Governor’s Ball Music Festival Line Up Announced

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Music festival unveiling have become one of the biggest news of the day and this time, the Governor’s Ball has revealed who will be playing the anticipated event.

Previously, it was announced that Outkast would be performing, you know just one of the 40 festivals they are going to be playing at, but they aren’t alone on the bill; The Strokes, Jack White and Vampire Weekend will all be playing that weekend.

The full list of performers can be seen below.

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The Governor’s Ball is set to take place during the weekend of June 6-8 on Randall’s Island in New York City. Tickets are a little steep, so the event organizers have set up a way for fans to be able to pay for their tickets in increments. Yes, a payment plan for tickets, what does that tell you. All information can be seen over at their official site.

Vampire Weekend Contribute to Starbucks’ Valentine Compilation

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It feels like we haven’t heard much from Vampire Weekend since they put out their recently released album,  Modern Vampires of the City.

The last time we covered something by them was back in June when they released the official music video for their single, “Diane Young” which featured some of their closet musical friends taking the iconic “Last Supper” painting and making it their own.

So imagine our surprise when we found out that the band will be featured on Sweatheart 2014, Starbucks’ Valentines Day 2014 compilation. Their contribution to the album is a cover of neo-classical tune “Con Te Partirò” by the one and only, Andrea Bocelli.

And yes, frontman Ezra Koenig does sing the song in Italian with of course the band’s own electro-twist.

The full track list for the compilation can be seen below while the song can be heard here.

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SWEETHEART 2014 TRACKLIST:

1. Jim James – “Turn Your Lights Down Low” (Bob Marley cover)
2. Vampire Weekend – “Con Te Partirò” (Inspired by the Andrea Bocelli recording)
3. Beck – “Love” (John Lennon cover)
4. Phosphorescent – “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” (Bob Dylan cover)
5. The Head and the Heart – “Don’t Forget Me” (Harry Nilsson cover)
6. Valerie June – “Happy or Lonesome” (the Carter Family cover)
7. Bahamas – “Always on My Mind” (Willie Nelson cover)
8. Thao – “If You Were Mine” (Ray Charles cover)
9. Ben Harper – “Fade Into You” (Mazzy Star cover)
10. Fiona Apple – “I’m In The Middle of a Riddle” (Anton Karas cover)
11. Brandi Carlile – “The Chain” (Fleetwood Mac cover)
12. Blake Mills – “I Hope” (Bobby Charles cover)
13. Sharon Jones – “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” (Stevie Wonder cover)

iTunes Festival Adds More Performers

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Kings of Leon and Vampire Weekend have been added to this year’s iTunes Festival.

Both bands will be performing at the Roadhouse, like all other iTunes Festival performers in September. Kings of Leon will perform at the month-long festival on September 11 while Vampire Weekend will follow them four days later on September  15. But KOL and VW aren’t the only ones that have been added to the already announced line-up; Paramore, Sigur Ros, Rizzle Kicks and composer Ludovico Einaudi have all been added to the bill.

As of now, the bill not only includes these new comers but also Justin Timberlake, Jake Bugg, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Queens Of The Stone Age, Jack Johnson, Primal Scream, Phoenix and Jessie J.

The festival will run every single night in September, with different performers taking the stage every night at the Roadhouse in Camden, London. As of right now, there will be an estimated 60 performers taking part in the show. Tickets for the festival are free, but before anyone gets any ideas of packing their bags and escaping to London for a month, only residents of the UK can qualify to be put in the lottery type give out they will be using.

But there is a silver-lining in all that. The festival will be broadcast live or on-demand on Apple devices and via iTunes.

LINE-UP (updated-6/19):

Sigur Ros (September 2)
Paramore (4)
Rizzle Kicks (5)
Queens Of The Stone Age (6)
Phoenix (7)
Jake Bugg (10)
Kings of Leon (11)
Vampire Weekend (15)
Jack Johnson (16)
Ludovico Einaudi (17)
30 Seconds to Mars (18)
Primal Scream (20)
Jessie J (23)
Justin Timberlake (29)

Vampire Weekend Release New Video

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Vampire Weekend are back with the official music video for the first single off Modern Vampires of the City. 

The video which is for the song “Diane Young,” features a who’s who of the band’s closest friends which include Sky Ferreira, Santigold and Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, P-Thugg and Dave1 of Chromeo, Primo Kahn and Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen all enjoying their own version of the famous painting, “The Last Supper.”

While the list of special guest stars are cool, this isn’t the first time that the band have called on the powers of celebrities for their music videos. If you don’t remember, the video for “Giving Up the Gun” also featured a list of star like Lil Jon, Joe Jonas, RZA, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Check out the video for “Diane Young” below.

Vampire Weekend Stream New Album

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Vampire Weekend are currently streaming their new album, Modern Vampires of the City. The album which was supposed to be released next week is being streamed exclusive on iTunes which can be heard right hereModern Vampires is the third album from the New York-based band which also includes lead single, “Diane Young” and “Ya Hey.”

What do you guys think about Vampire Weekend’s new album? Drop us a line.

The Vampire Weekend/Steve Buscemi Chronicles Continue

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With only a few days left until the American Express Unstaged Concert Series on Sunday, the Vampire Weekend/Steve Buscemi chronicles continue with episode three and four.

In episode three, we catch Buscemi hanging out in the park when he runs into Claire Boucher or Grimes like she is better known as, and her friend James Brooks from Elite Gymnastics.

Buscemi goes on to invite her to an Easter brunch when she declines because she “just doesn’t feel like it.” He even tries to coax her into coming by saying Vampire Weekend will be there, but not even that gets her to come along.

Best part is after she leaves and Buscemi goes on a little rampage about inviting her every year, and every single year she declines.

(Episode Three)

Episode four, unlike episode three features more family bonding time as the band and the actor sit around, dyeing Easter eggs, talking about Easter. Oh, the awkward family bonding time.

(Episode Four)

Vampire Weekend and Steve Buscemi: Episode Two

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Over the last couple of weeks, Steve Buscemi and Vampire Weekend have been getting closer. This upcoming weekend, the Boardwalk Empire star will be directing the band’s live stream from New York’s Roseland Ballroom as part of the American Express Unstaged Series.

This also doubles as some family bonding time since it was revealed that Vampire Weekend’s bassist, Chris Baio and Buscemi were actually related.

Check out the (awkward) funniness below as they head to Sunset Park’s Melody Lanes.

San Fran’s Outside Lands Festival Line-Up

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Another festival, another line-up reveal but this time it’s for San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival.

Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and more are set to play this year’s Outside Lands Festival, festival organizers revealed yesterday.

But that’s not all, other artists that will be joining this year’s installment of the festival include: Other artists booked for the sixth installment of Outside Lands include: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Grizzly Bear, D’Angelo, the National, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Wavves, Jurassic 5, Youth Lagoon, Gary Clark Jr., Jessie Ware, Foals, Yeasayer, Surfer Blood, Chromatics, Willie Nelson & Family, Kaskade, Pretty Lights, Matt & Kim, Camper Van Beethoven, the Men, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Dawes, the Tallest Man on Earth, Band of Horses, A-Trak, Young the Giant.

Tickets for the festival will start to be sold on April 18 at noon PST. A significant portion of the proceeds from tickets will reportedly be donated to San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department.

Now that’s a way to give back to Mother Nature.

Vampire Weekend Webcast to be Directed by Steve Buscemi

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Turns out that this weekend’s Easter Parade march featuring Vampire Weekend and Steve Buscemi did have some ulterior motive. The band have announced today that they will be hosting a livestream of their performance at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom on April 28, as part of the American Express Unstaged series and Buscemi will be directing it.

Bassist Chris Baio originally reached out to the Boardwalk Empire star when he found out that they were in fact distant cousin while retracing his family tree. When he found out, the band posted on their Twitter this tid-bit of information also confirming that Buscemi was excited about the idea.

Baio said the following to Rolling Stone Magazine in an interview:

“He really is a great director. Growing up, I was a huge “Sopranos” fan and one of my favorite episodes is “The Pine Barrens”, which he directed. Also, I just realized this morning he directed the ‘Leap Day” episode of “30 Rock” last year; that’s one of my favorites. I feel safe in his hands.”

This New York performance will be the group’s first performance in two and a half years and will feature some of their new tracks from their upcoming album, Modern Vampires of the City. Buscemi will also be recording some bonus documentary footage of the show while at it.

Until then, relive the randomness that is Steve Buscemi singing “Diane Young” through a megaphone with the band members just hanging around.

Modern Vampires of the City is set to be released on May 14 through XL Recordings.

Vampire Weekend and Steve Buscemi Head Up Easter Parade

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What an unlikely scene it must have been to see Boardwalk Empire star, Steve Buscemi and the boys of Vampire Weekend heading the Easter Parade in New York yesterday, but yes indeed, it did happen.

Before the bunny hopping holiday even began, the band tweeted that bassist Chris Baio was digging through his family history only to find out that he is in fact “a distant cousin of actor Steve Buscemi.” They continued by letting fans know that, Buscemi was excited about finding out about their family connection.

“He has reached out to Mr. Buscemi who was VERY EXCITED about the connection. We are thrilled about the potential for showbiz synergy. There is more exciting news to come! For now, look at these beautiful, long-lost cousins”

The band and Buscemi were on present to hand out chocolate eggs at New York City’s Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival. Buscemi took on the role of Easter bunny by wearing the floppy ears and handed out Easter eggs. Just in case there was some kind of misunderstanding about what was going on, the band and the actor held a huge banner that let the unsuspecting (or suspecting?) people  know what was happening.

Thanks to Coup de Main magazine, here are some pictures from the parade.

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Here’s a snippet of Buscemi singing through a megaphone the band’s new song, “Diane Young”: