021” and the euphoric “Harmony Hall,” have us excited to see them at the Firefly Festival this summer, we just today got word of a big gig that Ezra Keonig and company are playing a little closer to home.

On September 4th, Vampire Weekend makes a headlining appearance at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. It is the New York City modern rock outfit’s biggest Philadelphia gig to date — and a long way from their first Philly show, opening for Ra Ra Riot and Tokyo Police Club at Johnny Brenda’s in 2007. Vampire Weekend’s last appearance in Philadelphia proper was a September 19th set at the Skyline Stage of the Mann Center. Continue reading →

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Maggie Rogers to Vampire Weekend: 8 of 2019’s Most Anticipated Releases

Maggie Rogers | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN // J.S. Ondara | photo by Josh Cheuse | courtesy of the artist // Ali Awan | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

New year, new music; today, XPN Morning Show host Kristen Kurtis rounds up eight records that she cannot wait to hear in 2019. Read and listen below.

WHO: Maggie Rogers

WHAT: Heard It in a Past Life

WHEN: January 18th

WHY: It feels like forever since a demo of “Alaska” made Pharrell cry while hosting a master class for songwriters at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. A year and a half (and one SNL performance) after that viral video made Maggie Rogers an immediate internet sensation, she is finally releasing her full-length debut album. She plays the Fillmore Philadelphia on Saturday, March 30. Continue reading →

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Firefly 2019’s lineup led by Panic! At The Disco, Travis Scott, Post Malone, with Courtney Barnett, Vampire Weekend, Hop Along on the undercard

from left, Panic! At The Disco | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN // Travis Scott | photo by Isaiah Spicer for WXPN // Post Malone | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

While Firefly‘s recently-announced 2019 lineup isn’t doing anything to improve the Dover, Delaware festival’s track record of booking overwelmingly male headliners, seeing psychedelic rap visionary Travis Scott take the big-font Saturday-night prime slot is indeed a silver lining, especially in the wake of his ridiculous ASTROWORLD tour stop at the Wells Fargo Center.

Scott is sandwiched between Friday’s appearance from pop punk dramatists Panic! At the Disco and Sunday’s closing set from hip-hop’s voice of suburban ennui, Post Malone, who admittedly has a few catchy songs in his playbook. But as the case is with most festivals of this scale, the true excitement at Firefly lies in its undercard. Continue reading →

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Watch Vampire Weekend sing about Peter Gabriel, and then cover Peter Gabriel

Vampire Weekend at Lollapalooza | photo by Timothy Hiatt | via Billboard

Vampire Weekend and Peter Gabriel have a history — in “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” off their self-titled debut album (now ten years old) the lyrics shoutout Peter Gabriel. Gabriel later covered the song with Hot Chip (including the hysterically meta lyric change “it feels so unnatural to sing your own name”), and most recently Vampire Weekend paid tribute to their idol at End Of The Road festival in England last weekend. Continue reading →

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Vampire Weekend makes an atypical entrance, announces new album at Lollapalooza

Vampire Weekend at Lollapalooza | photo by Timothy Hiatt | via Billboard

When Vampire Weekend took the Lallapalooza stage in Chicago last weekend, the crowd went wild for their opener “A Punk,” their first big hit from the start of their career.

And then they went wild again when the band played it a second time.

And then they figured something was up… Continue reading →

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Photo Recap: Vampire Weekend played an energized set at the Mann Center

Vampire Weekend | Photo by Kate McCann | www.katemccannphotography.com All photos by Kate McCann | www.katemccannphotography.com

Aughties indie royalty Vampire Weekend headlined the skyline stage at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts last night, playing a 21-song set that drew heavily from their excellent 2013 release Modern Vampires of the City, but touched on all three of the band’s albums to the screams of a very enthusiastic crowd. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below, and read the setlist after the jump.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Vampire Weekend at the Mann Center, Dessa at World Cafe Live, Travis at The Keswick Theater

Photo by Alex John Beck
Photo by Alex John Beck

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.

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